• One key mistake most students make is leaving the choice of university (or institution) too late and not researching all the options available.

    Ideally, a serious search for a University/College/School should start 2 years to 18 months before applying. However, it is not the end of the world if you've started searching quite late.

    Assuming that students start looking for an institution early, they may want to consider:

    • What are the strengths of that university/college/school?

    • What is the student experience like at the institution? (In the UK, this information is published, especially for universities).

    • What resources and facilities does the university (college/school) have to help me reach my personal goals and career aspirations? (For example, teaching resources all the way through to career guidance).

    • The university/institution rankings which include the profile of the institution and what the university is known for (nationally and

    • What are the entry requirements (qualifications) I need to gain access to this institution and how do I work steadily towards ensuring I can comfortably achieve the required academic goals.

    The advantage in starting your search early is that you can see what (university) entry requirements (qualifications) are needed and this can develop your motivation and boost your strategies to gain access to an institution of your preference.

    Anna Taylor
    Educational Consultant
  • Sometimes, your choice of university, college or school may be determined by your preference for particular subjects/courses. For example, only particular institutions will offer medicine, architecture, performing arts or fashion. Some students will have to seek out institutions that specialise in these areas. Either way, it’s always good to start your search early and conduct research on the best institution for your studies.

    Anna Taylor
    Educational Consultant
  • Many younger pupils and students often feel reserved and inhibited when making enquiries into finding a school, college or university.

    However, don’t be afraid to write, email and call the institution of your choice (consult with parents, guardians or teachers to guide you in the process). Usually, you’ll be directed to an enquiry office where staff will be happy to help you. Firstly, see what information you can gather from the organisation’s website and social media pages and think proactively about any questions you want to ask the school, college or university. It’s important to reflect on what’s important to you as a student before making a decision on where to study.

    Anna Taylor
    Educational Consultant

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