Higher Education Support

The following links will provide you with information and guidance on choosing a Higher Education pathway.

These are updated throughout the academic year and are there to assist students and their parents with the many facets and complexities of Higher Education so that when the time comes, students are fully supported and prepared for the next stage in their progression.

Students may find the following resources useful:


Student Finance

What University? What Course?

  • UK Coursefinder– a 10 minute questionnaire to help you decide on a degree course
  • What Uni– a website to help you search for courses, course reviews and it also allows you to compare your shortlist of options
  • Bestcourse4me– allows you to see the likely lifetime earnings after following a particular degree path, amongst other things

Information for Oxbridge Candidates


Many universities and colleges offer their own scholarships and bursaries but these are very oversubscribed. So it’s worthwhile thinking outside the box.

Gap Year Opportunities

There are a number of gap year organisations in the UK.  We have listed a small selection below, depending on your particular interest.

Outdoor Activities/Sport Opportunities

  • Ski le Gap– ski Instructor Training in Canada
  • PGL– outdoor Activities Instructing in the UK and abroad
  • Projects Abroad– improve your skills in a range of sports and pass on your knowledge and passion to children in the developing world
  • Best Gap Year– information and links for a range of sport related gap year opportunities

Subject Related Opportunities

  • The Global Adventure Safaris– Volunteer for medical placements in Tanzania and have a unique opportunity to learn about the culture, people and language of the country while gaining hospital work experience.
  • Gap Medics– overseas hospital work experience for budding doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists
  • YINI– short and long term placements for students interested in science, engineering, IT, business, marketing, finance and logistics

Work with Animals

  • PoD– offering 1 week to 6 month placements available around the world
  • Smaller Earth– lion rehabilitation in Zimbabwe

 Work with Children/Teaching

  • PoD– offering 1 week to 6 month placements available around the world
  • Smaller Earth– work as an Au Pair in China or Spain
  • PGL– outdoor Activities Instructing in the UK and abroad


  • Raleigh International– sustainability projects to improve communities worldwide
  • Kaya Volunteer– volunteer opportunities in environmental and conservation research, building projects, teaching and education, wildlife conservation, community development, child care, sports coaching
  • African Impact– marine and land conservation opportunities in Africa

Paid Work

The following links provide useful information to support your son/daughter into Higher Education:

For Parents