Why choose higher education?
Entering higher education will give you the opportunity to study your chosen subject and increase your knowledge, but there are other benefits too:
- Improve your earning potential
According to UCAS, the average salary for graduates aged between 25 and 30 was 30% higher than those without a degree.
- Build essential life skills
Studying at university allows you to improve your communication, motivation and leadership skills. It will also allow you to gain confidence, learn to manage your time and solve problems. These are all skills that will improve your career and life prospects.
- Gain independence
Studying at university will give you the chance to invest in yourself, meet new people and broaden your horizons.
- Personal achievement
Studying at university is a life-changing and enriching experience. After studying hard for three years or more, you will feel an enormous sense of achievement.
What course should I choose?
In the UK there are more than 50,000 courses in over 25 subject areas to choose from.
In addition to your choice of subject, you also need to consider:
- Type of course
You can choose to study full-time or part-time, or even opt for distance learning through a course run by the Open University where you can study from home.
Part-time and distance learning are good options if you have other responsibilities such as work, raising a family or caring.
- Where to study
Many universities will offer courses in the subject you are interested in, however they will all be slightly different at each university. Tuition fees can vary and are set by the university or college. In Wales, tuition fees have been capped at £9,000 per year but in other parts of the UK you could be charged up to £9,250 per year for a full-time undergraduate course.
Funding your studies
Students entering higher education from September 2018 can apply for grants and loans to help with living costs and a loan to help with tuition fees. You might also be eligible for extra support such as a Childcare Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance, Adult Dependants’ Grant or Disabled Students’ Allowances.
Student Finance Wales offers a new package of support for all new full and part-time students from Wales who are starting an undergraduate course in 2018. Find out more about funding available for Welsh students.
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Don't let money get in the way of university
From September 2018, new full and part-time undergraduates will get comprehensive support to help fund their day-to-day living costs during term time, regardless of where in the UK you choose to study.