Higher Education is an expensive business. Now many course tuition fees have gone up to £9000 a year you may exit university with a degree and around £40,000 student debt. So you need to think clearly about whether it is worthwhile.
You need to ask yourself why do you want to go to University?
If it is just because you fancy getting away from your family for a while there might be cheaper ways of doing it! If it’s just because all your mates are going and you’ll be left on our own then maybe you need to think again. But if it’s because you want to study a subject that you’ve always been interested in and think it might open up your path to a future career you’re at least on the right track.
So why do you want to go?
You do have other options. How about:
- An apprenticeship
- A year out
- Getting a job
- Distance learning
- Setting up your own business
- Work experience and Internships
Even in these tough economic times there are loads of opportunities and you need to decide which is the best for you. Don’t just go to University because everyone else expects you to. Go to university because you know you will make the best of the opportunity and really help your future career. The Govt estimates that someone with a degree will earn £100,000 more during their lifetime than someone without a degree so financially it may work out in your favour, but only if you’re sure it is the right path for you.
To help you decide check out the websites tab above.
For more information talk to your teachers or careers contact in school or call The National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
There are around 300 institutions and roughly 50,000 courses in the UK!
Done your research? Now all you need to do is make the application!
After you’ve sent your application in you will need to keep an eye on ‘Track’.
Once you have your place and got over your celebration hangover you need to prepare.