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The Good Universities Guide is here to help you through the application process from start to finish (turn over for our timeline). Begin with choosing the right degree course for you – whatever subject you decide upon, it will have a different focus at different institutions, so research is key (page 20). Next, we offer top tips for open days (page 18) and a checklist for that all-important personal statement (page 40). Plus, enter our competition (page 54) where you can win a week’s work experience and a Kindle Fire!

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Timeline Key dates for your diary

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Step up to Sixth Form

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What to Pack

Make the most of the next two years

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Russell Group Universities

Our edit of the essentials

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Stats and facts

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Uni in the USA

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Open Days

Quidditch at the University of Oxford

Competition

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University Societies

Win work experience and a Kindle Fire!

Your tear-out-and-keep checklist

Choosing a Course

From the absurd to the worthy

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If Panic Strikes...

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Let the Adventure Begin

Law and design under the spotlight

What can you do with a degree in...

Coping strategies if nerves bite

Politics – at King’s College London

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Scholarships at University

Behind the Scenes

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Expert advice on how to apply

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Living at Uni Pick the accommodation that suits you

Get the most out of your gap year

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Uni Memories

We guide you through the application process

Economics graduate recounts his

Personal Statement

time at City University London

How do you make yours stand out?

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Student Finance Funding your degree and living costs

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Budgeting at Uni Top tips on how to save your cash

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If I Could Turn Back Time

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University Listings

Find your perfect university or higher education college in our comprehensive UK listings

Handy hints from graduates

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UCAS TIMELINE Keep on track with your university application process with these key dates for your diary LOWER SIXTH FORM

UCAS application deadline for the majority of undergraduate courses.

Student Finance applications for tuition fee funding and maintenance loans can begin early 2016.

15TH JANUARY

2016

Most of you will have received all of your university offers by now.

SPRING TERM

24TH MARCH

SPRING TERM

Start researching universities and courses.

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UCAS application deadline for some art and design courses, check course details to confirm. 31ST MARCH

SUMMER TERM

Plan open day visits at your shortlisted universities.

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A-level results day! Good luck.

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Time to draft your personal statement.

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

Register with UCAS – it’s time to start filling in your university application. Once you’re happy you can submit your application and use Track to follow the process online.

15TH OCTOBER

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UCAS application deadline for Oxbridge, medicine, veterinary medicine/science and dentistry.

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REBELS FIND YOUR

CAUSE You’re an awkward so-and-so aren’t you? Always asking questions and starting arguments. Never happy until you’ve got to the truth. Yes you’re awkward – and we like you already.

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KRIS SPENCER

assistant head, Latymer Upper School, London

STEP UP TO SIXTH FORM You’ve chosen your A-level subjects and started sixth form. So how do you make the most of your next two years? Kris Spencer advises… CERTAINTY AND UNCERTAINTY Let’s start with a classic interview question: “Where do you see yourself in the next two years?”. As a new Sixth Former you have an enviable level of certainty in answering this question. In two years, you will be holding a place at a great university to study the course that best suits and supports your talents and your ambitions. But to arrive at this certainty, your Sixth Form years will also be marked by some exciting uncertainties. At the very least, you’ll need to decide on the course and the university – and at not just one but five different institutions. You’ll also need to decide on who you are and who you want to be. Take heart, you will do all of this and so much more...

BALANCE In your first year, your priority is to adjust to Sixth Form life. It is crucial to find a balance between your work and social life. And to maintain good sleep patterns. There

is no need to focus on your university choices before you’ve had the chance to become comfortable being a Sixth Former. After the breadth of your GCSE campaign you now need to be prepared to go deeper into your chosen subjects, and work at a higher level. The work is harder and you’ll be expected to study with greater independence than before. Seek help early if you feel like you’re struggling, but also take ownership of your learning. This self-knowledge is the next step in your learning, and crucial preparation for university. There is one absolute, undisguisable fact – entry to university is determined by grades. You must work hard to boost your options.

Your Sixth Form life will open up opportunities to develop new connections with people around you

FIVE-A-DAY One of your priorities over the next two years of Sixth Form is to look after yourself, both physically and mentally. You’ll have heard of the Government’s five-a-day campaign to get people to eat more fruit and vegetables. Well, the NHS also have a five-a-day for wellbeing. It

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Previous page, Worth School, West Sussex Above, enjoy the world around you and try new experiences

The work at university is harder and you’ll be expected to study with greater independence than before

works well for busy Sixth Formers. The advice is that your daily mental health workout should include these five elements: Be active – The importance of physical activity to wellbeing is well known but it is also vital that you are active and engaged in all that you do. Your Sixth Form life will open up opportunities to develop new relationships and connections with the people around you. Don’t wait for opportunities – make them happen. Keep learning – Make learning your life. Intellectual curiosity is everything, both for achieving top grades and attracting the interest of university admissions tutors. At the end of every day think about what went well and build on this; also think about what you might have done differently, and better – learn from this. Give to others – One of the best ways of supporting your own self-esteem is to help others. Volunteering your time is fulfilling, and it gives you a clear perspective on your own life. Be mindful – Sixth Form can seem like part rollercoaster and part conveyor belt. If you’re not careful it will be over before

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you’ve had chance to take in all that you are experiencing. Seek out and create opportunities, look up and pause. Be aware of the present moment and enjoy your feelings and thoughts, and the world around you.

LOOKING AHEAD Once you are settled into your courses, you’ll know more about your interest and ability in the subjects you’ve chosen. The period after the Christmas holiday in your Lower Sixth year is a good time to start thinking about your university choices. Take a look online at some courses, and be realistic. Make a list of options to consider and start obtaining information about the universities and the courses. You should be as open as possible, most students chop and change their plans at this first stage.

GETTING PERSONAL As important as your exams are, so are the “soft” skills you’ll acquire during your course of study. As part of your UCAS application you’ll need to write a personal statement describing your academic interests but also your personal qualities – and you’ll need to give evidence. Think about this early. You might be able to organise or start a new activity which will enrich your profile. The five-a-day (left) list will help you choose something which will stretch and challenge you. Make a virtue of committing to things fully and doing your very best. Be a leader, if you get the opportunity.

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Above, you will find a number of courses and institutions which suit you

THE BIG DECISION For lots of students, deciding on their university destination is intimidating. Seek help and advice but don’t depend on others to tell you what you should do. Don’t follow the crowd. And don’t get too hung up on the university – it’s the choice of course that really matters. You will find a number of courses and institutions which suit you. Go easy on yourself: you’re deciding what to do next, not what you’ll be doing forever.

MAKING THE MOST OF THINGS Enjoying your Sixth Form studies and getting into a great university are closely linked. We enjoy things when we are fully immersed in them. To achieve this you’ll need to greet every opportunity, and every difficulty, with the same energy and enthusiasm. In doing this, you will also have come closer than you have ever been to knowing who you are and the person you want to be.

Make a point of committing to things fully and doing your very best. Be a leader if you get the chance

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REACH YOUR GOALS AT SOUTHAMPTON BY COMBINING YOUR AMBITION, YOUR TALENT AND OUR EXPERTISE. A global university in the heart of a vibrant city on the south coast of England, we are one of the UK’s top universities with a world-class reputation for teaching and research. Every year we help students discover their potential and broaden their future prospects through the support and wealth of opportunities we provide. Our degrees cover a wide range of subjects and offer exibility and choice, including the opportunity to study modules outside of your course, gain transferable skills and learn another language at no extra cost.

GLOBAL REPUTATION Top 1% of world universities Founding member of the Russell Group Top 15 UK university in The Guardian & Complete University Guides 2016

SCHOLARSHIPS We offer a variety of scholarships and progression awards

STUDY ABROAD We have over 400 links with 233 partners in 54 countries around the world

www.southampton.ac.uk/opportunity # Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), 2013/14

EMPLOYABILITY 94% of Southampton graduates entered employment or further study#


DAVID MANNION

communications officer and educational advisor, US-UK Fulbright Commission

“THERE ARE OVER 4,500 UNIVERSITIES TO CHOOSE FROM IN THE USA AND BRITISH STUDENTS ENJOY THE FLEXIBLE LIBERAL ARTS CURRICULUM”

“OVER 2,500 AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AWARD FOUR-YEAR DEGREES – A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN THE US TENDS TO TAKE FOUR YEARS. NEARLY 2,000 UNIVERSITIES AWARD TWO-YEAR DEGREES, OFTEN CALLED AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE (ALMOST EQUIVALENT TO A FOUNDATION DEGREE)”

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UNI IN THE USA

Thinking of studying for a degree in America? David Mannion gives you the low-down

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WHEN TO START Ideally, you will begin the process of researching universities and the application process one to one-and-ahalf years before you enrol. This means if you want to study in the US in September 2017, you will want to start the process by summer 2016. However, if you start slightly later than that, don’t worry, there will still be time to put together your application. You’ll simply need to work at a faster pace. The first step is to make sure US study is a good

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Above, Yale University, top right, New York, students in the Big Apple, below, bird’s eye view from the Empire State Building

There is a plethora of factors to consider: academic programmes, campus size, setting and funding match for your goals. Talk with your parents, careers adviser and anyone you know who has been to or studied in the States. Next, you should begin researching universities with a view to narrowing your search to a final shortlist. Consider a range of factors, including the academic programmes; campus size and setting; availability of funding; and the competitiveness of admission. The number of universities you can apply to isn’t limited like UCAS, but we recommend six to eight.

USA COLLEGE DAY It’s tricky to jet off to the States during term time, so Fulbright’s USA College Day fair, held in London every September, lets you speak to over 180 American universities in one place. US universities don’t have one-off open days, but admissions offices will hold daily tours throughout the year. If you’re not able to visit universities in the States, you can take advantage of online tours, speak to current British students at the institution and review student blogs. As you prepare your application, keep in mind that most universities will require you to submit an individual application directly.

Therefore, application deadlines and forms can vary slightly, although over 500 universities use the Common Application, which simplifies the process in terms of paperwork. That said, deadlines generally tend to fall between mid-October/early November (for early applications) and January (for regular applications).

WHAT TESTS WILL I DO? Most applicants will need to sit an admissions test: the SAT Reasoning Test (collegeboard.org) or ACT (actstudent.org). The most competitive universities may require two to three SAT Subject Tests in addition to the Reasoning Test, or the ACT with an additional writing section.

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hy do so many students cross the Atlantic for exchange programmes? In a recent survey, we found British students were most attracted to the availability of funding for bachelor’s study in the US, as well as the reputation and flexibility of its degrees. In America you don’t have to choose a field of study until your second year, and you can start with a two-year associate degree at a community college if you aren’t quite ready for a bachelor’s. Studying or working abroad for a summer or semester is also a fun and exciting way to learn about a new culture, all while expanding your CV and developing the skills and international perspective that employers seek.

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You can submit two to three essays, describing your academic interests, extra-curricular activities and about you as a person (US universities want to know about more than just your grades!). Those applying by the early deadlines may receive offers of admission before the Christmas holidays, and those applying by the regular deadlines will hear back by 1st April.

Cost can vary significantly from university to university, as there are no standard government-set fees like there are in the UK. Rather, each university sets its own fee rates, and this information should be readily available on the university financial aid or undergraduate admissions webpage. As an average though, the annual

WHAT WILL IT COST? The tests will need to be taken before applications are submitted and it is advised that you sit the test in the early autumn of upper sixth. Although there are testing dates throughout the academic year, spaces fill up very fast and the registration deadline is usually a month before each testing date. The results are valid for several years and tests can be retaken.

SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT You will submit a transcript from your school that lists your marks in the final four years before university (typically GCSEs and A levels), as well as up to three letters of reference from contacts who know you well, both inside and outside of school.

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Above, New York at night, top left and right, Yale University, New York

Typically, private universities have higher tuition rates than public (state-funded) universities. Private universities charge everyone the same rate, whereas public universities charge in-state students a lower tuition rate. As an international student, British students would be considered an out-of-state student for tuition purposes; a British student going to a Pennsylvania state university would be paying the same out-of-state rate as a Californian student going to that university. Generally speaking, out-of-state tuition is still lower than a private university’s fees, although private universities may be able to offer generous scholarships or financial aid to help lower the cost of attendance and that is certainly worth exploring.

undergraduate fees for 2014-15 were $31,231 at a private university, and $22,958 as an out-of-state student at a public university (College Board, 2014). Living costs would be separate, and depend very much on the location of each university.

HELP WITH FEES In a survey conducted by EducationUSA, over 600 US universities offered international students scholarships of over $10,000 per year. Of these 600, 250 offered a “full ride”, and nearly 20% of all international students in the US cite a scholarship as their primary source of funding. The Fulbright website, fulbright.org.uk has more information on funding.

PHOTOGRAPHY: FULBRIGHT COMMISSION, ALEX STEVENSON, KIRSTEN TINGLE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Over 600 US universities offer overseas students scholarships of more than $10,000 per year

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YASMIN SACHEE’S ACADEMIC GOALS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES SHAPED HER PLANS FOR UNIVERSITY

Name: Yasmin Sachee Age: 19 School: St Paul’s Girls’ School, London University: Harvard, Massachusetts

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hen I was contemplating studying at university in America, I thought the best place to start was to think about my academic goals and extra-curricular activities, and how I wanted them to shape my university education. Firstly, my AS-level studies were very diverse – I studied maths, further maths, Mandarin, history and economics. I felt quite restricted by limiting myself to studying just one subject. This gave me reason to consider other options, and American universities certainly had that appeal. I explored schools such as Brown, in Rhode Island, that would have given me complete freedom to take any courses I desired, or Columbia, in New York, that has more of a structured curriculum. Harvard, for me, strikes the perfect balance between the two; its General Education programme encourages students to take courses in eight different subject areas (from physics to philosophy), while still giving us a lot of freedom to choose our own courses. During my senior school years, my time outside the classroom was heavily divided between my two very different hobbies: playing the organ and Chinese language and culture. I began playing the organ at the age of 11 when I was awarded a music scholarship to St Paul’s. I became known as “organ girl” because I spent as much time as I could on the instrument and by my penultimate year, I began to play for services in my local church on weekends.

My interest in Mandarin was ignited by my studies at school and most notably when I went on SPGS’ language exchange programme to Beijing in Year 10. Furthermore, in my final year, when I was elected head girl of the school, I became even more stretched for time – but I felt I thrived under the time pressures of participating fully in school life. This is something I wanted to continue at university.

dedicated fully to the application process, who took time to get to know me individually in order to write my counsellor reference. I was also helped by two “Colet Fellows”, who were recent Harvard graduates that were hired by the school, which was very useful as they had just gone through the application process themselves. Moreover, as more Paulinas attend American universities, SPGS have set up a

Where do you live at Harvard? I live in Currier House. It’s one of 12 at the university. For the first year, all freshmen live on Harvard Yard. I lived in Weld Hall Ultimately, when I considered the amount of time I spent outside the classroom devoted to my interests and hobbies, I felt that the American universities were extremely interested in hearing about all of these different parts of my life. Every admissions officer who came to speak at school spoke about their college’s exciting academic, extra-curricular, study abroad, research opportunities that all students have access to and heavily utilise. I found myself completely sold on where I wanted to end up. St Paul’s has a significant support network for girls applying to American universities, which is why the numbers going on to higher education there seem to be growing each year. We had one teacher

mentoring system between alumnae and current students to help with the transition. Of course, there were a number of aspects of the application that I had to prepare for myself, such as SAT preparation and essay writing, but I felt these were manageable, since I was encouraged to start mine early. I could not be happier with my decision to go to America for university. The community that I am a part of and proud to represent, the people I am surrounded by and the opportunities offered are far greater than anything I believe I could experience elsewhere. I know that my peers feel the same way about their respective universities, but my experience so far makes me feel vindicated about my decision to apply to the US and Harvard in particular.

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OPEN DAY CHECKLIST

PHOTOGRAPHY: UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

It’s important to visit your shortlisted universities and to ask the right questions once there. Tear out and keep our essential guide

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OPEN DAY CHECKLIST

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IT’S GOOD TO TALK… to the tutors. And think of what to ask them before you go. Don’t hold back on your questions. You’re there to pick your university, which you are paying for, so it is vital you know as much about your course as possible. Can open units be taken? What happens if you fail a unit and, most importantly, what happens if you want to change course? BE ENTHUSIASTIC IN YOUR APPROACH. You may well be remembered when the applications roll in. DON’T FORGET TO CHAT TO CURRENT STUDENTS as they will give you an honest answer. Use the university prospectuses for facts and figures but question the people living there so you can get a feel for the place. CHECK OUT THE HALLS OF RESIDENCE. If the hall is known as the “party” hall, prick up your ears! It might sound like fun, but one to consider if you need a good night’s sleep for a 9am lecture. GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK. Take a walk off the “official” open day route, peer into study rooms, the library, cafés and try and pick up the campus vibe. UNIVERSITY PROSPECTUSES are a showcase and, of course, a tad biased. See past the glossy pages – many student unions produce their own promotional magazines to offer an insider’s view. Ask the uni you’re visiting if it has other such publications.

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OPEN DAY CHECKLIST TEST HOW LONG IT TAKES to walk from different student accommodation to your lecture halls. Are there any bike lanes? Or big hills! A lovely walk on a sunny day can turn into a hike on a rainy winter evening. BE A BIT SAVVY as you will probably be shown the best room available – and this can often be double the size of those for freshers, and top of the price bracket, too. Try to see as many halls of residence as possible, as style often differs dramatically from one to the other. ASK ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF FUN PART-TIME JOBS in the area in case you need to supplement your loan. A large number of students find that they have to! IS IT YOUR CHOICE THAT YOU ARE MAKING? If friends or parents come with you, listen to them but ask what matters most to you. Take a walk on your own, see how you feel in the environment, after all that’s what it’ll be like on your first day! WHEN YOU HAVE MADE UP YOUR MIND, visit again if you can. See if you still like the area on a grey day without the crowds. Most unis offer student-led tours throughout the year. SCAN HERE TO ACCESS OUR CHECKLIST ON YOUR PHONE OR TABLET. DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE DIGITAL MAGAZINE AT GOODUNIGUIDE.CO.UK

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CHOOSING A COURSE

LAW AND DESIGN

It’s that lightbulb moment – you’ve chosen your course but how does it compare at different universities? This issue we look at law and design

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CHOOSING A COURSE

Grab a pile of prospectuses – it’s time to narrow down the best unis for your course

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s you start to compare your chosen degree across your shortlisted universities, it’s important to spot the key aspects that make each course unique. It can seem time consuming, but it’s a surefire way to ensure you choose the right course for you.

ASK YOURSELF... Does this course offer enough breadth or will you get bored? Or do you prefer consistency? How much contact time would you like? Does it offer the practical experience you need? Can you combine modules the way you’d like to? Do you want the option to study a module from another course – and is this possible? Above all, in asking these questions it will help you define what you really want.

DELVE DEEPER Often universities offer a varied selection of courses in the same subject area – so it’s worth comparing degrees within an institution, too. For example, Plymouth College of Art provides 20 undergraduate arts degrees, ranging from graphic design to animation and game arts.

ADVICE FROM GRADUATES We speak to four graduates to give you a snapshot of how their similar degrees were studied in very different ways. We start with law, and ask Chloe Halloran why she picked a three-year law degree as opposed to a law conversion (page 22). Meanwhile, Freddie Doust explains why taking a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) after his English literature degree suited him (page 23). Then we turn to graphic design, and ask Emily Weller and Maria Sagun (page 25-6) how their degrees stood them in good stead for the job market.

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Law (LLB) @ Cardiff University (2012-2015) Cardiff University offers direct links to the legal profession

Name: Chloe Halloran Age: 22 Occupation: Student, Accelerated Legal Practice Course, BBP University Law School, Holborn

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Right, Cardiff University

Law is all around us, and through studying it you not only see the news in a new light, but also learn how to write a good letter of complaint! Importantly, away from the books, Cardiff Law School provided me with many opportunities to enhance my employability and make crucial connections with legal employers. The Law School’s specialist careers advisor ran regular workshops and employer presentations alongside the annual Law Fair held in City Hall. The Student Law Society also had excellent links to many different law firms and provided a wealth of social and networking events. The innovative Pro Bono Schemes with local law firms offer hands-on experience with real cases. I chose to apply for work placements independently and secured Vacation Schemes in my second year at Cardiff with American law firm Covington & Burling and also with Linklaters. All of these opportunities have enabled me to produce strong application forms for work experience placements and ultimately, my training contract.

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Universities for law 1 CAMBRIDGE cam.ac.uk 2 OXFORD ox.ac.uk 3 DURHAM dur.ac.uk 4 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS lse.ac.uk 5 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON ucl.ac.uk 6 NOTTINGHAM nottingham.ac.uk 7 GLASGOW gla.ac.uk 8 KING’S COLLEGE LONDON kcl.ac.uk 9 EDINBURGH ed.ac.uk 10 BRISTOL bristol.ac.uk

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raduating in July 2015 with first class honours, I secured a spot on the Accelerated Legal Practice course at BPP Law School and will start my training contract at Slaughter and May in March 2016. All being well, I’ll qualify as a solicitor in March 2018. I chose law because of its academic and vocational appeal. Unlike the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), a law degree lets you study a wider range of legal topics in more detail. While challenging at times, law makes you see the world in a different way. The Law is all around us – you not only see the news in a new light, but learn how to write a good letter of complaint! I’m the first person from my family to attend university. I’m from Neath, in South Wales, and when I decided that I wanted to read law I knew that Cardiff would be the obvious place to go. I wanted to live in a vibrant city with excellent links to the legal profession. No other universities matched Cardiff in friendliness, affordability and CV-building opportunities. At Cardiff I could work with, and learn from, eminent academics. I enjoyed being taught by those who produce the leading works in areas such as Family Law, Law and Religion, Human Rights, Environmental Law and Devolution. These publications are often cited by policy-makers, law reformers and judges – it is not uncommon to find that your tutor has been cited in a landmark decision by the Supreme Court.


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Law conversion course with English literature @ University of Exeter (2011-2014) and Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University Law School, Waterloo, London (2014-2015)

Name: Freddie Doust Age: 23 Occupation: Trainee lawyer, LPC training contract with Weil, Gotshal & Manges

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aking the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) involves exasperation and irritation. It was a difficult year, but a rewarding one. I studied English literature at Exeter for the oft-repeated reason given by aunts and uncles the country over: “Good idea to keep your options open – wouldn’t want to narrow yourself too early”. This is the euphemistic way relatives console wayward adolescents who haven’t a clue what they want to do. On my return from travelling in South America, after graduation, I decided that studying for the GDL was my best option. The GDL is the first stage of two years of vocational training. Afterwards, you can opt to become a solicitor, in which case you take the LPC (Legal Practice Course), or a barrister and take the Bar Practical Training Course (BPTC). Both are offered by the same law schools – BPP University Law School and the University of Law. Both have numerous branches across the UK. You can apply for the GDL with or without a training contract (TC). About 80% of people secure one during the course. Both law schools will accept applications up until a week or so before term starts – this is how I did it. I secured my training contract, with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, one of the top US corporate law firms, while doing my GDL. I can’t stress enough that juggling training contract applications with the conversion course is no mean feat. This is the hardest part of the GDL, although BPP

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did offer an extremely good career advice service, which I would recommend. Most law firms now recruit via a two-week Vacation Scheme. They can see you for a longer period, and make a more informed judgement on whether you would be a good cultural fit for the firm. Because of this, it’s worthwhile getting out as many Vacation Scheme applications as possible. In your training contract you’ll be allocated four “seats” (exposure to four practice areas). After this, you decide which area you wish to qualify in at the end of the two-year contract. There are three reasons why it is so vital to secure a TC before/ during the GDL. Firstly, the firm will fund you through both stages. Secondly, as law

commitment. However, if you are selffunding (and it is expensive, at £10,000), it is possible to have a job on the side too (I managed it), but it isn’t easy. You will need to learn to manage your time efficiently. The modules vary. Similar ones are offered at BPP and at University of Law. You study the core modules you would study on a three-year law degree. You don’t specialise until you’re training with a law firm, after the GDL and LPC, although you do have more optional/elective modules during the LPC. The GDL modules include: Contract Law, Tort, Criminal and Land. The difficulty is making the transition from uni (where you’re left to your own devices) to a discipline where you keep up

I secured my training contract, with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, one of the top US corporate law firms, while studying for the GDL firms recruit two years in advance, it means there’ll be no gap in your CV. Thirdly, law schools don’t guarantee you a job, and as the market is so saturated, securing one is very difficult indeed. From my experience, the course isn’t actually mentally taxing. Yes, there’s a lot to do. It’s a full-time, nine-to-five

with the weekly workload, or fall behind, in which case it’s very difficult to recover ground. Then there’s the exam period. Make sure you complete as many of the (optional) mock exams during the course (you have the option to do two per module). If you enjoy learning stuff by rote, you’ll succeed on the law conversion.

DID YOU KNOW? Once you complete any undergraduate degree you can do a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) law conversion course called the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The main aim is to prepare you for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for trainee solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for prospective barristers. If you have a UK law degree you can jump to the LPC after you graduate. For more information visit the Central Application Board lawcabs.ac.uk

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Graphic and communication design @ University of Leeds (2008-2011)

Name: Emily Weller Age: 26 Occupation: Freelance designer & founder of Luna Love London

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selected the University of Leeds for my degree course because it offered communications on top of graphic design, which gave me the ability to think creatively while using my design skills in an imaginative way. I expanded upon my creative skills by specialising in brand analysis; advertising; patterns and culture; colour and design process; theory and research in graphic

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3 LANCASTER lancaster.ac.uk 4 LOUGHBOROUGH lboro.ac.uk 5 EDINBURGH ed.ac.uk 6 GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON gold.ac.uk 7 BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON brunel.ac.uk 8 LEEDS leeds.ac.uk 9 NEWCASTLE ncl.ac.uk 10 READING reading.ac.uk

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design; and the principles of typography, fashion and photography. As well as being creative, the degree involved academic learning in order to develop problem-solving skills. In my third year we concentrated on an independent project, which gave me the freedom to demonstrate my skills and prepared me for employment. In this, I chose to make a 200-page magazine and in doing this it became apparent that I had a passion for for print. In third year, you have to do a dissertation, and so I decided to focus on magazine design and the influences females have upon it within our society today. If I’m totally honest, I knew I was going to struggle with the written aspect of the course, however, my tutors were always there to make sure I was on the right path and they really made me feel at ease. I also chose Leeds because it is one of the top universities in the country (see the Russell Group feature on page 10) and has a great reputation for being fashionable and unique with its courses. Going there for an open day swayed my decision straight away because I felt right at home – even though I was a long way from it! It’s a big university in the heart of the city, however, the

atmosphere was friendly and welcoming and you don’t feel like a little fish in a big sea. Every person makes their mark in their own way, especially if you are looking to become more independent. It also has a huge reputation for its nightlife and house parties in the Hyde Park area. I have to admit there wasn’t a dull moment in my entire three years at Leeds. I would recommend graphic design, especially at Leeds, to anyone looking to be more creative, as well as willing to learn a broader range of skills.

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Graphic design @ University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Epsom (2005-2008)

Name: Maria Sagun Age: 28 Occupation: Designer at The Chelsea Magazine Company

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Top right, graphics student prepares her space for 2015 graduation, below, UCA Epsom’s graphics lab

projects that was mainly on screen, from 3D and animation, to web and digital design. With every project, you can choose any medium as long as your ideas and concepts are presented and understood well. I recommend familiarising yourself with new design software so that you stay open minded with your techniques. Design communication, concepts, identity,

If you are looking at graphic design, prepare some things for uni such as learning basic web design skills to keep up with technological developments. Plus, gain some basic understanding of how typography works. I would recommend gaining work experience during your second year in order to be highly prepared for third year. Afterwards, share your work

UCA work with agencies and design companies to encourage students to get a feel of the design world before venturing out on their own branding and personal skills are developed throughout and lecturers help guide you, while you develop your own style and sense of direction independently. UCA constantly apply themselves to work with other agencies and design companies to develop briefs and encourage the students to get a feel of the design world before venturing out on their own. This includes the opportunity to have your work on products, magazines, and billboards; see designers and directors present their work and talking about their experiences; have design and art direction briefs; student outings to exhibitions and galleries; and work on third-year projects to showcase your designs to the public, potential clients and employers.

with the people you do placements with. Senior designers or directors would offer great input to your projects and provide a sense of professionalism in your work. Self-initiative projects are just as crucial in your portfolio as your uni work. I gained my first freelance job on a self-initiative project and it led me to gain work experience with an international music design agency in Old Street, London. Follow your gut. Appreciate, but don’t follow the crowd. After first year, things tend to get competitive with your fellow students. Always listen to what you feel is best for you and your work throughout your whole experience. You will never have as much time working on yourself as you do at university.

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efore applying at UCA I only had a vague idea about what graphic design was. I decided upon UCA Epsom as it was close to me and could stay at home, plus the campus had the advantage of offering just four to five courses, which meant more focus on individuals. After gaining a multimedia diploma at college, I wanted to gain a degree in illustration but was advised to take graphic design instead as it would open up more doors for me in terms of finding a job. The uni had two design courses when I was there, graphic design and graphic design: new media (which I took), nowadays the closest one to this is simply called: graphic design. My course was digitally focused. I had a gut instinct to go with this, as I would gain the advantage of learning new techniques and get access to design career paths where employers would highly recommend digital skills. The course was a multidisciplinary experience which allowed me to work on

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Top 20 in the world Study arts and humanities at King’s in one of the most prestigious faculties in the UK. Specialising in all aspects of human culture and history from languages and literture to film studies, and from classics to digital humanities, King’s is renowned the world over. Perfectly located in the heart of London, with campuses next to the River Thames, our connections with cultural institutions, museums, theatres and galleries make King’s an inspiring place to study. King’s is in the top 20 in the QS World University Rankings 2015-16

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DR CHRISTEL KOOP

lecturer in political economy, King’s College London

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degree with politics at its heart equips students with the skills and knowledge to understand, analyse and participate in the political and economic institutions of the 21st century, both domestically and globally.

Recent changes to the political map means politics is an exciting subject to study

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Politics has become increasingly popular as the focus for many undergraduate degrees, and it’s little surprise why. A degree in politics tackles some of the most important contemporary issues. Recent changes to the domestic and global political map mean there has never been a more exciting time to study in this field. At King’s College London we offer a range of politics degrees from various departments, responding to the different ways in which politics manifests itself. Indeed, King’s is home to 150 scholars in the field of politics, public policy and international studies, the largest concentration in Europe.

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students to act as researchers and to develop their skills base in line with this.

political elite including the current prime minister, David Cameron.

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We have the long-established department of war studies, home to BA international relations students, as well as those studying BA war studies. Dealing with conflict, politics as a global activity, migration and more, its degrees cover the issues that are truly dominating the headlines of 21stcentury news. Over in our department of political economy – the only department of its kind in the UK – BA politics students are provided with a broad and stimulating programme of study that focuses on the different subfields of politics, including political theory, international politics and comparative politics. There are also many opportunities to explore the interplay between politics and economics. We encourage

A BA in European politics will appeal to those students interested in studying Europe from a political science perspective grounded in an understanding of European and national histories. This degree equips students with the tools to understand how domestic politics is part of a wider European system of governance. Oncampus talks from internationally renowned commentators are a regular feature. Students who wish to take a different, somewhat broader, view of politics may choose a degree like the philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) BA. Here you can study social phenomena from political, economic and philosophical perspectives, becoming an expert in analysis across the three. PPE is renowned for producing high-quality graduates and is particularly favoured by many who go on to form our

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Academic rigour is central to our degrees and we strive to ensure that graduates of our politics degrees leave equipped with all that is required for a career in a modern globalised world. Many of today’s students take what has been learnt in the lecture theatre and work with their connections on real policies and agendas. Students are encouraged to engage in debate and take part in the many seminar groups and events held across our departments, to firm up those soft skills so essential in the workplaces of today.

LIFE AFTER UNIVERSITY Recent alumni from our various politics degrees have gone into government and civil service roles; public affairs and PR consultancies; working for MEPs; the BBC; business analysis and much more beside. To find out more, go to kcl.ac.uk/politics

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Considering drama school? Louise Ripley-Duggan of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama answers all your questions...

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DRAMA SCHOOL IS NOT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN UNIVERSITY. Conservatoires usually cost the same as universities and all the same loans and grants can be accessed. Yes, there is the extra cost of living in London to consider (although there are a select few notable schools outside of London), but living in the theatre capital of the world will provide unparalleled access to the industry.

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SAYING “JUST GO TO DRAMA SCHOOL AFTER UNIVERSITY” IS TRICKY GROUND. If you desperately want to have the “uni experience”, and are as passionate about your academic studies as you are about drama, doing a traditional degree first is a great idea. Drama school is nothing if not intensive, and students whose hearts aren’t completely in it will struggle. If in three years you still want to give it a go – great. However, if you are determined to have a career in theatre, advice to go to university first and then consider drama school can be misguided. Doing a traditional degree course first won’t necessarily equip you with any more desirable skills than you have already, and watch out – fees for a second BA are usually significantly higher, and loans aren’t available.

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Students get around 40 hours contact time per week

STUDYING THEATRE FOR THREE YEARS IS NOT A “SOFT OPTION”. A student doing a degree at a top university will have an average of 12 hours of contact time per week in addition to independent study. For students at top drama schools studying acting or technical theatre, contact hours soar to somewhere around 40 hours each week, often more. The work ethic, drive and pure graft that is required for drama school is a huge benefit to any graduate, and one that is near impossible to find in other educational environments.

Drama schools offer a vast amount of industry prep

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IT IS HUGELY COMPETITIVE, BUT THIS SHOULDN’T BE A DETERRENT. At Central, we have between 5,000 and 6,000 auditionees for three classes of 15 acting students. This sounds terrifying, but we audition everyone who applies – so long as their UCAS form is in on time! The range of abilities we see is vast, but we can never know how talented someone is just from their UCAS form, so we see each and every applicant without exception. It is also always worth bearing in mind that someone has to get in, and there’s no reason why that wouldn’t be you.

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ALL THE MYTHS YOU’VE HEARD ARE MOST PROBABLY UNTRUE. There are a lot of preconceptions about drama school. If you have any worries or questions about your application or life at drama school, the very best thing you can do is contact the school directly and ask. For more information visit cssd.ac.uk

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UNI IS NOT A “SAFER OPTION” THAN A TOP TIER DRAMA SCHOOL. We speak to a lot of budding young performers and artists whose parents feel that security and career prospects will be more easily attained after studying a degree at a conventional university. While this is true if you study law or medicine, a degree from one of the country’s top conservatoires will stand you in much better stead when it comes to getting work than a humanities degree, even from a Russell Group university. Respected acting conservatoires do a vast amount of career and industry prep (certainly more than any university would), and most students finish their three years with an agent. If you’re still worried, rest assured that the qualification one gets from many conservatoires is still a BA (Hons) degree. Central is part of the University of London, so your degree will be worth the same as that of any other university graduate.


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JAMES BRITTAIN

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ith some 4,000 scholarships on offer to university applicants in the UK and with millions of pounds going unclaimed each year, there has never been a better time to apply for a scholarship – and never before has there been such a pressing need for financial assistance for students. Student finance is not the panacea of all financial ills as far as undergraduate students are concerned. Although tuition fees are a major part of a student’s costs, maintenance costs can be onerous too, especially in popular high-cost city centres such as London, Oxford and Edinburgh. In addition, from September 2016, maintenance grants will be replaced by loans, comprising the “Tuition Fee Loan” and the “Maintenance Loan”. Gaining a scholarship means some or all of this can be alleviated. By “scholarship” I am referring to funds that you don’t have to pay back, in the form of cash, grants or fee waivers, usually given for academic and sporting excellence, and they are not always means-tested.

However, you need to be aware of what’s available, and there is a huge variety up for grabs from different sources of funding such as employers, charities and the government, but the simplest source is usually the university itself. Start by registering with thescholarshiphub.org.uk to see what’s available and be mindful of stated deadlines. You can apply for scholarships when you are applying for the course or after you have applied; many universities set the deadline for scholarship applications early in the year, so start your research early. Ideally you will know the universities and course(s) you are applying for in advance, and can search on the university website

Scholarships in STEM subjects are particularly well endowed when it comes to funding

By “scholarship” I’m referring to funds that you don’t pay back, such as cash, grants or fee waivers

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Scholarships provide a fantastic opportunity to develop and confirm talent in your sport under your preferred area, such as sporting, academic or music.

SPORTING ABILITY As a sports scholar, you will be expected to represent the university at regular sporting events, and some also have conditions of playing during the holidays so you should check the small print. Millfield School’s, director of sport, David Faulkner, says, “Scholarships provide an outstanding opportunity to develop and confirm talent in the individual’s respective sport, especially now with the wide resources available to the leading universities.” Examples of sport scholarships include:

be competing at national level, for their £3,500 per annum Sports Achievement Scholarship (or higher for senior international level). Royal and Ancient Golf Scholarships are offered by several universities including the University of Exeter, for a one-off sum of up to £5,000 – although you need a golf handicap of +1 or better for men and 3 or better for women.

ACADEMIC ABILITY

Loughborough University offers some 135 different cash awards of between £500 and £5,000 per annum, depending on sport and performance level, plus free membership of their gyms and a highly sought-after campus parking permit.

The aim is to encourage the higher achieving students to choose a particular university, with target A-level grades from A*AA to ABB and lower, although some are offered according to merit shown in the first and second years of the degree. You won’t find scholarships for every degree course; most are tied to STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Examples include:

Birmingham’s Bronze Sporting Scholarships stipulates that athletes should

Asidua scholarship packages of up to £25,000 are available for computer

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The US and Canada

The process of applying for North American scholarships is somewhat different. There is no single process for applying to university in America, nor is there for scholarship applications but it’s a very viable and attractive option. US scholarships usually cover all fees, food and accommodation, although in return you have to work at the university offices for a minimum period of time. In US and Canadian universities, extra-curricular activities form a large part of college life, and sport takes precedence. Sports scholarships are a very popular method of securing a place at US universities, and it is important to recognise the extent to which academic performance is linked. Maintaining a satisfactory academic performance is imperative as students can be prevented from competing in their chosen sport in cases of poor academic results. College sport is also regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and similar organisations that prevent students from obtaining a scholarship, or playing the sports they control if they do not meet a minimum academic standard. But the benefits can be huge, as college sport in the US is very high profile. Out of the 46 Millfield pupils who gained places at US and Canadian universities this year, 18 were on some form of academic or sporting scholarship. Millfield pupils Torzie Boylett and Olivia Allin (see page 38) were two of these pupils. The girls gained places at Harvard and were awarded substantial financial support to attend, because of their sporting and academic ability. They started their first semester this September. Turn to our Uni in the USA feature on page 12 to find out more.

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Millions of pounds worth of scholarships available to British students go unclaimed each year

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science and engineering applicants to the universities of Warwick and Aston. Applicants will need to pass a selection panel interview. BP STEM scholarships of £5,000 per annum are available to science, technology, engineering and maths applicants of various universities including Oxford, Durham and Nottingham. Scholars will be invited to participate in a range of activities on campus and on site with BP. The University of St Andrews offers scholarships to non-STEM students of history and English, of up to £6,000 per annum. Successful candidates need to “fulfil an ambassadorial role, represent the university at a number of events and functions and contribute to various university publications”.

MUSICAL ABILITY These are for undergraduates who can demonstrate excellence in their chosen instrument. An example is Bristol’s Cathedral Organ Scholarship, which expects the candidate to have an understanding of

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the liturgical and musical traditions of the Church of England and perform organ playing duties. One last piece of advice, when you have applied for your scholarship, just ask your higher education provider if there is any additional financial support you might not be aware of. You never know. One thing is for sure: if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

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St Andrews offers scholarships to non-STEM students of history and English of up to £6,000 per annum

Take into consideration your living costs, especially if you’re going to a city like London, Edinburgh or Oxford

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SOPHY COOMBES-ROBERTS SAYS HER SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP ENHANCED EVERY ASPECT OF HER UNIVERSITY LIFE Name: Sophy Coombes-Roberts Age: 21 University: Exeter, Devon School: Malvern St James, Worcestershire Discipline: Lacrosse

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rdinarily sports scholarship programmes are designed to “recruit” and incentivise budding sportsmen and women to take up a place at university, in the hope that their contribution on the field will boost their sporting prowess. Often sports scholars will be awarded funding, equipment and specialist training as a reward for their success, while also allowing them to train harder and excel in their chosen sport. After recently graduating from the University of Exeter on a three-year lacrosse sports scholarship, I have nothing but praise for the scheme. Exeter is slightly unusual in that sports scholarships are given out only after you take up your place at the university. When I was choosing which university to attend, both Bristol and Cardiff had already awarded me a scholarship before I had accepted an offer, yet I bit the bullet and hoped that I would be able to impress enough in pre-season to secure the award at Exeter. Once at university, the coaches, sports analysts and mentors, observed pre-season training and gave out sports scholarships only if you actually live up to your sports CV. My lacrosse sports scholarship entitled me to £750 which was paid into my account throughout the year. This money was to be used on lacrosse specific expenditure. I was also given discounted gym membership, subsidised physio, sports mentoring and access to various workshops throughout the

year. In my first year I was training for the Senior Women’s Lacrosse World Championships (2013). With lacrosse being an amateur sport, the costs involved in preparing for an event such as a world cup are astronomical and it soon became apparent that the initial £750 would barely break the surface of the costs involved of getting to the tournament. I was granted additional funding, and money which I

than it would have been if I were not a scholar. At university I always intended to continue playing for Wales and represent the university at the highest level regardless of whether or not I had a scholarship. However, scholarships were awarded on a yearly basis and your performance would be reviewed. Juggling academics and sport was never easy, but I was determined to perform well

How much were you awarded? It was £750 per year. I also had a discounted gym membership, subsidised physio, sports mentoring and access to various workshops would have been entitled to in my second and third years was brought forward in order to help pay for training, flights, tours and tournament fees. I was also named as a Santander Sports Scholar, which provided me with further funding. To put it into perspective, for me extra funding was probably the difference between being on the starting line-up or sitting on the bench. I was required to represent the university first team, participate in all university training and fitness sessions and continue attending national training. Although this consumed a great deal of time (around 12 hours per week with the university and five to eight more hours per week of individual training) it was little more commitment

in the classroom and on the lacrosse pitch. The university really helps scholars find a good work/sport balance, they secure permissible absence which allowed me to compete during term time and even had my lectures recorded so I could catch up whenever there was a clash. Being a scholar enhanced every aspect of my university life. I built up a great social life within the lacrosse club. The funding I was awarded by the university allowed me to improve and better myself as a player. The scholarship team contributed largely towards my selection for the 2013 World Championships, 2015 European Championships and I was named for the all-European team, which is made up of the best 12 players in Europe!

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received the phone call on 5th November, I was going to Harvard – I was ecstatic! The application process to Harvard University had been a challenge, I had to find the balance between maintaining my grades at school while writing the multiple application essays and completing all the required paperwork. Each component was equally important and it meant that I could not afford to let any part slip. The prospect of going to an American university was not spontaneous. From a young age, I became interested in the idea of a liberal arts education, which ensures a broad range of subjects are studied and ensures you do not have to limit yourself to just one subject in your first year. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study in the UK, so America seemed like the perfect path to discover my passion. University can be very expensive over here, costing approx $65,000 a year in fees, (or approximately £42,000) so the financial aid I’ve received has been extremely helpful. Ivy League universities don’t award scholarships in the same way that none Ivy League colleges do, but they are generous with their needs-based aid that covers tuition fees, food, lodging and even contributes towards my flights. My school was excellent during the application process. One of the reasons I chose Millfield was specifically for the support provided and extensive experience held in relation to the American application

system and the SAT. There is a tutor specifically in charge of US University Applications and a fellow from the University of Virginia who help with the application process. When I first thought about university in America I had not heard of anyone who had actually gone there, but when I entered the Sixth Form at Millfield it seemed like the norm! We were lucky to have access to experts on this area

offerings. I had Skype interviews with six from my shortlist of 20, including Stanford, Duke and Cornell. I kept in contact with all of the coaches on a regular basis to learn more and to help narrow down my choices. When I visited Harvard in August 2014 to meet with the head coach, tour the facilities and meet the team – I knew instantly this was the right university for me. I can’t recommend a visit

How are you enjoying your first term? I’ve loved my first month. I’m getting to play plenty of hockey and have started my lectures. I still can’t quite believe that I’m here! who gave advice and ensured the application process went smoothly. At school, I also enrolled in extra SAT lessons to help me prepare for the examination, which luckily could be taken on campus, as Millfield is one of the few registered SAT exam venues in the country. My hockey definitely strengthened my application. The sport department at Millfield was invaluable, our lead video analyst videoed and organised my profile video. I also sought the added support of College Prospects of America to distribute my player profile to all NCAA Division One universities. I was inundated with responses which gave me the opportunity to talk to several collages about scholarships and their

highly enough! I had to complete the application in September/October, which included two additional essays, but the extra work paid off when I got that call. Now a year on I’ve loved my first month, I’m getting to play plenty of hockey and have started my lectures. I still can’t quite believe I’m here! The choice of courses is vast and incredibly interesting. Ultimately, I’m interested in following a career in law, and the ability to choose classes that interest you around the subject helps tailor the degree to suit your own career path. I would encourage other Sixth Form pupils not to be put off by the financial costs, or lengthy application process – there’s lots of financial support out there and it’s all so worth it in the end!

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PERSONAL STATEMENT CHECKLIST

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APPLYING TO UNI

PERSONAL STATEMENT CHECKLIST

PERSONAL STATEMENT CHECKLIST GET THE TONE RIGHT If text arguments have taught us anything, it’s that getting the right tone in your language is vital if you want to convey the right message. And a personal statement is no different; it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. Sound as bored as watching paint dry and the admissions team will doze off, show you’re passionate and enthusiastic and you’ll have them hooked.

WHY DID YOU PICK THEM? Explain why you want to go to their university above all others. Personal statements are meant to be personal to the uni as well as you. Think about including the teaching reputation and your open-day experiences. Making it unique to the uni lets the admissions team know that you’ve worked hard and haven’t copied an online template. Make sure you’re putting the academic reasons for choosing this uni, not because it’s got a massive shopping centre or because you’ve heard the nightlife is amazing!

WHY THAT COURSE? Once you’ve told them why you want to study there, it’s time to tell them why you want to study that particular course. Whether it’s because you’ve been inspired at school or because a particular expert made you keen to find out more, tell the admissions team why you’re so eager to study it for the next few years. Remove anything unprofessional. Applying because the lecturers are attractive? Maybe leave that out…

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ALL ABOUT YOU STUDIES. Talk about what you’ve studied/are studying. If you’ve studied a subject that’s relevant to your application, make sure the admissions team know it. Showing you’re eager to learn more, at their institution of all places, should get you some serious brownie points. WORK EXPERIENCE. If you have done work experience, shout about it. Whether it’s relevant to the subject (which shows you have a passion outside school, too) or just a Saturday job in your local café, jot down what you’ve learnt from it. HOBBIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS. Admissions aren’t going to believe that you spend 24/7 studying, so tell them about any interesting hobbies and achievements that you’re especially proud of. Although make sure it’s either relevant or interesting, they probably won’t care about your Netflix all nighters.

WHY THEY SHOULD PICK YOU It’s time to wrap this up like a present. Explain why everything you’ve just told them makes you the perfect fit for their university. Time to create an impressive sign off. Leave them in no doubt that there will ever be a better applicant than you.

WHAT TO DELETE There are some things that absolutely should not be in your personal statement. Here are the top five NO-NOS: EXAGGERATIONS. Keep your language honest with a hint of humility. For example, say you’re a team player, but not that you built the team from scratch and led them to glorious unprecedented victory. BAD LANGUAGE. Don’t swear in applications. Admissions teams don’t like it, apparently. IRRELEVANT INFORMATION. While your family may love the fact you earned a swimming medal when you were eight or take really good selfies, it’s not massively relevant to your uni application. NEGATIVITY. Leave critical thinking off the page and make sure they know how awesome you are.

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NICHOLA MALTON

assessment services manager at Student Finance England

FINANCE EXPLAINED We quiz Nichola Malton on applying for student loans and the all-important deadline dates

How do you qualify for student finance? To qualify in England or Wales, you must be a UK national or have settled status (that is, no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK); normally live in England or Wales; and have lived there for at least three years before the first day of your course. Is it all online? And from what month can you start the application? The quickest way to apply is online. You’ll be able to apply from early 2016. If you are in England you can apply by completing an online application at gov.uk/studentfinance. In Wales, apply online at studentfinancewales.co.uk. The deadline for applying in England and Wales will be around May/June 2016. Do you need an unconditional offer to apply for student finance? No, you don’t need a confirmed place to apply. Just use your first choice course and uni – you can easily change or update this later online if it changes. What’s the difference between tuition fee loans and maintenance loans? Both the tuition fee loan and the maintenance loan have to be paid back. Your tuition fee loan covers the cost of your course fees. Your

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maintenance loan is designed to help with living costs while you study, such as paying your accommodation, travel and the all-important food bill! But of course you can supplement this with part-time work. This will be paid in three instalments, so you don’t end up spending it all at once (turn to page 44 to read top tips on budgeting at university). Who qualifies for maintenance loans? You must be a full-time UK student, studying on a course eligible to receive student finance. You can easily find out with a quick eligibility check online at gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies and

What information will I need at hand? When completing the online application form you’ll need to have: 1 Bank details 2 National Insurance Number 3 Valid UK passport number 4 Details of your course or university. Is any extra financial evidence needed? Sometimes you or your parent will be asked to send in further evidence to support your loan application. You must send this as soon as possible otherwise your application will be delayed. You can find out more about applying for student finance and access a helpful range

You will be able to apply for student finance from early 2016 and the deadline is around May/June if you live in Wales you can check at studentfinancewales.co.uk. Are bursary applications carried out through student finance? Bursaries are provided by each university and college individually and you can apply for one directly through them.

of tools and guidance by visiting our dedicated student finance zone at thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance. How long does the whole process take and how do you hear back? Applications typically take around six weeks to process. This may take longer if additional evidence or information is

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STUDENT FINANCE

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You repay your loans through the UK tax system. Each month 9% of your earnings over the relevant threshold is taken as a repayment

required to support the application. If your application is successful, you will receive a student finance entitlement letter, which will outline the funding you are entitled to for that academic year. How are tuition fees paid? Your tuition fee loan will be paid in three instalments, directly to your university or college once your attendance on your course has been confirmed. The money will not pass through your hands. It really is that simple. How do you receive a maintenance loan – direct to your bank account? A maintenance loan will also be paid in three instalments directly into your bank account on the payment dates outlined in your entitlement letter. If you have also applied for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) and have applied for extra support, any additional payment will be made at the same time. What if I change bank accounts during my time at university? If your bank account details change it is very important to let your funding provider know right away! And you’ll always find the fastest way to do this is to log onto your online account.

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How will the tuition fee and maintenance loans be repaid? The repayment of your loans is administered through the UK tax system and each month 9% of your earnings over the relevant threshold is taken as a repayment. Your loan repayment is taken through the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) liaising with employers or the account holder (if you are self-employed). The Student Loans Company (SLC) sends you updates in the post. And when will repayments begin? You start paying back tuition fee and maintenance loans when you’ve finished, or left, your course and are earning over the relevant threshold for your plan. The amount you repay is based on your income, not what you borrowed. The amount of interest charged on your loan is based on the rate of inflation and will vary depending on your income. You’ll pay interest on your loan from the day you receive your first instalment until the loan is paid off or is written off after 30 years, whichever comes first! studentloanrepayment.co.uk

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ROB ELLIS

chair of the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA)

BUDGETING TOP 10 TIPS

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GET AN NUS CARD

It costs £12 for a year but offers a huge amount of great discounts in shops on the high street and online so it won’t take long to make this money back. With discounts from Amazon to The Economist, there’s sure to be some worthwhile savings here. nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra

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It’s free and includes thousands of discounts that can be used either online via the Students Beans website or in store using the app. From Top Shop to Domino’s, there’s lots to choose from, and did I mention it’s free? studentbeans.com 3

CLOTHES

Get your own, unique vintage style by shopping in charity shops! Also, learning to sew means you can re-style old garments and keep ahead of the trends. Check out: stylemotivation.com/24-stylishdiy-clothing-tutorials for ideas. 4

PLAN A BUDGET

It might seem boring and it takes a bit of forward planning, but mapping out your money means you can then have more to

spend on the fun things in life, but without the worry about how you’ll fork out for the rent! It makes such sense. 5

COOKING

Check out: moneysavingexpert.com/ students/student-bank-account to compare accounts. 8

Everyone loves a takeaway, but learning how to cook can save you a fortune on a day-to-day basis. Check out YouTube for handy tutorials at youtube.com and the BBC Good Food app has recipes for all at bbcgoodfood.com

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DO YOUR RESEARCH

Every uni will have financial support available in the form of a Hardship Fund. This is for those students who are experiencing genuine financial difficulties. Make sure you know what it has to offer. You may not need it now, but you never know what’s around the corner. 9

SHOP AROUND

There are bargains to be had on fresh food from local retailers. And remember, you can always haggle for an even better deal.

Ensure you get the best price. Don’t forget to check out hotukdeals.co.uk for the hottest bargains across the UK.

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Make sure your bank account suits your needs – not only are there freebies on offer, but the overdraft options differ too.

Examtime Use mindmaps, quizzes, flashcards and notes to help you prepare for those exams.

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Buying something online? Get cashback – it soon adds up! Check out quidco.com or topcashback.co.uk and see how much you can get back from your purchases.

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DR PAUL REDMOND

director of Student Life University of Manchester

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Want to know what a graduate would do differently if they could relive their university experience? Paul Redmond finds out...

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or me, this is always a fascinating conversation to have with new graduates. Because while every student experiences university in their own unique way, the advice that they would like to pass on to others is often much more standardised than you might first think. Below are five things that new graduates say they would do differently if they could turn back the clock and start again at university. Don’t underestimate how valuable this information is – for it offers a priceless insight into how best to use your time in higher education.

SEEK OUT POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY One thing final-year students discover, when applying for graduate jobs, is that employers are not actually interested in what you’ve participated in. What they want to know is what you did that was extra – in other words, what positions of responsibility you took up, how you stood out from the crowd. Employers aren’t interested in serial joiners; what they want are the organisers, coordinators, managers – those who lever themselves into positions of trust where they can demonstrate additional skills. So don’t just join; stand for election, actively seek out opportunities. And if you can’t get a plum role in a club or society,

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Stand out from the crowd as it will give you a head start against your peers

Leaving uni without significant levels of work experience is a huge risk

volunteer to help the elected officers with their own workloads: be a runner, an assistant, a go-for. Remember, when it comes to graduate jobs, it’s not what you’ve done in the past that counts; it’s what you can do in the future.

GET LOTS OF WORK EXPERIENCE Work experience is the gold standard of the graduate job market; it’s what separates those that are hired from those who inadvertently collect

“Dear John” letters. Leaving university without significant levels of work experience is a risk and can damage even the most academically-brilliant student’s career prospects. Don’t let this happen! While at university, make sure you take every opportunity to stockpile work experience. Don’t worry if your course doesn’t contain work-experience modules. Students generally have plenty of holidays in which to gain work experience. (For a chance to win a fabulous week’s work experience, turn to page 54).

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UNI LIFE Anything can happen when you turn up to things, even if it is not closely related to your degree subject

Plan your first year at university as if it were your last

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MAKE GOOD USE OF YOUR FIRST YEAR If anyone tells you that the first year doesn’t count, block your ears. When it comes to career planning, first year is the ideal year for formulating plans and taking the first steps towards your future profession. Think about it. In first year, your workload is on the whole, manageable; you have plenty of time on your hands; and you’re not too far down the line to change your career ideas. Many final-year students struggle to find the time to plan their career or even to make job applications. As a result, they send out dozens of rushed applications, few of which are successful. Beginning your career hunt in first year can pay serious dividends by the time you reach final year; not only does it reduce stress during your finals, it takes the panic out of the final term and, best of all, it can help

you avoid missing early closing dates. First year doesn’t count? You’re having a laugh.

SHOW UP TO THINGS Being at university is your own personal choice: basically it’s up to you how you want to spend your time. For some new students, all this sudden independence and autonomy can be intoxicating – meaning that they practically vanish from campus. Make sure you don’t fall into this trap. When it comes to being a student, anything can happen when you turn up to things – even things that aren’t directly related to your degree subject. Universities offer endless opportunities for attending guest lectures, careers talks, company visits, presentations, plays and recitals, the list goes on. Simply turn up. Remember: to be interested is to be interesting.

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Hang out with as many people as possible from different academic backgrounds

JOIN UP THE DOTS When launching a new product, Apple brings together graduates from a range of academic subjects – technical, scientific, humanities and design. Of course, this is intentional: like many organisations it has grasped that success resides in the overlaps between academic subjects and disciplines. So, while at university, hang out with as many people as possible from different academic backgrounds. Finally, ask yourself: what does this tell me and how might we combine our learning to create something that offers real and lasting value? Join up the dots and you and your newfound friends might be on the verge of the next big thing.

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JOHN BLANSHARD

student experience director at Unite Group

LIVING AT UNI There are many different types of places to live while at university

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ou knew it was coming, but it’s still a thought that takes getting used to. A couple of years ago you were thinking about what to study at university, or maybe you already knew, but it seemed far away – and now you’re starting to talk about moving out and starting your life as a student. You might apply for university half way across the country, and you might start wondering where you’re going to live. Here are some tips on how to go about finding and securing a student home that will best meet your needs. The transition to university is always a significant step in the lives of young people and their parents. As well as being a step along the learning ladder, it also represents the next phase of independence, moving

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away from school and the family home into student accommodation in another city.

A VARIETY OF OPTIONS There are many accommodation choices available for students these days, from halls of residence to shared houses, lodgings with

a family and, of course, the option for parents to buy a property for their son or daughter and their friends to live in. The choices are endless but the university itself is also a good place to start. All universities have an accommodation office that can give advice about the different options as well as

One of the biggest benefits of living in halls is the convenience of one payment to cover rent and bills

Match your living preferences with the choices of accommodation on offer

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Choose the right accommodation and you’ll get the most out of your university experience, writes John Blanshard

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If you are independent, a room in a shared house might be a better fit allocating places in halls of residence. Many universities still run traditional halls of residence, both catered and self-catering. Most university towns and cities also have a range of private halls run by companies such as Unite Students. These offer a wide range of choices from budget options through to a very high level of specification and service. Students can choose from “cluster flats” with several, usually en-suite, study bedrooms sharing a kitchen and common area, and self-contained studio flats. Other options such as sharing a flat with one roommate, or a more traditional corridor of study bedrooms, are also available in some areas.

choices on offer. Some halls will organise social and sports events and even trips or volunteering opportunities, so look in detail at each available option, not just the specification of the rooms but the way in which the community is run. For the more independently minded, a room in a shared house might be a better fit. Privately rented houses can vary enormously in quality and price so it’s worth carrying out research. If you want an independent opinion the university accommodation office should be able to give advice, and many students’ unions also provide housing advice and some run their own lettings agency.

WHAT’S THE COST?

HALLS OF RESIDENCE

There is a variation in price across the country, and within each city there will be a range of prices and quality, so it is worth shopping around. It is also important to understand what is included in the rent – all bills including internet are usually included in halls of residence, as well as reception service and security.

Whether run by the university or privately, halls of residence are still the most popular choice for first years. It’s surprising how easy it is to make close, supportive friends in halls, which can give an individual a network to fall back on through all the ups and downs of student life. Many halls now have a Facebook page so that applicants can get to know one another before they even arrive. The ability to make friends easily is perhaps one of the biggest benefits of halls, alongside the convenience of a single payment to cover rent and bills.

TAILOR IT TO YOU When it comes to living arrangements, everyone has different preferences so it’s worth trying to match yours with the

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Prices and quality will differ enormously depending on the city you are living in

WHEN TO APPLY You can start looking at accommodation options as soon as you start applying to universities, but until you receive confirmation of a place from the university be wary about what you sign. Some accommodation providers will offer rooms on a no-risk basis, whereas other landlords may hold you to a contract even if the university place falls through. Getting accommodation right is important for more reasons than you might think. It can affect how you feel about university, and can have an impact on your academic success. Taking the time to get it right will mean more peace of mind for both you and your parents. To find out more: unite-students.com

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UNI LIFE

WHAT TO PACK Our edit of 12 essentials to get you started...

DOOR STOP

Don’t be anti-social on move-in day: keep your door open, as people will arrive sporadically (£5, johnlewis.com).

KITCHEN KNIVES

You’ll miss your parents’ sharp knives – so grab one of these colourful blades (from £5.99 Kuhn Rikon at lakeland.co.uk).

COLANDER AND CHEESE GRATER

The universal step one and two towards comforting cheesey pasta (from £9.50, josephjoseph.com).

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BEDDING AND CUSHIONS

Naturally you need something to sleep on. Get some spares too for when pals come to stay (£12, habitat.co.uk).

POST-ITS

Handy for writing notes on the fridge and playing drinking games with. Ultra versatile (£3, paperchase.co.uk).

REED DIFFUSER

It’s likely you won’t be allowed candles due to fears about “fire safety”. Try a diffuser instead (£25, thewhitecompany.com).

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ABIGAIL WHITELY captain of the first team Oxford University Quidditch Club

UP,UP AND AWAY

Quidditch, the sport played in the Harry Potter novels, is thriving at the University of Oxford, writes Abigail Whiteley

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est known as the high-flying sport of Harry Potter, Quidditch brought to audiences across the world some thrilling film sequences of the boy wizard racing through the skies on a broom trying to catch the Golden Snitch. Now, however, it has been brought to real life; with over 300 teams across six continents, quidditch (the name of the real sport is not capitalised for copyright reasons) has defied the rules of gravity to become a fast-paced, intensely physical sport.

RUN, TACKLE, PASS Brooms do feature in this version of the sport, although players remain with two feet firmly on the ground; the broom, usually a length of PVC pipe, works as a handicap much like the rule of only passing backwards in rugby. It looks strange to anyone unfamiliar with it, but it is a significant physical challenge to run, tackle, and pass without falling off the broom, which incurs a penalty. Quidditch is a surprisingly intense sport; with 21 players on a squad and only seven people on-pitch at a time, the game is

performed at a consistently high pace thanks to rolling substitution.

PLAY BY THE RULES The rules are complex: unlike most sports, in which all players interact with the same ball, quidditch players on a team are separated into four roles. Three chasers, along with a keeper (who has special defensive benefits), play with the quaffle: a slightly deflated volleyball which is worth 10 points when thrown through any of a team’s three hoops. There are also three dodgeballs (or bludgers) in play, controlled by two beaters on each team; and if a player is struck with a bludger they dismount from their broom and tag their own hoops before re-entering the game. The famous Golden Snitch is represented as a person dressed all in yellow who enters the game at 18 minutes; the snitch must defend a tennis ball in a sock attached to their back, and it is the job of the seekers to attempt to grab it. The game only ends when this ball is caught, and its capture gives 30 points to the catching team; skilled snitches are therefore very highly valued. The snitch is considered impartial.

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Just like in Harry Potter, there are three hoops that act as goals

competition. These events are all volunteerrun; members of the University of Oxford are in charge of every aspect of the tournaments held in the city, from booking the venue to building equipment, and it is a fantastic opportunity for students to practise independence and make something of which they can be truly proud.

EVER-CHANGING GAME

EPICENTRE OF QUIDDITCH

PHOTOGRAPHY: AMALIA BASTOS 2014

The city of Oxford is a flourishing centre of this sport. It is one of only two cities in the UK which has two competitive teams. The Radcliffe Chimeras (former British and European Champions) and the Oxford Quidlings are first and second teams respectively, and train twice a week in the University Parks. Oxford has also hosted a number of prestigious tournaments. Most notably, Oxford was the host city of the European Quidditch Cup in April 2015, the most recent European championship and the largest quidditch tournament ever held outside of the United States. The city welcomed 32 teams from 11 different nations across the continent, and the Radcliffe Chimeras took home the silver medals with the Paris Titans claiming the gold. The tournaments held in the city regularly see hundreds of people flock to Oxford for this sport, encouraging international friendships as well as

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However, the opportunity to excel off the pitch is not what draws most people to the sport. People adore the sport for its intensity, its competitiveness, its sportsmanship and its innovation; it blends all the challenges and excitement of sports participation with the thrill of knowing that you are part of something which is genuinely unique. “Quidditch is an exceptional sport to be a part of. It is still in its infancy and therefore is developing at an astounding rate,” says Emily Hayes, captain of the Oxford Quidlings. “To be involved in quidditch is to be part of this constant drive to improve yourself and your skills. The game is still changing and you have to change fast to keep up. I love the challenge and the moments on pitch when you feel you have proven you’re giving your all to the sport”. Although it seems strange when you first hear of it, quidditch is celebrated as an opportunity for people of all skillsets and backgrounds to build something for themselves; for thousands of people across the globe, it has become an opportunity for them to improve their sporting ability and confidence, and with new teams appearing every season, it clearly has a bright future.

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KATIE HUGHES education writer for national newspapers and magazines

There are endless opportunities to get involved in clubs and societies at uni

HIGH SOCIETY very few weeks, several students at Newcastle University receive a random text that gives them just 20 minutes to scramble to a secret social event. Once a year, the suspense steps up when they are expected to turn up at the airport, suitcases in hand, with no idea of where they’re flying to. So far destinations like Amsterdam, Prague, Barcelona and Cologne have only been divulged at the check-in desk.

TWENTY MINUTE SOCIETY This is the Twenty Minute Society – just one of hundreds of unusual extracurricular activities gaining popularity as antidotes to serious study at university. Others include the Pirate Society at the

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University of Sussex, whose potential members are asked, “Do ye look great in a tricorn hat?” and are promised “nothing more or less than pure fun”. Another is the tongue-twisting Gog Magog Molly Club at Cambridge, which asks members to meet weekly and dance in head-turning hats, striped socks and lurid leggings. “Imagine Morris dancing, take away the sticks, hankies and bells, and add in lots of shouting, coloured face paint and bright clothes, and you’ve got it,” explain its organisers. More extreme still are Durham’s Assassins’ Society (members go “hunting” and “killing” using safe “weaponry”) and Sheffield’s Assassins’ Guild. The latter, say its founders, “run a series of non-lethal

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games of mock-assassination”. They emphasise that several socials are included in the year’s programme, as “we can’t be killing each other ALL the time...”

LOTS OF VARIETY Members of these societies, like their counterparts at other UK universities, have a chance to choose from a confounding range of extra-curricular activities that span both the sensible and the silly. In fact, societies are now in such abundance that they are often sorted alphabetically for easy reference, giving Freshers’ Weeks a whole new complexity. Ranging from life-saving to lacrosse, mountaineering to martial arts and drama to documentary filmmaking, they leave no stone unturned.

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Is joining a society just an excuse to have a bit of fun or could it improve your job prospects? Katie Hughes finds out

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DID YOU KNOW? Societies often come with a joining fee – don’t go crazy at Fresher’s Fair and spend all your cash on clubs you may never go to – there are only so many hours in the day!

WHAT’S IT ALL FOR? Frivolities aside, societies serve a serious purpose. “University can be surprisingly lonely in the first year and a society can give you a much-needed sense of routine and regularity,” says Mirren Gidda, a recent graduate of UCL. “It enables you to meet like-minded people outside of your course and your halls. ”

SHOWING LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK Employers like societies, too. Graduate recruiters like Enterprise Rent-A-Car advise students that, “employers are continuously looking for aspects in an applicant’s CV that will help set them apart from the competition” and that, “holding a position of responsibility on a committee will really highlight you as a strong candidate.” Top of the list of preferred university activities are sports clubs, which, they say, “help to promote qualities that can be translated into a business environment, including leadership and teamwork.” Liverpool John Moores University similarly sees the benefit of students’ sporting society memberships, attributing

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them with the power to boost postuniversity salaries by as much as £5,000. But it’s not just sports that can bolster a CV and job prospects. Students can show employers their social consciences via clubs like Amnesty International and Animal Care (both offered at Lancaster); develop work skills through advertising and marketing societies (Leeds and others) and hone languages from Polish to Portuguese in university clubs countrywide.

WATCH OUT! But some societies may not impress employers. Most infamous among these is Oxford’s Bullingdon Club: an elite dining group that once saw its members smash 468 windows of a college quad and subsequently get banned from meeting within 15 miles of the city. The Wyvern men’s drinking club at Cambridge hit the headlines when it reputedly included in its initiation ceremony a 15-course meal that involved swallowing and regurgitating a live goldfish. Joining ceremonies at Exeter’s men’s football club became similarly notorious when new members were supposedly ordered to kiss a dead conger eel and drink pints out of their shoes. The chocolate, yoga or guide dog societies may be safer student bets!

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Top Unusual University Societies

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Stitch and Bitch: Leeds Members meet to knit... and bitch.

Sheila and her Dog: Cambridge Members drink hot chocolate, eat sweets and read children’s stories in the voice of a six year old, while wearing dressing gowns and holding teddy bears.

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Hummus Society: London School of Economics The aim of this one is “to bring hummus to the lives of others”.

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Competitive Eating Society: Kent Organisers say, “We’re not what competitive eating looks like on TV, where people are desperately pushing food in their mouths with bibs and buckets.” It counts among its achievements the Chicken Nugget Centurion, the One Metre Pizza, and the Hot Curry Challenge.

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Jailbreak Society: Warwick Members have 36 hours to get as far away from their campus as possible, without paying anything for travel. It’s said that past students have (somehow) made it as far afield as New York, Poland and Morocco.

PHOTOGRAPHY: ANGELA LUNEDES LAURIERS @FLICKR

If the choice is just too much, then it’s best to “join loads on your first day and slowly eliminate the ones that you don’t really enjoy or care about,” advises recent Leeds fresher, John Green. But with many universities, like Durham, running Give it a Go sessions – where students can try out a society for free – there’s rarely a need to make a commitment in a hurry.

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UNI LIFE

DR NERINA RAMLAKHAN

expert in sleep, stress and technology addiction at The Nightingale Hospital, London NW1

IF PANIC

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Does the prospect of starting student life away from home fill you with dread? Nerina Ramlakhan has some tips to help you cope

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’ve seen quite a few students at my clinic who’ve sought my help with stress and anxieties about getting into the right university and/or leaving home for the first time. A good place to start is to have a good understanding of what stress is (and what it isn’t). A simple definition is: stress is a state of physical imbalance caused when pressure exceeds your ability to cope. So stress isn’t pressure. They aren’t the same thing. Stress is what physically happens in the body when we lose the ability to cope with the situation. The key is not to run away from pressure but to meet it head on with good robust coping strategies. These coping strategies are the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual choices that we make on a day-to-day, moment-by-moment basis that

EMOTIONAL – Build your support system and this means knowing who you can laugh with and who you can cry with. Take time to talk to friends and family who are close to you and able to offer genuine support. Talk about how you are feeling, express those fears and uncertainties, and then move on. It might be worth taking a look at the book: How Not to Worry by Paul McGee. It has some really helpful tips on dealing with emotional situtations and how to cope with them. If things are really getting on top of you and you don’t have anyone to talk to, it might be worth seeking out counselling support. Remember, in all of these situations, the key is not to keep feelings bottled up and the quicker you find someone to talk to the better.

Practise “the worst possible scenario” exercise. This is an advanced skill to cultivate but it’s worth working at enables us to cope with life’s challenges. Here are some examples: PHYSICAL – Don’t neglect your physical health. You might have age on your side but your body and mind (and exam results) will protest if you’re not looking after yourself. Eat healthily – and especially avoid skipping breakfast – so that you don’t end up running on adrenalin, don’t over-rely on caffeine to fuel your brain, drink lots of water, exercise regularly, get good sleep and rest. All of these will give you the vitality and resilience to meet pressure head on.

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SPIRITUAL – Take time out to stop and breathe and question your expectations of yourself. What are you telling yourself that you have to do, or must do, or should do? Give yourself a break, be kind to yourself. Stop being such a perfectionist! Perfectionists never think anything they do is good enough. Typically they grind their teeth at night or have tightness in their neck and shoulders. Seek out a yoga or meditation class or maybe even keep a journal. Cultivate a spiritual practice that gives you the space to take a step back

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and question whether what you are asking of yourself is really realistic. Regularly practise “the worst possible scenario” exercise – this is a very advanced skill to cultivate but it’s worth working at. We can find ourselves worrying about the future but if you take the time to think it through you might find that better options present themselves. So if you don’t get into your university X, what could university Y offer that might be even better? Be brave, dig deep and you might be surprised at what you unearth. I thought that medical school was the only option for me, but when I didn’t get the grades, I ended up studying a subject that I fell in love with and has given me the career that I’m absolutely passionate about now. Is it possible for you to cultivate a mind-set that “life is happening for me and not to me”? Don’t forget to do the things that make you happy – listen to music you love, turn the volume up, sing and dance. Sometimes life can get too serious and we find ourselves getting tied up in knots. And it’s simply not worth it.

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LOUISE PRIOR

head of PR at STA Travel

LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN Using travel to broaden your skill set is a great way to make your CV stand out, writes Louise Prior

Gap year travel – even “snap gaps” of a few months rather than a full year – has never been so meticulously planned. Today’s trips are often arranged for a specific reason, such as to take part in a volunteer project, go to a festival or go on a language or skill course overseas. Taking part in these sorts of projects is a valuable addition to a CV, there is more than just good grades to consider when it comes to impressing a university

STA Travel has options to work in Australia or New Zealand under working holiday visa schemes youth travel company can tailor you an itinerary to encapsulate all of these things, and more. The world is your oyster! Young people have used travel to broaden their horizons for many years. But now, students use it to broaden their employability – one of the smartest ways of making your CV stand out. There has been a rise of more than one-third in the number of students heading overseas to work, study and take part in volunteer projects in the past 18 months. Young people see travel as an alternative means of bolstering their CV and skill set in a bid to appeal to future employers or university interview panels.

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entrance board or employer – travelling broadens your mind and your horizons. STA Travel has options to work in Australia or New Zealand under working holiday visa schemes, or to take part in work programmes in the USA and Canada, and these are proving tantalisingly tempting for young people looking to earn while they travel. And it’s not just the travel elements we can help with: our travel experts can offer advice, from working holiday visas in Australia and jobs while travelling, to tax rebates on return to the UK. The job market is still very tough for young people in the UK. More and more

Above, there has been an increase in the number of students going overseas to work and study

people are taking the opportunity to head off on a gap-year trip to widen both their work and life experience, and improve their all-important CV with overseas work experience. For example, at STA we’ve seen a 10% increase in sales of Working Holiday Visas for Australia compared to summer 2014, and a 16% increase for the same in New Zealand.

DESTINATION PLUS Iceland is our fastest growing destination as people are stopping off there on their way to, or way back from, the east coast of the USA. Bali, Manila, the Philippines and Borneo are all seeing growth too this year. Our customers do a lot of research and talk to their friends about trips and so are knowledgeable and keen to explore new destinations which might not feature in the usual gap-year itinerary. This year has seen a move towards “open jaw” routes for our customers, for example, flying into Bangkok and out of Singapore, and making the journey overland. People on longer trips would rather take a bus, train or boat so as to see more of a destination rather than booking lots of internal flights. Our customers are looking for a more immersive itinerary, a gap year is no longer just a time to tick countries off your bucket list. So don’t hesitate, get out there, and start your adventure!

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hat did you study? I decided to go for BSc economics and MSc economics and business economics at City University London. What made you choose City University London? I knew that economics graduates from City are highly sought after and the uni promotes that 95% of those who go on to employment are in a professional or managerial role after six months. Where do most economics graduates from City end up? Graduates find roles within economic and management consultancies, multinationals, government agencies and in the business and finance sectors in the City of London and overseas. What did you choose to do after you graduated? In 2013, I secured a place in the Civil Service Economist Fast Stream scheme. The scheme offers graduates economist roles within a wide range of government departments and agencies. Did you always want to work in the Civil Service? At first I didn’t consider a

DAVID OSBORNE A degree in economics led to a career in the Civil Service for this City University London alumnus

career in the Civil Service, but on the recommendation of a friend, I decided to apply to the Civil Service Economist Fast Stream. During the application process, I did a considerable amount of research into the scheme and quickly realised that it had the potential to lead to a rewarding career full of a range of unique opportunities. Tell us about your job… My first post was at the

Department for Transport, in the Local Economics division. In this post, my job was to conduct economic appraisal of local transport schemes such as bus routes, cycle paths, roads and railways. For the schemes that are funded by the Government, my main responsibility was to ensure that local authorities conducted appropriate monitoring and evaluation to form part of the Government’s evidence base.

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Above, David Osborne relishes the different challenges he encounters in his career

Did you get to move around departments? Yes, I then moved to the Department for Communities and Local Government for my second post. I was based in the Strategic Analysis Team, which was a far cry from my first post. Here, I provided analytical support to the chief economist and provided regular macroeconomic briefing to the secretary of state. In addition to this I also worked on a range of highpriority policy areas, including London devolution and revitalising town centres. And what now? My current post has brought me back to the Department for Transport! I’m in the Aviation and Maritime Economics team. This role is, yet again, another drastic change from the past two. My current role is to assess the possible impacts of maritime regulation and provide analysis on airport regulation, but the most fascinating thing about this post is that I provide analytical input into the decision on where to locate a spaceport (a base from which spacecraft are launched) in the UK! How about the future? I am passionate about travel and languages, and I’d enjoy using my language skills more. I would quite like to work at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in future.

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DIRECTORY

The Good Universities Guide This map illustrates the location of some of the universities advertising in our guide. Turn over for a full directory of universities and higher education colleges.

London

British School of Osteopathy

360 GSP College

Higher education college

Greater London Wembley, HA9 6DE www.360gsp.com 020 8672 4151

Higher education college

www.scienceofacting.com 020 7272 0027 Higher education college

Active Learning

London, SW5 9RD

www.active-learning.co.uk 020 7370 4755 Higher education college

Alchemea College of Audio Engineering London, N1 8QG

www.alchemea.com 020 7359 3986 Higher education college

American Intercontinental University London, W1U 4RY

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9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

City University London – London Central School of Speech and Drama – London Richmond The American International University – London ifs University College – London King’s College London – London University of Roehampton – London European School of Economics – London University of the Arts London – London

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www.aiulondon.ac.uk 020 7467 5600 University

Birkbeck, University of London

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

University of Buckingham – Buckingham Plymouth College of Art – Plymouth Plymouth University – Plymouth University of Essex – Essex University of Southampton – Southampton Bishop Grosseteste University – Lincoln University of Northumbria – Newcastle upon Tyne Norwich University of the Arts – Norwich Cardiff University – Wales Aberystwyth University – Wales

Byam Shaw School of Art 020 7514 2350

Higher education college

Camberwell College of Arts London, SE5 8UF

www.camberwell.arts.ac.uk 020 7514 6302 University

CECOS London College London, N1 2PB

www.cecos.co.uk 020 7359 3316

Higher education college

Chelsea College of Art & Design London, SW1P 4JU

www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk 020 7514 7751 University

City University London London, EC1V 0HB www.city.ac.uk 020 7040 5060 University

The College of Teachers London, WC1H 0AL

www.collegeofteachers.ac.uk 020 7911 5536 Higher education college

London, WC1E 7HX

Condé Nast College

University

www.condenastcollege.co.uk 020 7152 3435

www.bbk.ac.uk 020 7631 6000

Blake Hall College London, SE16 2XU

10-11

www.burlingtonschool.co.uk 020 7736 9621

London, N19 4AG

London, N19 4AJ

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London, SW6 5AA

www.5ecollege.net 020 8885 9446

Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing

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Burlington School Higher education college

Higher education college

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www.bso.ac.uk 020 7407 0222

5E College of London London, N17 8JL

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London, SE1 0BQ

www.blakehallcollege.com 020 7252 2033 Higher education college

British College of Osteopathic Medicine London, NW3 5HR www.bcom.ac.uk 020 7435 7830

Higher education college

London, W1D 4DR

Higher education college

Conservatoire for Dance & Drama London, WC1H 9JJ www.cdd.ac.uk 020 7387 5101

Higher education college

The Courtauld Institute of Art

London, WC2R 0RN www.courtauld.ac.uk 020 7872 0220

British Institute of Technology & E-commerce

University

www.bite.ac.uk 020 8552 3071

www.discoverysummer.co.uk 020 7937 1199

London, E7 9HZ

Higher education college

Discovery Summer London, W8 5EA

Higher education college

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DIRECTORY Eastman Dental Institute University College London

Heythrop College University of London

Language Link School of English

London South Bank University

www.eastman.ucl.ac.uk 020 3456 7899

www.heythrop.ac.uk 020 7795 6600

www.languagelink.co.uk 020 7225 1065

www.lsbu.ac.uk 020 7928 8989

London, WC1X 8LD

London, W8 5HN

University

HULT International Business School

Language Studies International

London Studio Centre

www.hult.edu 020 7636 5667

www.lsi.edu 020 7467 6500

University

EC London

www.ecenglish.com 020 7242 3787

Higher education college

London, SE1 0AA

Higher education college

University

London, NW1 1AD

London, WC1H 9AD

London, E1 1LD

London, WC1E 7AH

London, N12 0GA

www.london-studio-centre.co.uk 020 7837 7741 Higher education college

Higher education college

Higher education college

ifs University College London, EC3R 8LJ

Leicester Square School of English

University College

www.lsse.ac.uk 020 7839 7772

Higher education college

Maritime Greenwich College

London, WC2H 0QX

Imperial College London

London Business School

Higher education college

Higher education college

www.imperial.ac.uk 020 7589 5111

www.london.edu 020 7000 7000

EF International Language Schools London, SE1 8SS 0870 720 0708

Higher education college

ELS Language Centres www.els-london.com 020 7976 1066

English Language Training London, SW4 0JY

www.elt-online.co.uk 020 7622 7254 Higher education college

EThames Graduate School London, E14 9SG www.etgs.org.uk 020 7531 7320

Higher education college

European College for Higher Education London, N15 4EY www.eche.co.uk 020 8800 1200

Higher education college

Frances King School of English London, SW7 4SS

www.francesking.co.uk 020 7870 6533 Higher education college

Goldsmiths College University of London

www.ifslearning.ac.uk 020 7337 6293

London, SW7 2AZ University

London, WC2H 7LE

London, NW1 4SA University

Institute of Education London

London College of Communications

www.ioe.ac.uk 020 7612 6000

www.lcc.arts.ac.uk 020 7514 6500

London, WC1E 7HU www.history.ac.uk 020 7862 8740 University

International House London, WC2B 5LQ www.ihlondon.com 020 7611 2400

Higher education college

London, W1G 0BJ

www.fashion.arts.ac.uk 020 7514 7400

www.mdx.ac.uk 020 8411 5000 University

Higher education college

Higher education college

Higher education college

www.kensingtoncoll.ac.uk 020 7404 6330

London, WC2B 4AU

Higher education college

Oxford House College

Higher education college

www.oxfordhousecollege.co.uk 020 7580 9785

www.theplace.org.uk 020 7121 1029

Harrow, HA3 5DX

Higher education college

London, N19 5SS

Higher education college

London Metropolitan University

Higher education college

Queen Mary University of London London, E1 4NS www.qmul.ac.uk 020 7975 5555 University

Quest Professional

London, SW1W 0BD

www.questcollege.co.uk 020 7233 5957 Higher education college

Ravensbourne

University

www.ravensbourne.ac.uk 020 3040 3500

www.londonmet.ac.uk 020 7133 4200

King’s College London www.kcl.ac.uk 020 7836 5454

www.lshtm.ac.uk 020 7636 8636

University

London, W1D 1AU

London, N7 8DB

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

London, WC2R 2LS

www.nchum.org 020 7291 1385

London, WC1H 9PY

www.litecollege.co.uk 020 8863 1555

London, SE1 1HR

New College of the Humanities

London Contemporary Dance School

www.islamic-college.ac.uk 020 8451 9993 Higher education college

Higher education college

London, WC1B 3HH

Islamic College

London, NW10 2SW

London, SW19 1RY

Higher education college

London Institute of Technology

London, SE10 8RD

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London, NW4 4BT

London College of Fashion

Kensington College of Business

Higher education college

Middlesex University

Institute of Historical Research

www.meridiancollege.co.uk 020 7317 9028

www.gsmd.ac.uk 020 7628 2571

020 8305 8508

www.milnerschool.co.uk 020 8545 0300

www.holborncollege.ac.uk 020 3411 3968

London, EC2Y 8DT

London, SE8 3NU

Higher education college

University

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Higher education college

Higher education college

London Meridian College

www.gsm.org.uk 020 8516 7800

www.malvernhouse.com 020 7520 0470

Milner School of English

Kaplan Holborn College

Greenwich School of Management

London, WC1A 2RA

London, SE1 6SB

London, WC1H 0AL

London, SE14 6NW

www.goldsmiths.ac.uk 020 7919 7171

Malvern House

London, WC1E 7HT

Higher education college

London, SE10 0EW

Higher education college

Regent London

London, WC2N 6DF www.regent.org.uk 020 7872 6620

Higher education college

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DIRECTORY Regent’s Business School London, NW1 4NS www.regents.ac.uk 020 7477 2990

Higher education college

University of Roehampton London, SW15 5PU

www.roehampton.ac.uk 020 8392 3000 University

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, WC1E 6ED www.rada.org 020 7636 7076

Higher education college

Royal Academy of Music London, NW1 5HT www.ram.ac.uk 020 7873 7373

Higher education college

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama London, NW3 3HY www.cssd.ac.uk 020 7722 8183

Higher education college

School of Advanced Study University of London London, WC1E 7HU www.sas.ac.uk 020 7862 8736

Higher education college

School of Oriental & African Studies University of London London, WC1H 0XG

www.soaslanguagecentre.com 020 7898 4888 Higher education college

School of Pharmacy University of London London, WC1N 1AX www.pharmacy.ac.uk 020 7753 5800

Higher education college

School of Slavonic & East European Studies University College London London, WC1E 6BT www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk 020 7679 8700

www.rcm.ac.uk 020 7591 4300 University

Royal College of Nursing London, W1G 0RN www.rcn.org.uk 020 7409 3333

Higher education college

Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists London, SE1 1NX www.rcslt.org 020 7378 1200

Higher education college

Royal College of Surgeons London, WC2A 3PE www.rcseng.ac.uk 020 7405 3474

Higher education college

Higher education college

London, SE1 6TE

Higher education college

London, WC1E 6BT

www.ucl.ac.uk/slade 020 7679 2313

Higher education college

South East London College of English London, WC2E 9SX www.sels.co.uk 020 8944 8393

Higher education college

Southwark City Learning Centre

London, SE15 6AA

020 7525 5005

Higher education college

St George’s University of London London, SW17 0RE www.sgul.ac.uk 020 8672 9944 University

St Giles International London, WC1B 5JX

www.stgiles-international.com 020 7837 0404

www.city.ac.uk 020 7404 5787

www2.gre.ac.uk 020 8331 8000

University

The Institute

Higher education college

www.nd.edu 020 7484 7800

The Institute of Cancer Research University of London London, SW7 3RP www.icr.ac.uk 020 7352 8133 University

London College of Communication www.lcc.arts.ac.uk 020 7514 6500

The London School of Economics and Political Science London, WC2A 2AE www.lse.ac.uk 020 7405 7686 University

UCL Institute of Child Health London, WC1N 1EH www.ich.ucl.ac.uk 020 7242 9789 University

UCL Institute of Neurology London, WC1N 3BG www.ion.ucl.ac.uk 020 3456 7890 University

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

University

University of the Arts Central Saint Martins London, N1C 4AA

www.arts.ac.uk/csm 020 7514 7444

Higher education college

University of the Arts London London, WC1V 7EY www.arts.ac.uk 020 7514 6000 University

University of West London London, W5 5RF www.uwl.ac.uk 020 8579 5000 University

University of Westminster London, NW1 5LS

www.westminster.ac.uk 020 7911 5000 University

Urdang Academy London, EC1R 4RP

www.theurdangacademy.com 020 7713 7710 Higher education college

Victoria School of English London, SW1W 8JH

www.victoriaschool.com 020 7730 1333 Higher education college

Waltham Forest College

Higher education college

www.waltham.ac.uk 020 8501 8000

www.trinitylaban.ac.uk 020 8305 4444

University College London

London, E17 4JB

Higher education College

London, WC1E 6BT

Wimbledon College of Art

University

www.wimbledon.arts.ac.uk 020 7514 9641

www.ucl.ac.uk 020 7679 2000

www.rvc.ac.uk 020 7468 5000

www.sclondon.co.uk 020 7704 8497

www.cumbria.ac.uk 020 7364 6334

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London, SE10 9JF

Stratford College London Higher education college

University

University of Notre Dame

www.hgsi.ac.uk 020 8829 4229

University of Cumbria English Street Campus

Higher education college

London, SE10 9LS

London, N2 0GA

Higher education college

London, N1 2PB

University

University of Greenwich

London, WC1R 5DX

Royal Veterinary College University of London London, NW1 0TU

London, E16 2RD

The City Law School

Higher education college

Slade School of Fine Art

London, SW7 2BS

www.uel.ac.uk 020 8223 3333

School of Technology and Management

www.rca.ac.uk 020 7590 4444

Royal College of Music

www.citycollege.ac.uk 020 7253 1133

London, SE1 6SB

020 7378 9061

Higher education college

University of East London

London, N1 6AH

Higher education college

Royal College of Art London, SW7 2EU

The City College

London, E3 4TA University

London, SW19 3QA

Higher education college

Wimbledon School of English London, SW19 4JZ

www.wimbledon-school.ac.uk 020 8947 1921 Higher education college

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DIRECTORY Middlesex

Brunel University Uxbridge, UB8 3PH www.brunel.ac.uk 01895 274 000 University

St Mary’s University Twickenham, TW1 4SX www.smuc.ac.uk 020 8240 4000

Higher education college

South East Berkshire

Henley Business School University of Reading

Regent Brighton

Wessex Institute

Balliol College Oxford

www.regent.org.uk 01273 731 684

www.wessex.ac.uk 02380 293 223

www.balliol.ox.ac.uk 01865 277 777

Hove, BN3 3EW

Higher education college

Sussex Downs College Newhaven Campus Newhaven, BN9 9BN

www.sussexdowns.ac.uk 01273 511 400 Higher education college

Sussex Downs College Park Campus Eastbourne, BN21 2UF

www.sussexdowns.ac.uk 01323 637 111 Higher education college

Southampton, SO40 7AA Higher education college

University

Winchester School of English

Blackfriars College Oxford

www.winchester-english.co.uk 01962 851 844

www.bfriars.ox.ac.uk 01865 278 400

Winchester, SO23 7DX Higher education college

Kent

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury, CT1 1QU

University

www.cicero.co.uk 01892 547 077

Reading, RG6 6AH www.reading.ac.uk 01189 875 123 University

Buckinghamshire Bucks New University

High Wycombe, HP11 2JZ www.bucks.ac.uk 01494 601 636 University

Institute of Continuing Education Cambridge, CB23 8AQ www.ice.cam.ac.uk 01223 746 222

Higher education college

The Open University

Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA www.open.ac.uk 01908 274 066 University

University of Buckingham Buckingham, MK18 1EG www.buckingham.ac.uk 01280 814 080

University of Sussex University

www.eso.ac.uk 01622 671 558

Hampshire

Lewis School of English Southampton, SO14 1LL www.lewis-school.co.uk 02380 228 203 Higher education college

LSI Portsmouth (Language Specialists International) Portsmouth, PO1 2AH

www.lsi-portsmouth.co.uk 02392 291 811 Higher education college

Southampton Solent University

Southampton, SO14 0YN www.solent.ac.uk 02380 319 000 University

East Sussex

www.port.ac.uk 02392 848 484

Portsmouth, PO1 2UP University

Brighton, BN1 9SB

University of Southampton

Higher education college

www.southampton.ac.uk 02380 595 000

City College Brighton and Hove Brighton, BN1 4FA www.ccb.ac.uk 01273 667 788

Higher education college

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Maidstone, ME16 8SL Higher education college

University of Portsmouth

www.brightonsbm.com 01273 704 463

Higher education college

European School of Osteopathy

University

Brighton School of Business and Management

Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2ET

Brighton, BN1 9RH www.sussex.ac.uk 01273 606 755

Southampton, SO17 1BJ University

Oxford, OX1 4AJ

www.bnc.ox.ac.uk 01865 277 830

Oxford, OX1 1QS

www.brighton.ac.uk 01273 600 900

University of Reading

Brasenose College Oxford

University

University of Brighton University

University

University

Reading, RG9 3AU

Brighton, BN2 4AT

Oxford, OX1 3LY

www.canterbury.ac.uk 01227 767 700

Cicero Languages International

www.henley.ac.uk 01183 785 044

Oxford, OX1 3BJ

Kent Institute of Art and Design

Maidstone, ME16 8AG www.kiad.ac.uk 01622 757 286

Higher education college

Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance Sidcup, DA15 9DF www.bruford.ac.uk 020 8308 2600

Higher education college

University for the Creative Arts

Canterbury, CT1 3AN www.ucreative.ac.uk 01227 817 302 University

University of Kent Tonbridge, TN9 1TG

Campion Hall Oxford www.campion.ox.ac.uk 01865 286 100 University

Christ Church College Oxford Oxford, OX1 1DP

www.chch.ox.ac.uk 01865 276 150 University

Corpus Christi College Oxford Oxford, OX1 4JF

www.ccc.ox.ac.uk 01865 276 700 University

Exeter College Oxford Oxford, OX1 3DP

www.exeter.ox.ac.uk 01865 279 600 University

Green Templeton College Oxford Oxford, OX2 6HG www.gtc.ox.ac.uk 01865 274 770 University

Harris Manchester College Oxford Oxford, OX1 3TD www.hmc.ox.ac.uk 01865 271 006 University

www.kent.ac.uk 01732 352 316

Hertford College

University

www.hertford.ox.ac.uk 01865 279 400

Oxfordshire

Oxford, OX1 3BW University

All Souls College Oxford

Jesus College Oxford

www.all-souls.ox.ac.uk 01865 279 379

www.jesus.ox.ac.uk 01865 279 700

Oxford, OX1 4AL

Oxford, OX1 3DW

University

University

University of Winchester

Aspect College Oxford

Keble College Oxford

www.winchester.ac.uk 01962 841 515

www.studystay.com 020 8727 3550

www.keble.ox.ac.uk 01865 272 727

Winchester, SO22 4NR University

Oxford, OX2 6JU

Higher education college

Oxford, OX1 3PG University

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DIRECTORY Kellogg College Oxford Oxford, OX2 6PN

Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

University

www.ocms.ac.uk 01865 556 071

www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk 01865 612 000

Lady Margaret Hall Oxford Oxford, OX2 6QA www.lmh.ox.ac.uk 01865 274 300

Oxford, OX2 6HR

Higher education college

Oxford Media & Business School

University

Oxford, OX1 1RR

Linacre College Oxford

Higher education college

Oxford, OX1 3JA

www.linacre.ox.ac.uk 01865 271 650

www.oxfordbusiness.co.uk 01865 240 963

Oxford Princeton Programme

University

Oxford, OX1 1ST

Lincoln College Oxford

Higher education college

Oxford, OX1 3DR www.linc.ox.ac.uk 01865 279 800 University

Magdalen College Oxford Oxford, OX1 4AU

www.oxfordprinceton.com 01865 250 521

Pembroke College Oxford Oxford, OX1 1DW www.pmb.ox.ac.uk 01865 276 444 University

University

Regent English Language Training Oxford

Mansfield College Oxford

www.regent.org.uk 01865 515 566

www.magd.ox.ac.uk 01865 276 000

Oxford, OX1 3TF

www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk 01865 270 999 University

Merton College Oxford Oxford, OX1 4JD

www.merton.ox.ac.uk 01865 276 310 University

Oxford, OX2 6JT

Oxford, OX1 3UJ

www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk 01865 271 700 University

St Edmund Hall Oxford Oxford, OX1 4AR www.seh.ox.ac.uk 01865 279 000 University

St Hilda’s College Oxford Oxford, OX4 1DY

www.sthildas.ox.ac.uk 01865 276 884 University

St Hugh’s College Oxford Oxford, OX2 6LE

www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk 01865 274 900 University

St John’s College Oxford Oxford, OX1 3JP www.sjc.ox.ac.uk 01865 277 300 University

Higher education college

St Peter’s College Oxford

Regent’s Park College Oxford

www.spc.ox.ac.uk 01865 278 900

Oxford, OX1 2DL

Oxford, OX1 2LB

University

University

Oxford, OX4 1JX

www.rpc.ox.ac.uk 01865 288 120

New College Oxford

School of Education Oxford Brookes University

www.new.ox.ac.uk 01865 279 555

www.brookes.ac.uk 01865 488 600

Oxford, OX1 3BN

St Catherine’s College Oxford

Oxford, OX2 9AT

St Stephen’s House Oxford www.ssho.ox.ac.uk 01865 613 500 University

The Queen’s College Oxford Oxford, OX1 4AW

www.queens.ox.ac.uk 01865 279 120

University

Higher education college

Nuffield College Oxford

Somerville College

University

www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk 01865 278 500

www.some.ox.ac.uk 01865 270 600

Oxford, OX1 3BH

Oxford, OX1 1NF University

Oxford, OX2 6HD

Trinity College Oxford

University

www.trinity.ox.ac.uk 01865 279 900

Oriel College Oxford

St Anne’s College Oxford

www.oriel.ox.ac.uk 01865 276 555

www.st-annes.ox.ac.uk 01865 274 800

Oxford, OX1 4EW University

Oxford Brookes University Oxford, OX3 0BP

www.brookes.ac.uk 01865 484 848 University

University

Oxford, OX2 6HS

University College Oxford

University

www.univ.ox.ac.uk 01865 276 602

St Antony’s College Oxford Oxford, OX2 6JF

www.sant.ox.ac.uk 01865 284 700 University

Oxford, OX1 4BH

Wolfson College Oxford Oxford, OX2 6UD

www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk 01865 274 100 University

Worcester College Oxford Oxford, OX1 2HB

www.worc.ox.ac.uk 01865 278 300 University

Wycliffe Hall Oxford Oxford, OX2 6PW

www.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk 01865 274 200 University

Surrey

Carshalton College Carshalton, SM5 2EJ

www.carshalton.ac.uk 020 8544 4444 Higher education college

East Surrey College Redhill, RH1 2JX www.esc.ac.uk 01737 772 611

Higher education college

Guildford College Guildford, GU1 1EZ www.guildford.ac.uk 01483 448 585

Higher education college

Kingston University

Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1LQ www.kingston.ac.uk 020 8417 9000 University

Nescot College

Epsom, KT17 3DS www.nescot.ac.uk 020 8394 3038

Higher education college

Phoenix College Morden Morden, SM4 5SE 020 8648 4993

Higher education college

Royal Holloway University of London Egham, TW20 0EX

www.royalholloway.ac.uk 01784 434 455 University

University of Oxford

Richmond The American International University in London

www.ox.ac.uk 01865 270 000

www.richmond.ac.uk 020 8332 9000

University

Oxford, OX1 2JD University

Richmond, TW10 6JP University

Oxford Brookes University School of Law

St Benet’s Hall Oxford

Wadham College Oxford

The University of Law

www.law.brookes.ac.uk 01865 488 750

www.st-benets.ox.ac.uk 01865 280 556

www.wadham.ox.ac.uk 01865 277 900

www.law.ac.uk 01483 216 658

Oxford, OX3 0BP

Higher education college

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Oxford, OX1 3PN University

Guildford, GU3 1HA University

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DIRECTORY University of Surrey

Cornwall College

Truro College

Plymouth Language School

www.surrey.ac.uk 01483 300 800

www.cornwall.ac.uk 01326 310 310

www.trurocollege.ac.uk 01872 267 000

www.sparrow.co.uk 01752 222 700

Guildford, GU2 7XH

Falmouth, TR11 3QS

Truro, TR1 3XX

University

Higher education college

West Sussex

Cornwall College Newquay, TR7 2LZ

Devon

Pulborough, RH20 1DL

Higher education college

Paignton, TQ4 5LH

Brinsbury Campus Chichester College www.chichester.ac.uk 01243 786 321

Higher education college

Chichester College of Art Chichester, PO19 1SB www.chichester.ac.uk 01243 786 321

Higher education college

Central Sussex College Crawley Campus Crawley, RH10 1NR

www.centralsussex.ac.uk/ universitycentre 0845 155 0043 Higher education college

Central Sussex College Haywards Heath Campus Haywards Heath, RH16 1LT www.centralsussex.ac.uk/ universitycentre 01444 456 281 Higher education college

The College of Richard Collyer

www.cornwall.ac.uk 01637 857 957

Cornwall College Higher education college

www.bicton.ac.uk 01395 562 400

www.cornwall.ac.uk 01209 616 161

Cornwall College Saltash Campus Saltash, PL12, 4AE

www.cornwall.ac.uk 01752 850 250 Higher education college

Higher education college

Highlands College Jersey JE4 9QA

www.highlands.ac.uk 01534 608 608 Higher education college

Higher education college

Exeter, EX4 4JS

Higher education college

Cornwall College Trevenson

University of Exeter

www.cornwall.ac.uk 01209 611 611

www.ex.ac.uk 01392 400 500

Redruth, TR15 3RD

Higher education college

Camborne, TR14 0AB Higher education college

www.falmouth.ac.uk 01326 370 400

www.guernseycollege.ac.gg 01481 737 500

www.devonschool.co.uk 01803 666 499

Higher education college

University

Guernsey GY1 2TT

Paignton, TQ3 2AF

www.exe-coll.ac.uk 01392 205 222

Chichester, PO19 6PE

Guernsey College of Further Education

Devon School of English

www.cornwall.ac.uk 01726 226 626

St. Austell, PL25 4DJ

Falmouth College of the Arts

Channel Islands

Higher education college

Exeter College

Higher education college

South West

Budleigh, Salterton, EX9 7BY

Cornwall College St Austell Campus

www.duchy.ac.uk 01209 722 100

www.chi.ac.uk 01243 816 000

Higher education college

Bicton College

Duchy College Rosewarne

University of Chichester

Aspect College

Redruth, TR15 3RD

Horsham, RH12 2EJ www.collyers.ac.uk 01403 210 822

Higher education college

Exeter, EX4 4QJ University

International House Torquay Torquay, TQ1 3BB

www.ihwelsgroup.com 01803 299 691 Higher education college

Falmouth, TR10 9FE

Language in Totnes

Higher education college

www.languageingroup.com 01803 865 722

Totnes, TQ9 5RZ

Plymouth, PL4 6AL

Higher education college

Plymouth University Plymouth, PL4 8AA

www.plymouth.ac.uk 01752 600 600 University

Schumacher College Totnes, TQ9 6EA

www.schumachercollege.org.uk 01803 865 934 Higher education college

Torbay Language Centre Paignton, TQ4 5LH 01803 558 555

Higher education college

Torquay International School Torquay, TQ1 3HY www.tisltd.co.uk 01803 295 576

Higher education college

University College of St Mark & St John Plymouth, PL6 8BH

www.marjon.ac.uk 01752 636 700

Higher education college

Dorset

Anglo European College of Chiropractic Bournemouth, BH5 2DF www.aecc.ac.uk 01202 436 200

Higher education college

Aspect College Bournemouth Bournemouth, BH4 9EF

www.aspectworld.com 020 7045 5000 Higher education college

Higher education college

Arts University Bournemouth

Falmouth, TR10 9FE

Mayflower College

www.aub.ac.uk 01202 533 011

University

www.maycoll.co.uk 01752 673 784

Falmouth University www.falmouth.ac.uk 01326 370 400

St Austell College

St. Austell, PL25 4DJ www.st-austell.ac.uk 01726 226 626

Higher education college

Truro and Penwith College Penzance, TR18 2SA www.penwith.ac.uk 01736 335 000

Cornwall

Higher education college

Penryn,TR10 9EZ

Penzance, TR18 3XX

Plymouth, PL1 3BY

Higher education college

Meridian School of English Plymouth, PL4 6LF

www.meridianenglish.com 0845 673 3007

Poole, BH12 5HH University

Bournemouth & Poole College Poole, BH14 0LS

www.thecollege.co.uk 01202 205 205

Higher education college

Higher education college

City College Plymouth

Bournemouth University

www.pcfe.ac.uk 01752 305 300

www.bournemouth.ac.uk 01202 524 111

Plymouth, PL1 5QG

Higher education college

Poole, BH12 5BB University

Camborne School of Mines

Truro College

Plymouth College of Art

Eurocentres Bournemouth

www.ex.ac.uk/csm 01209 714 866

www.trurocollege.ac.uk 01872 267 000

www.plymouthart.ac.uk 01752 203 434

www.eurocentres.co.uk 01202 554 426

Higher education college

gooduniguide.co.uk

Higher education college

Plymouth, PL4 8AT

Higher education college

Bournemouth, BH1 1HZ Higher education college

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DIRECTORY Kingston Maurward College

National Star College

Bristol Baptist College

Weston College

www.kmc.ac.uk 01305 215 000

www.natstar.ac.uk 01242 527 631

www.bristol-baptist.ac.uk 01179 467 050

www.weston.ac.uk 01934 411 411

Dorchester, DT2 8PY

Cheltenham, GL53 9QU

Higher education college

Higher education college

Music Research Institute

Royal Agricultural University

www.mri.ac.uk 01425 276 161

www.rau.ac.uk 01285 652531

Christchurch, BH23 5QL Higher education college

Weymouth College Weymouth, DT4 7LQ www.weymouth.ac.uk 01305 761 100

Higher education college

Gloucestershire Cirencester College Fosses Way Campus

Cirencester, GL7 6JS University

Royal Forest of Dean College

Bristol, BS8 3NJ

Weston-super-mare, BS23 2AL

Higher education college

Higher education college

University of Bristol

Yeovil College

www.bris.ac.uk 01179 289 000

www.yeovil.ac.uk 01935 423 921

Bristol, BS8 1TH University

Yeovil, BA21 4DR Higher education college

Coleford, GL16 7JT

Bridgwater College

Wiltshire

Higher education college

www.bridgwater.ac.uk 01278 441 234

Swindon, SN3 1AH

www.gloscol.ac.uk 01594 833 416

Royal Forest of Dean College Five Acres Campus

Bridgwater, TA6 4PZ

Higher education college

Coleford, GL16 7JT

City of Bath College

Higher education college

www.citybathcoll.ac.uk 01225 312 191

Swindon New College www.newcollege.ac.uk 0808 172 1721 Higher education college

Bath, BA1 1UP

Salisbury College www.salisbury.ac.uk 01722 344 344

Cirencester Tertiary College

South Gloucestershire & Stroud College Stroud Campus

Higher education college

www.cirencester.ac.uk 01285 640 994

www.stroud.ac.uk 01453 763 424

www.filton-college.ac.uk 01179 312 121

Cirencester, GL7 1XA www.cirencester.ac.uk 01285 640 994

Higher education college

Cirencester, GL7 1XA

www.gloscol.ac.uk 01594 833 416

Stroud, GL5 4AH

Higher education college

Higher education college

Gloucestershire College Cheltenham Campus

The Business Hub

www.gloscol.ac.uk 01242 532 000

Higher education college

Cheltenham, GL2 5JQ Higher education college

Gloucestershire College Cheltenham Construction School Cheltenham, GL51 9NB www.gloscol.ac.uk 01242 532 180

Higher education college

Gloucestershire College Gloucester Campus Gloucester, GL2 5JQ www.gloscol.ac.uk 08451 552 020

Higher education college

Gloucestershire College of Arts & Technology Gloucester, GL1 1HU www.gloscat.ac.uk 01452 426 505

Higher education college

Hartpury College

Gloucester, GL19 3BE www.hartpury.ac.uk 01452 702 132

Higher education college

Launchpad

Tewkesbury, GL20 8UQ www.gloscat.ac.uk 01684 273 999

Higher education college

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Gloucester, GL1 2LG

gcbusinesshub.gloscol.ac.uk 01452 563 400

University of Gloucestershire Hardwick Centre for Art & Photography Cheltenham, GL50 4BS www.glos.ac.uk 08448 010 001 University

University of Gloucestershire Francis Close Hall Campus Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ www.glos.ac.uk 01242 714 551

Higher education college

Filton College

Bristol, BS34 7AT

Higher education college

Norton Radstock College Radstock, BA3 3RW www.nortcoll.ac.uk 01761 433 161

Higher education college

Somerset College of Arts & Technology Taunton, TA1 5AX

www.somerset.ac.uk 01823 366 366 Higher education college

Strode College

Street, BA16 0AB

University

www.strode-college.ac.uk 01458 844 400

University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls Campus

The University of Bath

Gloucester, GL2 9HW www.glos.ac.uk 01242 715 200 University

Salisbury, SP1 2LW

Higher education college

Bath, BA2 7AY

www.bath.ac.uk 01225 388 388 University

Sarum Theological College Salisbury, SP1 2EE www.sarum.ac.uk 01722 424 800

Higher education college

Swindon College Swindon, SN2 1YX

www.swindon-college.ac.uk 01793 491 591 Higher education college

Wiltshire College

Trowbridge, BA14 0ES www.wiltscoll.ac.uk 01225 766 241

Higher education college

East

Bedfordshire

Cranfield University Bedford, MK43 0AL www.cranfield.ac.uk 01234 750 111 University

CILEx Law School Bedford, MK42 7AB

www.ilex-tutorial.ac.uk 01234 841 010

University of Gloucestershire The Park Campus

Trinity College

Higher education college

www.glos.ac.uk 01242 532 700

www.trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk 01179 682 803

Bedford, MK41 9EA

Cheltenham, GL50 2RH University

Somerset

Bristol, BS9 1JP

University of Bedfordshire

Higher education college

www.beds.ac.uk 01582 489 286

Bath Spa University College

University of the West of England

www.bathspa.ac.uk 01225 875 875

www.uwe.ac.uk 01179 656 261

Bath, BA2 9BN University

Bristol, BS16 1QY University

University

University of Bedfordshire Luton, LU1 3JU www.beds.ac.uk 01234 400 400 University

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DIRECTORY Cambridgeshire

Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, CB1 1PT www.anglia.ac.uk 01223 363 271 University

Emmanuel College University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards College University of Cambridge

St Edmund’s College University of Cambridge

www.emma.cam.ac.uk 01223 334 200

www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk 01223 762 100

www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk 01223 336 250

Cambridge, CB2 3AP University

Bellerbys College

Fitzwilliam College University of Cambridge

www.bellerbys.com 01223 517 037

www.fitz.cam.ac.uk 01223 332 030

Cambridge, CB2 2JF Higher education college

Cambridge, CB3 0DG University

www.newn.cam.ac.uk 01223 335 700

Girton College University of Cambridge

www.cambridge managementcollege.com 01223 236 636

www.girton.cam.ac.uk 01223 338 999

Higher education college

Christ’s College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB2 3BU

www.christs.cam.ac.uk 01223 334 900 University

Churchill College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB3 0DS www.chu.cam.ac.uk 01223 336 000 University

Clare College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB2 1TL www.cam.ac.uk 01223 333 200 University

University

Newnham College University of Cambridge

Cambridge Management College Cambridge, CB4 5AY

Cambridge, CB3 0DF

Cambridge, CB3 9DF University

Cambridge, CB3 0JG

Pembroke College University of Cambridge

University

www.pem.cam.ac.uk 01223 338 100

Gonville and Caius College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB2 1TA www.cai.cam.ac.uk 01223 332 400 University

Homerton College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB2 2PH

www.homerton.cam.ac.uk 01223 747 111 University

Hughes Hall College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB1 2EW

www.hughes.cam.ac.uk 01223 334 898 University

Cambridge, CB2 1RF University

Peterhouse University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB2 1RD www.pet.cam.ac.uk 01223 338 200 University

Queens’ College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB3 9ET

www.queens.cam.ac.uk 01223 335 511 University

Regent Cambridge Cambridge, CB1 2AZ www.regent.org.uk 01223 312 333

Higher education college

Cambridge, CB3 9AL

Jesus College University of Cambridge

Robinson College University of Cambridge

University

www.jesus.cam.ac.uk 01223 339 339

www.robinson.cam.ac.uk 01223 339 100

Corpus Christi College University of Cambridge

University

University

King’s College University of Cambridge

Selwyn College University of Cambridge

www.kings.cam.ac.uk 01223 331 100

www.sel.cam.ac.uk 01223 335 846

Clare Hall Cambridge www.clarehall.cam.ac.uk 01223 332 360

Cambridge, CB2 1RH

www.corpus.cam.ac.uk 01223 338 000

Cambridge, CB5 8BL

Cambridge, CB2 1ST

Cambridge, CB3 9AN

Cambridge, CB3 9DQ

Cambridge, CB3 0BN University

St John’s College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB2 1TP www.joh.cam.ac.uk 01223 338 600 University

The Bell Language Schools Cambridge, CB2 0QU www.bellenglish.com 01223 278 800

Higher education college

Trinity College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB2 1TQ www.trin.cam.ac.uk 01223 338 400 University

Trinity Hall College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB2 1TJ

www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk 01223 332 500 University

University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB2 1TN www.cam.ac.uk 01223 337 733 University

Wolfson College University of Cambridge Cambridge, CB3 9BB

www.wolfson.cam.ac.uk 01223 335 900 University

Essex

Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford Campus Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ www.apu.ac.uk 01245 493 131

University

University

Darwin College University of Cambridge

Lucy Cavendish College University of Cambridge

Sidney Sussex College University of Cambridge

Colchester Institute Braintree Campus

www.darwin.cam.ac.uk 01223 335 660

www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk 01223 332 190

www.sid.cam.ac.uk 01223 338 800

www.colchester.ac.uk 01376 321 711

University

Cambridge, CB3 9EU

Cambridge, CB3 0BU

Cambridge, CB2 3HU

University

Braintree, CM7 5SN

University

University

University

Downing College University of Cambridge

Magdalene College University of Cambridge

St Catharine’s College University of Cambridge

Colchester Institute Colchester Campus

www.dow.cam.ac.uk 01223 334 800

www.magd.cam.ac.uk 01223 332 100

www.caths.cam.ac.uk 01223 338 300

www.colchester.ac.uk 01206 712 000

Cambridge, CB2 1DQ University

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Cambridge, CB3 0AG University

Cambridge, CB2 1RL University

Higher education college

Colchester, CO3 3LL

Higher education college

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DIRECTORY East 15 Acting School Loughton, IG10 3RY www.east15.ac.uk 020 8508 5983

Higher education college

University of Essex Colchester, CO4 3SQ www.essex.ac.uk 01206 873 333

Leicestershire

Rutland

Leek College

Leicester, LE1 9BH

Oakham, LE15 6QH

www.leek.ac.uk 01538 398 866

De Montfort University www.dmu.ac.uk 01162 551 551 University

Loughborough University

University

Loughborough, LE11 3TU

Writtle College

University

Chelmsford, CM1 3RR www.writtle.ac.uk 01245 424 200

Higher education college

Hertfordshire

All Nations Christian College Ware, SG12 8LX

www.allnations.ac.uk 01920 443 500 Higher education college

Ashridge Business School Berkhamsted, HP4 1NS www.ashridge.ac.uk 01442 843 491

Higher education college

St Edmund’s College Summer School Ware, SG11 1DS

www.stedmundscollege.com 01920 821 111 Higher education college

University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, AL10 9AB

www.lboro.ac.uk 01509 263 171

University of Leicester Leicester, LE1 7RH www.le.ac.uk 01162 522 522 University

Lincolnshire

Bishop Grosseteste College University College Lincoln Lincoln, LN1 3DY

www.bishopg.ac.uk 01522 527 347

Higher education college

University of Lincoln Lincoln, LN6 7TS www.lincoln.ac.uk 01522 882 000 University

Northamptonshire

University of Northampton Northampton, NN2 7AL

The Rutland College www.tresham.ac.uk/rutlandcollege 0845 658 8990 Higher education college

West Midlands

Herefordshire

Hereford College of Art and Design

Leek, ST13 6DP Higher education college

Newcastle-under-Lyme College Newcastle, ST5 2GB www.nulc.ac.uk 01782 715 111

Higher education college

Hereford, HR1 1LT

Stafford College

Higher education college

www.staffordcoll.ac.uk 01785 223 800

www.hereford-art-col.ac.uk 01432 273 359

Herefordshire College of Technology Hereford, HR1 1LS www.hct.ac.uk 01432 352 235

Higher education college

Herefordshire College of Technology Hereford, HR2 6LL

www.holmelacy.ac.uk 01432 870 316 Higher education college

Shropshire

Harper Adams University College Newport, TF10 8NB

www.harper-adams.ac.uk 01952 820 820 University

Stafford, ST16 2QR

Higher education college

Staffordshire University Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE www.staffs.ac.uk 01782 294 000 University

Stoke on Trent College Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1JJ www.stokecoll.ac.uk 01782 208 208

Higher education college

Warwickshire Atherstone College Atherstone, CV9 1LF www.nwhc.ac.uk 01827 718 356

Higher education college

University

University

Lydbury English Centre

Bermuda Park Innovation Centre

Norfolk

Lincoln College Newark

www.lydbury.co.uk 01588 681 000

www.nwhc.ac.uk 02476 322 910

Norwich, NR2 4SN

www.lincolncollege.ac.uk 01636 680 680

www.herts.ac.uk 01707 284 000

Norwich University of the Arts www.nua.ac.uk 01603 610 561

Higher education college

University of East Anglia Norwich, NR4 7TJ www.uea.ac.uk 01603 456 161 University

Suffolk

University Campus Suffolk Ipswich, IP4 1QJ www.ucs.ac.uk 01473 338 000 University

East Midlands Derbyshire

www.northampton.ac.uk 01604 735 500

Newark, NG24 1PB

Higher education College

Nottinghamshire Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham, NG1 4BU www.ntu.ac.uk 01159 418 418 University

Higher education college

New College

Henley-in-Arden College

www.nct.ac.uk 01952 641 892

www.rugbycoll.ac.uk 0300 456 0047

Telford, TF1 1NY Higher education college

Shrewsbury College of Art & Technology Shrewsbury, SY2 6PR 01743 342 342

Higher education college

Henley-in-Arden, B95 6AB Higher education college

Moreton Morrell College Warwick, CV35 9BL www.rugbycoll.ac.uk 0300 456 0047

Higher education college

Stratford-upon-Avon College

www.stjohns-nottm.ac.uk 01159 251 114

www.tcat.ac.uk 01952 642 200

www.stratford.ac.uk 01789 266 245

Nottingham, NG9 3DS Higher education college

www.derby.ac.uk 01332 590 500

www.nottingham.ac.uk 01159 515 151

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Higher education college

Telford College of Art & Technology

University of Derby University

Nuneaton, CV10 7SD

St John’s Nottingham

The University of Nottingham

Derby, DE22 1GB

Lydbury North, SY7 8AU

Nottingham, NG7 2RD University

Telford, TF1 2NP

Higher education college

Staffordshire

Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9QR Higher education college

Keele University

Warwickshire College Leamington Centre

www.keele.ac.uk 01782 621 111

www.rugbycoll.ac.uk 0300 456 0047

Newcastle, ST5 5BG University

Leamington spa, CV32 5JE Higher education college

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DIRECTORY Warwickshire College Rugby Centre Rugby, CV21 1AR

www.warwickshire.ac.uk 01788 338 800 Higher education college

Warwickshire College Trident Park Warwick, CV34 6SW

www.warwickshire.ac.uk 03004 560 047 Higher education college

West Midlands Aston University

Birmingham, B4 7ET www.aston.ac.uk 01212 043 000 University

Birmingham City University Birmingham, B42 2SU www.bcu.ac.uk 01213 315 000 University

Birmingham College of Food Birmingham, B3 1JB www.ucb.ac.uk 01216 041 000

Higher education college

Bournville College

Birmingham, B31, 2AJ www.bournville.ac.uk 0121 477 1300

Higher education college

City College Coventry Coventry, CV1 3GD

www.covcollege.ac.uk 0247 6791 000

Henley College

Coventry, CV2 1ED

www.henley-cov.ac.uk 02476 626 300 Higher education college

Kingsway English Centre

University of Chester

Higher education college

Higher education college

www.theabbeycollege.co.uk 01684 892 300

Matthew Boulton College Birmingham, B74 2NW www.bmetc.ac.uk 01214 464 545

Higher education college

Newman University Birmingham, B32 3NT

Malvern, WR14 4JF

Higher education college

University of Worcester Worcester, WR2 6AJ www.worc.ac.uk 01905 855 000 University

www.newman.ac.uk 01214 761 181

Warwickshire College

University

www.warwickshire.ac.uk 0300 456 0047

North East Worcestershire College Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

www.howcollege.ac.uk 01527 570 020

Pershore, WR10 3JP

Higher education college

Worcester College of Technology

Higher education college

Worcester, WR1 2JF

Solihull College

Higher education college

Solihull, B91 1SB

www.solihull.ac.uk 01216 787 000 Higher education college

South Birmingham College Birmingham, B28 8ES www.sbirmc.ac.uk 01216 787 000

Higher education college

www.wortech.ac.uk 01905 725 555

North East

County Durham

Higher education college

www.birmingham.ac.uk 01214 143 344

Birmingham, B15 2TT University

Coventry, CV1 5FB

University of Central England

University

www.uce.ac.uk 01213 315 000

Birmingham, B42 2SU

Warrington, WA2 0DB www.chester.ac.uk 01925 534 206 University

Cumbria

University of Cumbria Carlisle, CA2 5UF

www.cumbria.ac.uk 01228 400 300 University

University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus Ambleside, LA22 9BB www.cumbria.ac.uk 01539 430 274 University

University of Cumbria Fusehill Campus Carlisle, CA1 2HH

www.cumbria.ac.uk 01228 616 234 University

Penrith, CA11 0AH University

Greater Manchester

www.ushaw.org 01913 738 517

Manchester, M15 6PB

Higher education college

Tyne & Wear

Manchester Business School www.mbs.ac.uk 01612 756 333

Higher education college

Newcastle University

Manchester Metropolitan University

www.ncl.ac.uk 01912 226 000

www.mmu.ac.uk 01612 472 000

Newcastle upon tyne, NE1 7RU University

University

University of Warwick

Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne

www.dudleycol.ac.uk 01384 363 000

www.warwick.ac.uk 02476 523 523

www.northumbria.ac.uk 01912 326 002

Coventry, CV4 7AL

University of Chester Warrington Campus

Ushaw College

Dudley College of Technology Dudley, DY1 4AS

University

www.cumbria.ac.uk 01768 893 400

Durham, DH7 9RH

The University of Birmingham

www.chester.ac.uk 01244 511 000

www.dur.ac.uk 01913 342 000

Durham, DH1 3LE

www.homoeopathytraining.co.uk 01214 231 913

Wolverhampton, WV6 ODU

Chester, CH1 4BJ

University of Cumbria Penrith Campus

University

Higher education college

Cheshire

Durham University

The Homeopathy College

City of Wolverhampton College

www.coventry.ac.uk 02476 887 688

www.walsallcollege.ac.uk 01922 657 000

Walsall, WS1 1XN

The Abbey College

www.kingsway-english.com 01905 619 877

Oldbury, B68 0DL

Coventry University

North West

Worcester, WR1 1EE

Higher education college

www.wolverhamptoncollege.ac.uk 01902 836 000

Walsall College of Arts and Technology

Newcastle upon tyne, NE1 8ST

Manchester, M15 6HB

University

Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, M13 9RD www.rncm.ac.uk 01619 075 200

Higher education college

University

University

University of Wolverhampton

University of Sunderland

Salford City College Walkden Sixth Form Centre

01212 561 031

www.wlv.ac.uk 01902 321 000

www.salfordcc.ac.uk 01616 315 000

Higher education college

University

www.sunderland.ac.uk 01915 152 000

Higher education college

Handsworth College Corporation Birmingham, B21 9DP

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Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY

Sunderland, SR2 3SD University

Manchester, M28 7QD Higher education college

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DIRECTORY The University of Bolton Bolton, BL3 5AB

www.bolton.ac.uk 01204 900 600 University

University of Manchester Manchester, M13 9PL

www.manchester.ac.uk 01613 066 000

Liverpool

Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts Liverpool, L1 9HF www.lipa.ac.uk 01513 303 000

Higher education college

University

Liverpool Hope University

University of Salford

www.hope.ac.uk 01512 913 000

Salford, M5 4WT

www.salford.ac.uk 01612 955 000 University

Isle of Man

Isle of Man College Isle of Man IM2 6RB

www.iomcollege.ac.im 01624 648 200

Liverpool, L16 9JD University

Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool, L3 2AJ www.ljmu.ac.uk 01512 312 121 University

Higher education college

The University of Liverpool

Lancashire

www.liv.ac.uk 01517 942 000

Blackpool and the Fylde College (University Centre) Blackpool FY1 4DW

www.blackpool.ac.uk 01253 504 343 Higher education college

Edge Hill University Ormskirk, L39 4QP www.edgehill.ac.uk 01695 575 171 University

Runshaw Adult College Chorley, PR7 6AQ

www.runshaw.ac.uk 01772 642 040 Higher education college

University Centre at Blackburn College Blackburn, BB2 1LH

www.blackburn.ac.uk 01254 292 594 Higher education college

Liverpool, L69 3BX University

The Hull York Medical School Hull, HU6 7RX

www.hyms.ac.uk 0870 124 5500 University

www.scar.hull.ac.uk 01723 362 392 University

Yorkshire - North

University of York

Scarborough, YO12 5JX

University

Anglolang Academy of English www.anglolang.com 01723 501 991

Higher education college

Askham Bryan College of Agriculture and Horticulture York, YO23 3FR

www.askham-bryan.ac.uk 01904 772 277

www.bishopburton.ac.uk 01964 553 000

Hartlepool, TS24 7EX

Higher education college

Higher education college

East Riding College Beverley

Craven College

www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk 08451 200 037

www.craven-college.ac.uk 01756 708 001

East Riding College Bridlington Campus Bridlington, YO16 7JW

www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk 01262 852 000 Higher education college

Scarborough, YO11 3AZ

University

www.ccad.ac.uk 01429 422 000

Higher education college

University

www.hull.ac.uk 01482 346 311

Hull, HU6 7RX

Cleveland College of Art and Design

Beverley, HU17 0GH

www.tees.ac.uk 01642 218 121

University of Hull Scarborough Campus

Bishop Burton College Beverley, HU17 8QG

Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA

University of Hull

Higher education college

Yorkshire - East

Teesside University

Skipton, BD23 1US

Higher education college

York, YO10 5DD www.york.ac.uk 01904 320 000

York College

York, YO23 2BB

www.yorkcollege.ac.uk 01904 770 200 Higher education college

York St John University York, YO31 7EX

www.yorksj.ac.uk 01904 624 624 University

Yorkshire Coast College Scarborough, YO12 5RN

www.yorkshirecoastcollege.ac.uk 01723 372 105 Higher education college

Yorkshire - South Barnsley College Barnsley, S70 2YW

www.barnsley.ac.uk 01226 216 216 Higher education college

English in York College

Doncaster College

www.english-in-york.co.uk 01904 636 771

www.don.ac.uk 01302 553 553

York, YO1 9ND

Higher education college

Doncaster, DN1 3EX

Higher education college

English Language Centre

Northern College

www.elcyork.com 01904 672 243

www.northern.ac.uk 01226 776 000

York, YO1 8RA

Barnsley, S75 3ET

University of Central Lancashire

East Riding College Carnaby Campus

www.uclan.ac.uk 01772 201 201

www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk 0845 120 0037

Melton College

Rother Valley College

Higher education college

www.melton-college.co.uk 01904 622 250

www.rothervalley.ac.uk

Preston, PR1 2HE University

University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus Lancaster, LA1 3JD www.cumbria.ac.uk 01524 384 384 University

Bridlington, YO15 3QY

East Riding College Hull Campus Hull, HU3 2DH

www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk Higher education college

University of Lancaster

Hull College

www.lancs.ac.uk 01524 65 201

www.hull-college.ac.uk 01482 598 744

Lancaster, LA1 4YW University

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Hull, HU1 3DG

Higher education college

Higher education college

York, YO24 4DH

Higher education college

Selby College Selby, YO8 8AT

www.selbycollege.co.uk 01757 211 000 Higher education college

Teesside Tertiary College Middlesbrough, TS4 3RZ

Higher education college

Sheffield, S25 2NF

Higher education college

Sheffield College Sheffield, S2 2YY

www.sheffcol.ac.uk 01142 602 600 Higher education college

Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield, S1 1WB

01642 275 000

www.shu.ac.uk 01142 255 555

Higher education college

University

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DIRECTORY University of Sheffield

Leeds College of Music

www.shef.ac.uk 01142 222 000

www.lcm.ac.uk 01132 223 400

Sheffield, S10 2TN

Leeds, LS2 7PD

University

Higher education college

Yorkshire - West

Leeds Metropolitan University

Bradford College Bradford, BD7 1AY

www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk 01274 433 333 Higher education college

Bradford University Bradford, BD7 1DP

www.bradford.ac.uk 01274 232 323 University

Dewsbury College

Dewsbury, WF13 2AS www.dewsbury.ac.uk 01924 465 916

Higher education college

Huddersfield University Huddersfield, HD1 3DH www.hud.ac.uk 01484 422 288 University

Kirklees College Huddersfield Centre

Huddersfield, HD1 5NN www.huddcoll.ac.uk 01484 437 000

Higher education college

Leeds City College Keighley Campus Keighley, BD21 3DF

www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk 01535 685 000 Higher education college

Leeds City College Park Lane Campus Leeds, LS3 1AA

www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk 08450 457 275 Higher education college

Leeds, LS1 3HE

www.leedsmet.ac.uk 01132 832 600 University

Leeds Trinity University Leeds, LS18 5HD

www.leedstrinity.ac.uk 01132 837 100

Dumfries and Galloway College Dumfries, DG1 4FD

Heriot Watt University

Higher education college

www.hw.ac.uk 01314 495 111

www.dumgal.ac.uk 01387 734 000

University

www.sruc.ac.uk/barony 01307 860 251

www.napier.ac.uk 01314 442 266

Dumfries, DG1 3NE

www.uws.ac.uk 01387 345 845

Higher education college

Dumfries, DG1 4ZN University

University of Leeds

Dundee

www.leeds.ac.uk 01132 431 751

Dundee, DD3 8LE

Leeds, LS2 9JT University

Dundee College www.dundeecoll.ac.uk 01382 834 834

Wakefield College

Higher education college

www.wakcoll.ac.uk 01924 789 789

Dundee, DD1 1HG

Wakefield, WF1 2DH

University of Abertay

Higher education college

www.abertay.ac.uk 01382 308 000

Scotland

Aberdeenshire Aberdeen College

Aberdare, AB25 1BN www.abcol.ac.uk 01224 612 000

Higher education college

Robert Gordon University Aberdare, AB10 1FR www.rgu.ac.uk 01224 262 000 University

Aberdeen, AB21 9YA

University

University of Dundee Dundee, DD1 4HN www.dundee.ac.uk 01382 344 000 University

East Ayrshire Ayrshire College Ayr, KA8 0FE

www.ayrshire.ac.uk 01292 265 184

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University

Clackmannanshire

University

Regent Edinburgh

Edinburgh, EH2 4NA www.regent.org.uk 01312 259 888

Higher education college

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Edinburgh, EH9 3JG

www.sruc.ac.uk/edinburgh edinburgh@sruc.ac.uk 01315 354 391 University

Fife

Fife College Cowdenbeath Campus Cowdenbeath, KY4 8HW www.fife.ac.uk 0844 248 0115

Higher education college

Fife College Priory Campus Kirkcaldy, KY1 2QT www.fife.ac.uk 01592 223 700

Edinburgh

Fife College St Brycedale Campus

Edinburgh, EH2 4NG

www.fife.ac.uk 01592 223 400

Aspect College Edinburgh www.aspectworld.com 020 8727 3550 Higher education college

www.basilpaterson.co.uk 01312 253 802

www.abdn.ac.uk 01224 272 000

www.qmu.ac.uk 01314 740 000

Higher education college

University of Aberdeen Aberdare, AB24 3FX

Musselburgh, EH21 6UU

Higher education college

Leeds City College Thomas Danby Campus

Higher education college

Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

www.shipley.ac.uk 01274 327 222

Shipley, BD18 3JW

Basil Paterson College

www.leeds-art.ac.uk 01132 028 000

Napier University

Queen Margaret University

University

Leeds, LS2 9AQ

Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

Higher education college

Leeds College of Art & Design

University

University of the West of Scotland

www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk 01132 976 300

Higher education college

www.ed.ac.uk 01316 501 000

Shipley College

www.sruc.ac.uk 01224 711 189

www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk 0800 096 2319

Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

University

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

Leeds, LS7 3BG

Edinburgh University

Higher education college

University

Leeds City College Technology Campus Leeds, LS2 8BL

Dumfries & Galloway

Edinburgh, EH2 4NA

Higher education college

Kirkcaldy, KY1 1EX

Higher education college

Fife College Stenton Campus Glenrothes, KY6 2RA www.fife.ac.uk 01592 223 000

Higher education college

Edinburgh College of Art

Lauder College

www.eca.ed.ac.uk 01316 515 800

www.lauder.ac.uk 01383 845 000

Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

Inverkeithing, KY11 8DY

Higher education college

Higher education college

Clackmannan College Alloa

Edinburgh Napier University

The University of St Andrews

www.clacks.ac.uk 01324 403 000

www.napier.ac.uk 0845 260 6040

www.st-andrews.ac.uk 01334 476 161

Falkirk, FK2 9AD

Higher education college

Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ University

St. Andrews, KY16 9AJ University

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DIRECTORY Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Cupar, KY15 4JB

www.sruc.ac.uk/elmwood 01334 658 800

North Glasgow College

UHI Dunoon Argyll

www.glasgowkelvin.ac.uk 01416 305 000

www.uhi.ac.uk 01463 279 000

Glasgow, G21 4TD

Argyll, PA23 7HP

Higher education college

University

Glasgow

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Mid Lothian

Glasgow, G12 0YE

www.rcs.ac.uk 01413 324 101

www.jevc.ac.uk 01316 601 010

Higher education college

Anniesland College www.anniesland.ac.uk 01412 729 000 Higher education college

Glasgow, G2 3DB

Higher education college

Cardonald College

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

www.cardonald.ac.uk 01412 723 333

www.rcpsg.ac.uk 01412 216 072

Glasgow, G52 3AY

Glasgow, G2 5RJ

Higher education college

Higher education college

Central College of Commerce

University of Glasgow

www.centralcollege.ac.uk 01415 523 941

www.gla.ac.uk 01413 302 000

Glasgow, G1 2TA

Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Jewel and Esk Valley College Dalkeith, EH22 3AE

Higher education college

Newbattle Abbey College Dalkeith, EH22 3LL

www.newbattleabbeycollege.ac.uk 01316 631 921 Higher education college

Moray

Findhorn Foundation College Forres, IV36 3TZ

www.findhorncollege.org 01309 690 806

Higher education college

University

Higher education college

Cumbernauld College Glasgow, G67 1HU

University of Strathclyde John Anderson Campus

Moray College

Higher education college

www.strath.ac.uk 01415 524 400

www.cumbernauld.ac.uk 01236 731 811

Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow, G4 0BA www.gcu.ac.uk 01413 313 000

Glasgow, G1 1XQ University

Highland

Highland Theological College

Elgin, IV30 1JJ

www.moray.ac.uk 01343 576 000

Higher education college

North Lanarkshire Coatbridge College Coatbridge, ML5 3LS

www.coatbridge.ac.uk 01236 422 316

Scottish Borders Heriot Watt University Galashiels, TD1 3HF www.hw.ac.uk/sbc 01896 753 351 University

The Borders College Galashiels, TD1 2AF

www.borderscollege.ac.uk 0870 050 5152 Higher education college

Shetland

North Atlantic Fisheries College Shetland, ZE1 0UN www.nafc.ac.uk 01595 880 328

Higher education college

Shetland College

Shetland, ZE1 OYB

www.shetland.uhi.ac.uk 01595 771 000 Higher education college

South Ayrshire

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Ayr, KA8 0SX

www.sruc.ac.uk/ayr 01292 866 196 University

Higher education college

University of the West of Scotland

Higher education college

Motherwell College

www.uws.ac.uk 01292 886 000

www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk 01413 329 969

Inverness College UHI

www.motherwell.ac.uk 01698 232 323

Higher education college

www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk 01463 273 000

University

Glasgow College of Building & Printing Glasgow, G1 2BP

Glasgow College of Food Technology

Dingwall, IV15 9HA www.htc.uhi.ac.uk 01349 780 000

Inverness, IV1 1SA

Higher education college

Glasgow, G1 2TG

Lews Castle College

Higher education college

www.lews.uhi.ac.uk 01851 770 000

www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk 01412 715 100

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies Glasgow, G5 9XB

www.glasgow-nautical.ac.uk 01415 666 222

Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR Higher education college

North Highland College Thurso, KW14 7EE

www.northhighland.uhi.ac.uk 01847 889 000

Motherwell, ML1 2DD Higher education college

Orkney Islands Orkney College UHI Kirkwall, KW15 1LX

www.orkney.uhi.ac.uk 01856 569 000

Higher education college

Perth College

Perth, PH1 2NX

www.perth.uhi.ac.uk 01738 877 000

Higher education college

Ayr, KA8 0SX University

South Lanarkshire University of the West of Scotland

Hamilton, ML3 0JB www.uws.ac.uk 01698 283 100 University

Stirling

Stirling University Stirling, FK9 4LA www.stir.ac.uk 01786 473 171 University

Higher education college

Higher education college

Glasgow School of Art

Sabhal Mor Ostaig

www.gsa.ac.uk 01413 534 500

www.smo.uhi.ac.uk 01471 888 000

Higher education college

Higher education college

International Christian College

The University of the Highlands and Islands

University

Reid Kerr College

Clydebank College Dunbarton Campus

www.icc.ac.uk 01415 524 040

www.uhi.ac.uk 01463 279 000

www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk 01415 812 222

www.clydebank.ac.uk 03006 006 060

Glasgow, G3 6RQ

Glasgow, G4 0RD

Higher education college

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Isle of Skye, IV44 8RQ

Inverness, IV3 5SQ University

Renfrewshire University of the West of Scotland Paisley, PA1 2BE www.uws.ac.uk 01418 483 000

Paisley, PA3 4DR

Higher education college

West Dunbartonshire Clydebank College Clydebank, G81 1NX

www.clydebank.ac.uk 01419 527 771

Higher education college

Clydebank, G81 1BF

Higher education college

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DIRECTORY West Lothian

Institute for System Level Integration Glasgow, G12 8QQ www.isli.ac.uk 01315 100 670 University

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Broxburn, EH52 6NH

www.sruc.ac.uk/oatridge 01506 864 800 Higher education college

West Lothian College Livingston, EH54 7EP

Queen’s University Belfast Belfast, BT7 1NN

University of Ulster Magee Campus

South Regional College Newry Model Campus

University

www.ulster.ac.uk 02870 123 456

www.nkifhe.ac.uk 02830 261 071

www.qub.ac.uk 02890 245 133

St Mary’s University College

County Down

Higher education college

Armagh, BT61 7HN

www.stmarys-belfast.ac.uk 02890 327 678

Stranmillis University College

www.belfastinstitute.ac.uk 02890 265 000 Higher education college

Castlereagh College Belfast, BT6 9JD

www.belfastmet.ac.uk 02890 797 144

Higher education college

Northern Regional College Ballymena Campus Ballymena, BT43 7DF www.nrc.ac.uk 02825 652 871

Higher education college

Northern Regional College Ballymoney Campus Ballymoney, BT53 6BP www.nrc.ac.uk 02827 660 401

Higher education college

Northern Regional College Coleraine Campus Coleraine, BT52 1QA www.nrc.ac.uk 02870 354 717

Higher education college

www.swc.ac.uk 02866 322 556

Belfast, BT7 1JT

Higher education college

University of Ulster Belfast Campus Belfast, BT15 1ED www.ulster.ac.uk 02870 123 456 University

University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus

Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB www.ulster.ac.uk 02870 123 456 University

County Armagh

02844 615 815

Enniskillen, BT74 6AE

Downpatrick, BT30 6ND Higher education college

South Regional College Armagh Campus Armagh, BT61 7HF www.nkifhe.ac.uk 02837 512 820

Higher education college

South Regional College Armagh Station Campus Armagh, BT61 7NP www.nkifhe.ac.uk 02837 525 094

Higher education college

South Regional College Banbridge Campus

www.nkifhe.ac.uk 02838 397 777

www.nkifhe.ac.uk 02838 397 700

Banbridge, BT32 4AY

Higher education college

Higher education college

County Derry

South Regional College Kilkeel Campus

Limavady, BT49 0EX

www.nkifhe.ac.uk 02841 762 582

Limavady College www.limavady.ac.uk 02877 762 334

Higher education college

Newry, BT34 4BH

Higher education college

North West Institute

South Regional College Lurgan Campus

www.nwrc.ac.uk 02871 276 000

www.nkifhe.ac.uk 02838 397 800

Londonderry, BT48 7AL Higher education college

Craigavon, BT66 6AZ Higher education college

www.nrc.ac.uk 02879 632 462

www.nkifhe.ac.uk 02830 261 071

Magherafelt, BT45 6AE

Newry, BT34 2QX

Higher education vollege

Higher education college

Higher education college

Northern Regional College Newtownabbey Campus

University of Ulster Coleraine Campus

South Regional College Newry East/West Campus

www.nrc.ac.uk 02890 855 000

www.ulster.ac.uk 02870 344 141

www.nkifhe.ac.uk 02830 261 071

Coleraine, BT52 1SA University

Enniskillen, BT74 7BT Higher education college

South Regional College Portadown Campus Craigavon, BT63 5BL

Higher education college

East Down Institute of Further Education

www.nrc.ac.uk 02890 855 066

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www.cafre.ac.uk 02866 344 853

Higher education college

www.cafre.ac.uk 02894 426 666

South Regional College Newry Campus

Higher education vollege

Enniskillen, BT74 4GF

Fermanagh College East Bridge Street Campus

Northern Regional College (Magherafelt Campus)

Newtonabbey, BT37 9RS

College of Agriculture

Antrim, BT41 4PS

College of Agriculture and Horticulture

Northern Regional College Larne Campus Larne, BT40 1SQ

County Fermanagh

University

www.stran.ac.uk 02890 381 271

Northern Ireland Belfast, BT1 6DJ

www.src.ac.uk 02837 512 205

Higher education college

Belfast, BT9 5DY

www.union.ac.uk 02890 205 080

Belfast Institute of Further Education

Armagh College

Newry, BT34 6JG

Higher education college

The Union Theological College

County Antrim

University

Belfast, BT12 6FE

www.west-lothian.ac.uk 01506 418 181 Higher education college

Londonderry, BT48 7JL

Newry, BT35 8DN

Higher education college

Fermanagh College Fairview Campus www.swc.ac.uk 02866 322 431

Higher education college

Fermanagh College Skills Centre Enniskillen, BT74 4EJ www.swc.ac.uk 02866 322 072

Higher education college

County Tyrone

College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Cookstown, BT80 9AA www.cafre.ac.uk 02886 768 101

Higher education college

South West College Dungannon Campus Dungannon, BT71 6BQ www.swc.ac.uk 0845 603 1881

Higher education college

South West College Omagh Campus Omagh, BT79 7AH www.swc.ac.uk 0845 603 1881

Higher education college

Wales

Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire College Llanelli, SA15 4DN

www.colegsirgar.ac.uk 01554 748 000

Higher education college

Trinity College Carmarthen Carmarthen, SA31 3EP www.trinity-cm.ac.uk 01267 676 767

Higher education college

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DIRECTORY Ceredigion

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardigan, SA43 1AB

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Coleg Menai Friars Campus

www.cardiffmet.ac.uk 02920 416 015

www.rwcmd.ac.uk 02920 342 854

www.menai.ac.uk 01248 370 125

Coleg Ceredigion

www.ceredigion.ac.uk 01239 612 032

Higher education college

University of Aberystwyth Aberystwyth, SY23 2AX www.aber.ac.uk 01970 623 111 University

University of Wales Trinity Saint David Cardigan, SA48 7ED www.uwtsd.ac.uk 03005 005 054 University

Denbighshire Coleg Llandrillo

Colwyn Bay, LL28 4HZ www.llandrillo.ac.uk 01492 546 666

Higher education college

Deeside College

Deeside, CH5 4BR

www.cambria.ac.uk 01244 831 531 Higher education college

Glyndwr University Wrexham, LL11 2AW www.glyndwr.ac.uk 01978 290 666 University

Llandrillo College

Colwyn Bay, LL28 4HZ www.llandrillo.ac.uk 01492 546 666

Higher education college

Llysfasi College Ruthin, LL15 2LB

www.cambria.ac.uk 01978 790 263 Higher education college

North East Wales Institute Wrexham, LL11 2AW www.newi.ac.uk 01978 290 666

Higher education college

Welsh College of Horticulture Mold, CH7 6AA

www.cambria.ac.uk 01352 841 000 Higher education college

Yale College

Cardiff, CF5 2YB University

Cardiff University Cardiff, CF10 3XQ www.cardiff.ac.uk 02920 874 000 University

Coleg Morgannwg Aberdare Campus Aberdare, CF44 8ST

www.morgannwg.ac.uk 01685 887 500

Higher education college

University of South Wales Pontypridd, CF37 1DL

www.southwales.ac.uk 0845 576 0101 University

University of Wales Cardiff, CF10 3NS www.wales.ac.uk 02920 382 656

Higher education college

University

Coleg Morgannwg Nantgarw Campus

University of Wales College of Medicine

www.pontypridd.ac.uk 01443 662 800

www.uwcm.ac.uk 02920 747 747

Cardiff, CF15 7QY

Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Higher education college

University

Coleg Morgannwg Rhondda Campus

University of Wales Newport

Tonypandy, CF40 2TQ www.cymoedd.ac.uk 01443 663 202

Higher education college

Gwent Tertiary College Usk, NP15 1XJ

www.gwent-tertiary.ac.uk 01495 333 333 Higher education college

Newport, NP18 3QT www.newport.ac.uk 01633 430 088

Neath, SA10 7RF www.nptc.ac.uk 01639 648 000

Higher education college

Swansea, SA2 8PP www.swan.ac.uk 01792 205 678 University

Bridgend, CF31 4DX

Higher education college

Ystrad Mynach College Hengoed, CF82 7XR

www.ystrad-mynach.ac.uk 01443 816 888 Higher education college

Llangefni, LL77 7HY www.menai.ac.uk 01248 383 348

Higher education college

Coleg Menai Parc Menai Campus Bangor, LL57 4BN www.menai.ac.uk 01248 370 125

Higher education college

Bangor, LL57 2DG University

Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire College Haverfordwest, SA61 1SZ

www.pembrokeshire.ac.uk 01437 753 000 Higher education college

Powys

Regent Trebinshun Brecon, LD3 7PX

www.trebinshunhouse.co.uk 01874 730 653 Higher education college

Harlech, LL46m 2PU

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Higher education college

www.uwtsd.ac.uk 01792 481 000

Higher education college

Neath and Port Talbot College Afan Campus Port Talbot, SA13 2AL www.nptcgroup.ac.uk 01639 882 107

Higher education college

Neath, SA10 6JD

Coleg Harlech

www.harlech.ac.uk 01766 780 363

www.llandrillo.ac.uk 01341 422 827

Swansea, SA2 8PP

Dolgellau, LL40 2SW

Swansea University

Higher education college

www.swansea.ac.uk 01792 205 678

Coleg Menai Bangor Campus

University

Bangor, LL57 2TP www.menai.ac.uk 01248 370 125

Cardiff and Vale College

Neath and Port Talbot College Pontardawe Centre

Coleg Menai Caernarfon Campus

www.cavc.ac.uk 01446 725 000

www.nptcgroup.ac.uk 01639 648 100

www.menai.ac.uk 01286 673 450

Higher education college

Swansea, SA1 6ED University

Higher education college

Swansea, SA8 4EN

Swansea

Coleg Meirion Dwyfor

Higher education college

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Coleg Menai Llangefni Campus

www.nptcgroup.ac.uk 01639 648 120

Higher education college

Higher education college

Higher education college

Gwynedd

Swansea, SA6 8QT

www.nptcgroup.ac.uk 01639 648 720

Barry, CF62 8YJ

www.menai.ac.uk 01407 765 755

Neath and Port Talbot Building Crafts Centre

Neath and Port Talbot College Llandarcy Campus

Monmouthshire

Holyhead, LL65 1UW

www.bangor.ac.uk 01248 351 151

www.west.org.uk 01656 645 411

Neath Port Talbot College

Coleg Menai Holyhead Campus

University of Wales Swansea

www.merthyr.ac.uk 01685 726 000

Higher education college

Higher education college

University of Wales Bangor

Merthyr Tydfil College Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1AR

Bangor, LL57 2TP

University

Wales Evangelical School of Theology

Wrexham, LL12 7AB www.cambria.co.uk 01978 311 794

Cardiff, CF10 3ER

Caernarfon, LL55 2NN Higher education college

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