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The beginning of the new school year means that university applications are right around the corner. And for students this means it’s decision time. But fortunately there’s no need for you to panic as has all information you need to make sure that these decisions are right ones for you.
What should I be doing now? (Yr 13)
Summer’s now over, and as the memories of holidays abroad and music festivals begin to fade along with your tan, it’s time to get serious about your UCAS application. As of mid-September 2011 students have been able to send in their UCAS applications and for those of you applying to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine/science, or those applying to Oxford or Cambridge, you should be putting the finishing touches on to your applications because they need to be submitted by the 15th of October.
For the rest of you, although the UCAS application deadline isn’t until the 15th of January, you shouldn’t be waiting around until the last minute to apply. Universities are already accepting applications, and once they’ve got enough good applications to fill the spaces available they may stop considering new ones. To put it simply, an early application maximises your chances of getting the place you want, so why wait around?
For those of you unsure what career options your chosen course will offer you, can show you all of the career prospects that your degree will offer you. Or do you already have your heart set on a particular career but aren’t quite sure what you need to be studying to get your dream job? In that case can help you work backwards from where to want to end up in order to guide you to where you need to be going next. Then again, maybe you've got the choice of subject and favourite uni done and dusted, but you want to know whether you're really who they're looking for? Yup, you guessed it: can tell you the A levels of actual students at each course.

What should I be doing now? (Yr 12)
Okay, so realistically you don’t have to make any lasting decisions about your university choices just yet, but it’s never too early to start thinking about these decisions. Because as quickly as you can say “personal statement”, a year will have passed and you'll be filling in your UCAS application.
But how to pick the right course? There are a number of ways to decide what subject you want to study at uni. You can pick the subject that you enjoy the most, or the one that you’re best at. You can study something new that you’ve always wanted to try-perhaps there’s a subject that you want to study that your school didn’t offer. Another option is that you can pick a course that leads to a specific career you want to pursue. Whatever’s the most important factor to you in this decision, can help you make the right choice for you.

Did you know? 
Despite the concerns over the rise in tuition fees, it seems that a university degree still retains a great deal of value. Statistics have shown that the average graduate earns around 23.5% more than a graduate with A levels only. Go to to find out more.

Labour promise to reduce the tuition fee cap

Labour leader Ed Milliband has announced that a labour government would cut the maximum fee for university students by a third, reducing them to £6,000. He plans to pay for this reduction by reversing the planned tax cuts for the banks, and by asking graduates earning over £65,000 a year to pay a higher rate of interest on their student loans.


Concerns over A Level Marking

A number of head teachers at leading schools across the country have criticised the integrity of the current exam system, voicing concerns that erratic marking could cost students their university place. Clarissa Farr, headmistress of St Pauls school in London, said that “The level of remarks, which is higher than in previous years, seems to reveal and incredible level of unreliability of initial marking. The appalling inaccuracies of so much first time marking calls into question the credibility of the whole exam system”.

Students Rate Higher Education

According to this year’s National Student Survey, 83% of students studying at higher education institutions and further education colleges said that they were satisfied with their courses. This means that in each of the seven categories covered by the survey, satisfaction has either stayed the same as 2010 or improved.