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Applying to HE

Applying to HE

Applying for a Higher Education course at a university or college can seem like a daunting prospect. Where do I start? Who can I talk to? There is so much choice and information to take in.  Don’t panic. If you take some time and take the advice and support out there to help, the process is manageable to minimize your stress levels.

Step 1

Research. Picking the right courses and the right providers is the most important thing to get right. Spend some time researching courses and going to Open Days. Resources to help you do this include:

  • UCAS
    Packed full of information, videos and help guides including the essential Course and Open Day search tools and virtual tours. You apply and track your application via this site too.
  • Unistats
  • Which? University
  • The Guardian - Student pages
  • What Uni.com
  • Teachers, tutors, family, careers officers, employers
  • Literature - prospectuses, course booklets, check the careers section of newspapers

Step 2

Apply Now. For all full time degrees and HNC/D’s you need to apply through UCAS. If you are already studying a degree at City College Norwich and are applying for a top up degree or applying for a part time option, you can apply directly using the general application form.

Step 3

Track. Watch for the offers and decisions to come in through the Track section of the UCAS site. Once all offers have been made by the universities and colleges you have chosen, you can select your first and second choice.

Step 4

Results. For most qualifications, UCAS receives the exam results as soon as they are published so that the places you have applied to can confirm whether or not you have a place. You will be able to see this on the Track section. If you do not get the results you hoped, you can still go to Higher Education – check the UCAS Results page for more information on your options.

For further help and advice

Check out the Advice Shop’s Applying to HE guides

Our You Tube videos

And finally check out the helpful frequently asked questions page on UCAS all about the application process.