Understanding courses, universities and the UCAS process

  • Selecting the right course at the right university will be one of the most important decisions your child faces in shaping their future and you will want to help them every step of the way.

    This guide includes advice and information on:

    • Types of universities
    • Types of courses
    • Open days
    • League tables
    • Tuition and maintenance loans 
    • Learning difficulties and entitlements 
    • UCAS and the application process


    This guide forms part of The Parents' Guide to University  -  Full edition

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Wherever we refer to ‘parents’ we mean ‘parents and carers.’ This includes grandparents, older siblings or any other  person with significant caring responsibilities for children.