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A level results day – what if things don’t go to plan?

A level results day is a milestone date in the lives of young people and parents, involving an emotional rollercoaster of anticipation, nervousness, joy or despair, and for some, a time when plans have to be changed. You may do better than expected, and decide at the last minute that you want to go to… Read more »


Choosing your university or college

Read Brian Heap’s advice on what to consider when making your choice of university: Location, reputation and open days For many applicants the choice of university or college is probably the main priority, with location being a key factor. However, many students have little or no knowledge of regional geography and have no concept of… Read more »


Putting the final polish on your personal statement

A great personal statement is a work of art, not a hastily written paragraph or two. It takes time to research, plan, draft and then re-draft. Do not be afraid to re-draft many times. You can enter between 1,000 and 4,000 characters or a maximum of 47 lines of text (including spaces and blank lines)… Read more »


Preparing for a university admissions interview

Brian Heap’s advice for students getting ready for their university interview: University interviews may be arranged simply to give you a chance to see the institution and the department and to meet the staff and students. Alternatively, interviews may be an important part of the selection procedure for specific courses such as Law, Medicine and… Read more »


What you need to know about UCAS applications and the points tariff

The UCAS application process can seem a daunting prospect, however, if you are organised and thorough then you should be able to navigate through it with ease. What is included in the UCAS application process? Applications to UK higher education courses are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applications have to be completed… Read more »


Countdown to the Oxbridge application deadline

With the 15 October deadline for Oxbridge applications not far away, here’s a handy checklist of key dates to keep in mind: September Finalise your personal statement with your teachers. Visit the UCAS website and register. Fill in the UCAS form – UCAS applications may be submitted from mid-September, see the UCAS website for key dates…. Read more »


What makes a good UCAS personal statement?

A good personal statement is one that is written at the end of an exhaustive research process. Students who are right for the course, who have understood the demands of the subject and are ready to take on the challenge, write winning personal statements. Weak personal statements are under-prepared, written in a hurry and without… Read more »


What to do on A Level results day … and after

Read Brian Heap’s advice from HEAP University Degree Course Offers on what to do on A Level results day … and after: Be at home! Do not arrange to be away when your results are published. If you do not achieve the grades you require, you will need to follow an alternative course of action and… Read more »


Do you need a law degree to go into the legal profession?

The legal profession in England and Wales is virtually unique in not requiring all entrants to have a law degree. In fact, many non- law graduates enter the profession through the full- time Graduate Diploma in Law programme (an intensive one- year postgraduate course for non- law graduates covering the essential foundation subjects taught as part of a law degree)…. Read more »


Five things students should consider if they want to study abroad

In recent years, more UK students have chosen to study overseas and, even after the results of the recent EU referendum, interest in studying abroad doesn’t appear to be waning. Wherever in the world your students go, they should expect some changes from the system we are used to in the UK. Carrying out thorough… Read more »