Information for Parents and Guardians

If your young person is considering going into Higher Education they may have been discussing how to go about their research, and you may have lots of questions to ask.

At Keele University we understand the important part that you play in helping your son or daughter chose the university and course that is best for them. While it is no doubt an exciting time, the amount of information, documentation and choices that are involved in sending your child to university means it is easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. 

The introduction of tuition fees, and concern over student debt, has understandably made students and their families ask whether going into higher education is the right option. There is, reassuringly, still evidence that graduates (students who have obtained an undergraduate degree) are in a stronger position than non-graduates when it comes to employment and earning potential, in addition to the social and personal benefits over a lifetime.

As your young person starts researching their Higher Education choices, there are a number of factors to consider. These can be grouped under the following headings and their school/college will support them with where to find the information and how to create a shortlist of institutions.

  • Type of institution
  • Type of course and subject choice                                                                                    ‌
  • Entry requirements
  • Reputation/League tables
  • Other facilities
  • Student finance ‘package’

Students can start researching their course choices through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and this will show the entry requirements for each course.