Going into higher education can greatly improve the job opportunities available to your teenager as well as increasing their potential earnings. So even if no one in your family has been to university don't rule it out as an option for your teenager. There's lots of help available to cover the cost of university including grants that do not have to be paid back. You can find out about the financial help available to students on our student finance page.
There's more to higher education than just degrees. Your teenager can also choose from a range of work-related courses including HNDs and foundation degrees. The type of course your teenager can choose will depend on the qualifications they have gained after Year 11 and the subject or vocational area they are interested in. Most courses will last between 3 to 4 years, although it could be longer if they are taking a part-time degree. Entry requirements for courses will vary, so it's important that your teenager researches both the types of courses available and the universities and colleges they want to study at before filling out their UCAS application. You can find out more about applying for higher education application process on the UCAS website:www.ucas.com/parents
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National charity promoting opportunities for young people and adults with a disability or learning difficulty in post-16 education, training and employment.
Page last updated 25/10/12