The following resources might be useful if you are considering university as an option for the future.  The very best website to use is the UCAS website, which has a lot of information about making decisions about higher education and the UCAS application process, as well as having the facility to search for universities and courses.


If you are considering your post-16 option choices, the  Russell Group’s Informed Choices website can help you to identify possible pathways with your chosen combination of subjects.

Russell Group Informed Choices

The guides below give some helpful information about what university life involves, and why you might want to consider higher education.

Birmingham University Junior Prospectus

Exeter University guide to HE

Exeter University guide to university

Don’t understand any of the terminology?  The guide below might be useful!

Exeter University Jargon Buster

The guide below explains the difference between campus and city universities.

Royal Holloway campus or city

Which subject should you study?  The following guides from UCAS are really useful.

UCAS subject guides

What factors should you take into consideration when deciding which university to choose?

UCAS making choices

Which choosing a university guide

UCAS questions about higher education

If you want a way of capturing or summarising your research about particular universities, the resources below might help.

University research

The articles and resources below might help you if you are starting to write your personal statement.

UCAS personal statement worksheet

Writing your personal statement

Sussex University personal statement tips

Surrey University personal statement tips

The Guardian: how to write a personal statement

Goldsmith’s University: how to write a personal statement

How to structure your personal statement

York University: how to write a personal statement

Durham University personal statement tips

The  videos below gives some great tips and “dos” and “don’ts”

The information below explains the UCAS tariff system.

The UCAS tariff


Apprenticeship fact sheet

Searching for apprenticeships in the local area

Apprenticeship providers

Amazing Apprenticeships

Search for current apprenticeship vacancies using the government search tool:

Search for apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships

UCAS guide to degree apprenticeships

Writing CVs

When you apply for a part-time or full-time job, it is often helpful to submit a CV or “Curriculum Vitae” as part of the application process.  Your CV summarises your qualifications, skills and experiences and is a way of demonstrating that you have an appropriate set of skills for the job that you are applying for.

The following web-sites give suggestions about how to write an effective CV and covering letter.

Guidance from Kent University

Guidance from Sheffield University

Guidance from Leicester University

Tips for writing CVs

Guidance from Edinburgh Univeristy

Guidance from Manchester University

Student Job Tips

In addition, the template and example below from Barclays’ Life Skills materials are also helpful.

Barclays chronological CV template

Barclays example of chronological CV

Preparing for an interview

Whether you are applying for a part-time job, a place in the sixth form, or an apprenticeship, it is always a good idea to prepare carefully for your interview.  The following web-sites and resources give some top tips and advice about how to present yourself effectively in an interview situation.

Interview Check List

Preparing for Interviews

Interview Guidance

Advice about Interviews

Guidance from Leicester University

Interview Questions

Preparing for an interview

Typical job interview questions

You might find it useful to have a look at some of the web-sites below to find out what sort of questions you are likely be asked at a job interview.

Job Interview Questions, Answers and Tips

Job Interview Tips for Teens

Typical Interview Questions

Most Common Interview Questions

WikiJob – Interview Questions

The Muse – 31 Most Common Interview Questions

Glassdoor – 50 Most Common Interview Questions

Tests at interviews

For some apprenticeship programmes, you might be asked to complete a series of tests to assess your skills.  Try the tests below and see how you get on!

Sample numerical comprehension tests

Sample verbal comprehension tests

Sample verbal reasoning tests