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Universities and colleges not only have a key educational role, but provide graduates with the skills that businesses need to thrive.
They also are important businesses in their own right with commercialisation of IP and the creation of spin-out companies – as well as having a huge economic impact for the wider economy running into billions of pounds.
Here leading universities and colleges from Plymouth and across the UK, including Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester Metropolitan and Derby, give their views on the quality of the students they are attracting, as well how they engage with the business community. They also give advice to anyone thinking of going enrolling.

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Name of University: City College Plymouth

Number of students: 3,949 (all students)
Undergraduates: 772 (students studying higher education courses)
Postgraduate:
Total income (student fees, research income, donations etc):
Total income = £3.2million
Q In general what is the quality of students coming to you from schools (UK), touching on both strengths and weaknesses?
Phil Davies, Principal and Chief Executive …
The key issue for me is that both nationally and locally far too many young people leave school unaware of the range of choices that are available to them. Of course this is particularly acute at the most critical time: when choosing the most appropriate route for their chosen career. Apprenticeships, technical and professional education and training, A Levels, university … the choices available can sometimes be both confusing and daunting for a 16 year old as they prepare to take the next step towards their future job.
The underlying problem remains that that there is still inadequate careers advice and guidance available to these young people and their parents at what is one of the most critical stages in a young person’s life. Recent research by the Association of Colleges has shown that young people get most of their careers advice from their parents and teachers, rather than from professionally trained and independent careers guidance specialists. This has been recognised as a major concern by Ofsted. The Government also recognises that this is an issue of national significance, announcing new legislation to ensure that schools will in future allow other providers of education and training to talk to their pupils about what is on offer. To address some of these problems we need a comprehensive plan to educate and inform young people, parents/carers, employers and school staff. Technical and professional education needs to be a valued first choice option for all young people.
The Association of Colleges believes that this needs to start now and should include both new and old forms of media with employers giving their support to the plans. This must run alongside a comprehensive and engaging system of careers education information, advice and guidance starting at primary school to help young people make more informed choices.
Q How closely do you work with businesses/employers to ensure your graduates have the skills they need?
Pauline Hands, Director of Marketing, Corporate Relations and Enterprise …
City College Plymouth aligns itself with employers, business organisations and strategic bodies to ensure that our curriculum is reflective of the needs of both our City and region. With this in mind, we use a variety of mediums to garner this intelligence, including sector meetings and events, ensuring that our engagement is far reaching and inclusive of sole traders, micro businesses, SMEs and large corporates.
Our Employer Advisory Boards meet twice yearly and allow a flow of communication between the relevant sector and curriculum areas. This information is crucial for the continuous development and delivery of our training and skills, ensuring our students have the necessary skills to be effective in the workplace. Furthermore, our Employer Partnership Scheme recognises businesses that have engaged with our organisation for a wide variety of needs, not only training, but providing crucial guest speaker slots to ensure that students receive an insight into their chosen field, valuable work experience which all our full-time students are required to undertake and general counsel; our purpose is to prepare students for the world of work so that they have an immediate impact on a business and, ultimately, the economic success of our City and beyond.
Working strategically across our region, the College is able to benefit from being part of initiatives from an early stage, thereby being able to affect and help shape the future of our City. This is never more relevant than with the build of our Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) – due to open in September 2017. Over 200 employers and business organisations were consulted regarding the needs of the City and wider region, not just immediate needs but also looking to future proof the training needs in these crucial STEM areas for the next five to ten years.
With the refocus of Apprenticeships, the College (rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and placed first in the South West* for its Apprenticeship provision) aims to work with employers to ensure that we are delivering frameworks and standards that are relevant; this work also ensures that we place students in businesses for longevity and correct fit, therefore allowing both the employer and employee to benefit from this union.
Although naturally very outward facing and ensuring that the College meets the needs of employers and businesses, we also look inwardly into our own sector to ensure that our vision and purpose is clear; this reflection allows us to work with our colleagues across the UK, as well as internationally, to make change in an ever-changing workplace and to share good practice … an essential piece of the jigsaw ensuring we are aligned to business and industry needs.
Q What advice would you give any youngster thinking of going to university?
Mike Jones, Employability and Enterprise Manager …
For young people the decision of what to do once they reach the end of their compulsory education can be a difficult one. For many, going to university will be a major consideration, the idea of studying at higher education and achieving a degree is really appealing. With current changes to the education system it is important that before you commit to your decision that you have considered all the options.
The university landscape is highly populated and can be confusing. If university is something you are considering it is important that you do your research. Your university degree should support your career ambitions, speak to industry professionals and find out what degrees they recognise and ones they would not. The majority of degrees last three years, so make sure you are on the right one. University is not cheap; make sure you are doing something that you can use.
However, it is not just about the right course. Where you study should also be a major factor. Your university will be your home for the next few years so make sure you like it. There are around 130 universities and university colleges in the UK. Once you have identified what you are going to study take time to visit them. Universities will often have several open days a year, giving you the chance to see first-hand the facilities and learn about university life. Find out about what you can do alongside your degree to make the most of your time at university.
Before going to university it is also a good idea to consider the alternatives. University education is highly recognised and in some industries a minimum requirement, however, changes to Apprenticeships with the introduction of levels 4, 5 and 6, provides individuals with an alternative route to a career, while gaining a higher education qualification. Alternatively, many industries may recruit a junior position and provide industry recognised training and development, up to level 7.
If you are really unsure speak to a Careers Advisor, they will be able to guide you on making the right decision for your future and your career.
Name of University: Plymouth College of Art

Number of students:
Pre Degree: 500
Undergraduate: 1228
Postgraduates: 32
Total income (student fees, research income, donations etc): £14,902,000
Breakdown on students
EU Students: 45
Overseas: 9
Q In general what is the quality of students coming to you from schools (UK), touching on both strengthens and weaknesses?
As a specialist arts institution, we’re lucky in that we get to interview students and see their portfolios, so gain a great understanding of their creative practice and influences from both an academic and personal perspective. A real strength is the diversity we see in these, covering different cultures, experiences and viewpoints; giving us the chance to select students who are independent thinkers, prepared to push and break boundaries, and who can contribute to the creative ethos and community at Plymouth College of Art, before going on to work across sectors, and use their unique skill set to transform ways of working and thinking, and enrich our culture.As arts provision appears to be declining in schools, we’d value seeing more acknowledgment of the opportunities a creative education can bring, and for students to be proud and confident of their chosen pathway. Their passion for the subject needs to be apparent, as do their aspirations for personal growth and development, as these will ultimately drive change and allow the creative industries to flourish.
Q How closely do you work with businesses/employers to ensure your graduates have the skills they need?
Our engagement with businesses and industry professionals is central to all Plymouth College of Art programmes and is a core component in driving the delivery of a high quality, industry relevant curriculum.Plymouth College of Art’s work with businesses and industry professionals is embedded from the very outset and supports the shaping of curriculum to ensure it has currency, but also that it takes into consideration the developmental agendas within the sector related to the workforce needs of the future that can be addressed or supported within the education arena. Our relationships with businesses are further cemented through the development and delivery of live briefs across all curriculum areas, which exposes students to real world experiences with real world employers as their clients. The feedback provided from employers within the context of a live brief is invaluable to students and helps shape their technical formation and industry understanding.In addition to this Plymouth College of Art offers an extensive range of opportunities through our Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship programme (3E’s) which acts as an enhancement to the curriculum. This includes masterclasses with industry speakers, support for business start ups including mentoring from employers, and access to online tools and resources that help to build core skills. We believe this work is so critical to the student experience and employers, in terms of ensuring our graduates have the necessary skills, that our students are engaged in these activities from the moment they walk through the door and throughout their studies.We recognise the importance of continued support beyond graduation and so offer an Alumni Association service. This support is multifaceted but includes continued engagement with employers through an Agency that generates paid project opportunities, recent graduate talks to provide an insight into the industry and a bursary programme funded by The Plymouth College of Art Charitable Trust to support internship and placement opportunities.
Our graduates go on to become Creative Directors for Apple, tour the world photographing rock stars, shoot film for the BBC, and create visual effects for Marvel blockbusters.
The benefits of these business and industry engagement activities are manifest in our graduates who are characterised by their problem solving, innovation and resilience skills which they deploy within the workplace and sector more widely.
Q What advice would you give to any youngster thinking of going to university?
“A good university experience should accelerate both individual capability and develop a curiosity for lifelong learning. For creative subjects, this means looking for a study programme that will encourage ambition and innovation, supported by plenty of professional opportunities along the way.” – Paul Fieldsend-Danks, Associate Dean, Art, Plymouth College of Art.
STUDENT PROFILES
Luke David Sims, BA (Hons) Film, Plymouth College of Art
Name: Luke David Sims
Where you live and your age: I’m currently living in Plymouth, and I’m 25
What are you studying, and when do you graduate: I’ve actually just finished my course in BA (Hons) Film with a first.
Are you going on to further study?: I think, if I do a Masters (which I’ve considered) it’ll be in a few years time.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: The freedom to grow, the chance to learn, and the ability to really contribute. I’d like to be able to thrive and continue developing my skills, whilst also being able to share the knowledge and experience I have.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I love that employers/companies are starting to become less suit and tie focussed and more about the actual work. I hope things continue to move in that direction. I imagine the workplace will continue to evolve into something more self-run by people. Individuals or small companies making their own opportunities. If I’m lucky enough to do what I love as a job, I imagine I’ll never stop.
Jake Williams, BA (Hons) Illustration, Plymouth College of Art
Name: Jake WilliamsWhere you live and your age: Plymouth, 22What are you studying, and when do you graduate: BA (Hons) Illustration, Summer 2017Are you going on to further study?: No current plans for further studyWhat will you be looking for from your first employer?: I’d love to work in an exciting fast paced creative environment or work freelance alongside an agent to assist with acquiring and managing commissions.You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I think the workplace will be quite different, I believe there will be an even greater diversity of project, media and styles. I think the trends will be completely different and something unpredictable and fresh. I would love to still be creating illustration in 2050 as it’s something I’m passionate about and really enjoy.
Penny Chan, BA (Hons) Fashion Media & Marketing, Plymouth College of Art
Name: Penny ChanWhere you live and your age: Plymouth & London, 22What are you studying, and when do you graduate: Fashion Media Marketing, graduating this summerAre you going on to further study?: NoWhat will you be looking for from your first employer?: Fun and respectful workplace!You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I hope that men and women will be getting an equal salary and yes I do hope to still be working!Alice Shilling, BA (Hons) Costume Production and Associated Crafts, Plymouth College of Art
Name: Alice Rose ShillingWhere you live and your age: I live in cornwall and I am 22 years old.What are you studying, and when do you graduate: BA (Hons) Costume Production and Associated Crafts and graduate this year.Are you going on to further study?: Unless I decide to go into teaching later on down the line, I will not be going on to further study.What will you be looking for from your first employer?: From my first employer I will be looking to put my skills learnt during my degree into practice in a professional environment. I would like my employer to help me expand on these skills and pay me a fair wage.You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: Sadly I think our generation will be working till we drop if things carry on the same. I think in the field I want to work in, everyone will be freelance; but I hope the creative arts world will grow and expand even more by 2050, allowing lots of collaboration across the arts to create new and exciting things!
Anna Boast, BA (Hons) Fashion, Plymouth College of Art
Name: Anna BoastWhere you live and your age: Plymouth 21What are you studying, and when do you graduate: BA (Hons) Fashion, and I graduate this year.Are you going on to further study?: No. Hopefully at some point in the future.What will you be looking for from your first employer?: I already have my first job and start next week in London. I am looking for them to introduce me to the industry and mentor/ guide and teach me new skills and develop me as a person and my confidence.You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?:
Aston University

Number of students: 15,424
Undergraduate: 11,132 (plus 205 foundation degree students)
Postgraduate: 4,087
Total income: £146.7m (for year ended July 2016)
Breakdown of students numbers:
Birmingham: 3,614
Other West Midlands: 2,031
Other UK: 5,854
EU: 1,157
Non-EU: 2,827
In general what is the quality of students coming to you from schools (UK)?
Responses from provost and deputy vice-chancellor Professor Helen Higson.
Aston is particularly known for taking on students from lower participation groups and getting them into skilled work.
The latest figures show 42% of our students are from the lowest four socio-economic classes, nine per cent higher than the sector average.
And some 94% of our students are from state schools and 61%t are in receipt of an income-based scholarship.
Many of them will be the first in their family to enter higher education.
However, a more challenging background is evidently not a barrier to success at Aston.
More than four out of five of our graduates go on to achieve a professional level job or continue into further study – the 18th highest proportion in the UK. (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide).
We do find some of our new students are lacking confidence in soft skills, such as teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills all of which are usually vital to graduate employers.
We believe a key reason for this is a lack of professional work experience – good grades are only part of the picture. To address this, we have the Aston Placement Year programme which 70% of our students participate in.
This gives them the chance not only to put their academic skills into practice but to adjust to the social dynamics and practices of the modern workplace which are harder to teach in the lecture theatre.
How closely do you work with businesses/employers to ensure your graduates have the skills they need?
We work very closely with employers to identify skills gaps. We have a dedicated careers and placements team who adopt a consultative approach with businesses to understand their needs.
There are a range of approaches we can offer, including an MBA project, a year-long student placement, a knowledge transfer partnership, or a degree apprenticeship.
Through these relationships and other internal and external data sources, we add to our bank of labour market intelligence which creates more opportunities for students and informs our degree curriculums, ensuring we are always in touch with the needs of business.
We are highly successful in establishing research projects in collaboration with industry.
For example, our knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) result in academic staff teaching the findings as case studies to our students.
The findings learned throughout the KTP go on to become part of the curriculum so there is a clear link between industry and our skilled graduates.
Bristol University

Number of students: 24,089
Undergraduates: 18,001
Postgraduates: 6,088
Total income: £553.6m
Breakdown of student numbers:
UK students: 18,785
EU students: 1,176
Other overseas students: 4,128
In general what is the quality of students coming to you from schools?
Responses from the university’s head of UK student recruitment Lucy Collins
The quality of students that we receive is fantastically high. We have got really well educated, really motivated, really bright and engaged students that start with us every year, ready to learn and embrace all that university life has to offer.
How closely do you work with businesses/employers to ensure your graduates have the skills they need?
We work really closely with businesses because we know that employability is really important for our students.
So we work with large, small, global, local organisations to feed in to the content of our degree programmes to ensure they are up to date, but also to provide internships, mock interviews, opportunities for students to really see the world of work, whilst they’re at university, and work out what they want to do next.”
What advice would you give any youngster thinking of going to university?
I think the most important thing is to think about what you want to study and where you want to study.
“What you want to study is the most important – what really excites you, motivates you, makes you look forward to learning more. What do you want to do, rather than what your teachers might want you to do, your parents, or your peers.
Then think about where you want to study. Do you want to be in the middle of a city, in a non-campus civic university.
Or do you want to go for something smaller and you’d prefer the campus model? So ‘what’ and ‘where’ are the most important things. Above all else, choose something that you’re going to look forward to learning about.
Cardiff University
Number of students: 30,676
Undergraduates: 21,903
Postgraduate: 8,773
Total income: £512m
Breakdown of student numbers:
UK: 24,904
EU 1,345
Overseas: 4,427
In general what is the quality of students coming to you from schools?
Responses from the pro vice-chancellor Karen Holford.
We recruit the brightest students from all sections of society with a particular focus on underrepresented groups, and we aim to be the university of choice for students from Wales, the rest of the UK, the EU and across the world.
Widening access at Cardiff University addresses the recruitment, retention and progression of students from a wide variety of groups traditionally under-represented in higher education.
These include people from ethnic minority groups, from disadvantaged communities, people with disabilities and those from families with no previous experience of higher education.
We do find that some students find independent study challenging, and we aim to support this transition to help undergraduates become confident, independent learners.
How closely do you work with businesses/employers to ensure your graduates have the skills they need?
We work really closely with employers through direct contact, recruitment fairs, placements, skills training, etc.
We have an extensive range of research projects and partnerships that work directly with business. We work with employers to produce work-ready students:
Cardiff offers over 250 programmes that have accreditation through more than 80 professional, statutory and regulatory bodies. These include medical, dentistry, nursing and allied health degrees as well as law, journalism and marketing. These qualifications help to make Cardiff’s researchers and graduates readily employable.
Employers recognise Cardiff as a gold mine of expertise, with over 1,500 PhD students and 800 research staff with specialist knowledge that can be transferred into the world of work.
What advice would you any youngster thinking of going to university?
Go, grasp the opportunity, and grow.
A university education gives students a whole host of life skills that go way beyond the study of a subject itself. It widens a young person’s life experience, provides a range of learning, professional and social opportunities, and helps students become more rounded, articulate, and able to forge their own path.
A university education sharpens students’ abilities to analyse and critically weigh evidence, and equips them with critical thinking, organisational, and team working skills, together with social and caring skills that are acquired through, for example, working as a volunteer.
Students do have debts to pay, but evidence suggests access to better employment opportunities and long-term higher earnings outweigh the burden of paying off a student loan.
University puts students in touch with new ideas and new people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures to broaden horizons.
Derby University

Number of students: 16,300
Number of undergraduates: 13,375
Number of postgraduate: 2,925
Total income: £152.3m ( 2016)
Breakdown on students:
UK: 15,075
EU: 615
Overseas (non EU): 610
In general what is the quality of students coming to you from schools (UK)?
Responses from vice-chancellor Kathryn Mitchell.
We have clearly published entry criteria to the university which allows us to prepare for students and embed academic support across our curricula.
Development of analytical skills is a key priority for all higher education institutions and something at Derby we focus upon throughout our degree programmes.
Moreover, many undergraduates need to develop their verbal communication skills and although this is not always representative of each cohort, self-confidence and self-efficacy are often traits which need to be worked on to support this development.
Throughout their time at the university, we work closely with all our students to ensure they are building upon core skills to support their future employment prospects.
How closely do you work with businesses/employers to ensure your graduates have the skills they need?
We focus all of our efforts on providing real-world learning and delivering degree courses which answer employers’ needs and students’ aspirations.
We offer students and graduates extensive opportunities to understand, recognise and maximise their talent throughout their time at university.
Our students combine their studies with employment opportunities, such as part-time work and placements. Across the University, we work closely with employers in a number of ways to develop an understanding of their needs and expectations of graduates as they enter the workplace.
Through our academic programmes, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed by employers and our graduates are in demand locally, nationally and globally.
What advice would you any youngster thinking of going to university?
There are three key factors in the decision making process of ‘going to university’
1. Individuals need to think carefully about why they want to go to university. Making the right choice is vital.
2. They need choose a subject discipline which they are passionate about. All university courses will enable students to develop graduate level skills but they will be studying their course for a minimum of three years, so it is important that they enjoy and get the best possible degree classification.
3. They need to make sure that the university they select is a place where they feel confident and an environment where they feel they can thrive.
For example, Derby is a ‘compact city’ where you will be known by both university staff and possible employers so there is much support but you cannot be anonymous in our university or city.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Total number of students: 30,000
In general what is the quality of students coming to you from schools (UK)?
We are one of the largest universities in the country with over 30,000 students.
We teach a large and wide diversity of subjects and we have some fantastic assets such as our new business school, our new school of arts and new student union building.
When you take all that into consideration, this attracts some of the best students across Greater Manchester and the wider UK.
Our offering in both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes means we attract students from a wide diversity of backgrounds and makes this stretch of the Oxford Road corridor a truly global part of Manchester.
We have invested heavily in our assets and recently a masterplan of our estate has been approved by the board. This will see £440m investment over the next five years. For us this isn’t about investing in buildings, but to help enable the learning and teaching environment.
How closely do you work with businesses/employers to ensure your graduates have the skills they need?
Universities are operating in a very competitive environment at the moment.
There’s more competition in the UK and internationally. So it’s important that we can deliver quality across everything and that includes delivering better outcomes for students as a consequence.
One example is around degree apprenticeships. The programmes have been created with businesses in mind. The students get a day a week teaching, a salary and they form networks with other students in related businesses, and that creates a network for them.
Our aim is to grow this number to 3,000 in the next five years and to replace some of our standard undergraduate courses with these degree apprenticeship courses.
What advice would you give any youngster thinking of going to university?
Universities still play an important role in educating young people and giving them the skills they need in the workplace. By working closely with businesses and industry, universities are able to offer a wider choice in courses.
This means there’s more options for students. We want students’ time and experience here to be one of quality – both in teaching and learning. Our advice is to come and speak to us about making the right choice.
Nottingham Trent University

Number of students: 28,664
Undergraduates: 23,113
Postgraduate (including postgraduate Research): 5,551
Breakdown of students:
UK: 24,817
EU: 653
Overseas non EU): 3,194
Total income: £258.5m in 2016
In general what is the quality of students coming to you from schools?
Responses from Professor Edward Peck, vice-chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.
We take students from hundreds of schools and colleges around the country, with 27 percent originating from the East Midlands and 17& from Nottinghamshire postcodes.
Some 25% of our current 21,276 UK undergraduate students come from homes with a mean annual income of £15,000 or less – and 23% come from black and ethnic minority communities.
Nearly 9% have three A*s at A-level or equivalent and around 17 percent possess three As at A-level or equivalent.
More than a third of our students have a vocational qualification, usually a BTEC, sometimes alongside their A-levels. So, in short, our exciting courses attract an intake that represents the academic and cultural diversity of the UK population.
How closely do you work with businesses/ employers to ensure your graduates have the skills they need?
Course teams work closely with employers (and alumni) to ensure the curriculum is relevant and up to date
We school employability managers, who are academics. working closely with their respective academic school teams to translate the employability needs of employers into smart curriculum design
Our strategic ambition is for every student to have an assessed work experience as part of their course; this includes putting theory into practice, development of graduate attributes, and exposure to the world of work
And 44% of our current final year students already benefited from this commitment during their studies
The employability team alone totalled more than 32,000 interactions with employers during the current academic year.
And some 95.7% of our graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating, demonstrating they are very employable and in demand. 79.2 % were undertaking graduate work or graduate entry further study
The employability team are organised around the needs of its stakeholders, as a consequence one team is dedicated to servicing all an employer’s needs for talent
What advice would you give any youngster thinking of going to university?
Choose a course you love and you will thrive. We say this because we know students who engage in all elements of their course leave with a better degree and employment outcomes.
Experience suggests you will not engage if you do not have the fundamental interest in a subject.
University of Birmingham

Number of students: 33,346
Undergraduate: 21,717
Postgraduate: 11,629 (8,832 taught, 2,797 research)
Total income: £650m (2015/16)
Breakdown of students:
UK: 24,677
EU: 1,446
Overseas (non EU): 7,132
Responses from vice-chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood.
In general, what is the quality of students coming to you from UK schools?
We are a top-ranking global university and, therefore, expect applicants to achieve excellent A-level grades meaning that the academic quality of our intake is high.
Our students are highly motivated from a diverse and well-qualified background.
We are committed to encouraging talented young people from all walks of life to study with us. Our Access to Birmingham’ scheme, for example, is designed to help students from families and communities in the West Midlands who have little or no experience of higher education find out about what studying at university involves.
How closely do you work with businesses/employers to ensure your graduates have the skills they need?
The University of Birmingham has a reputation as an institution which produces highly-employable graduates
Birmingham is among the six UK universities most frequently targeted by the country’s top employers looking for graduate recruits, according to High Fliers Research.
We work closely with employers both through our dedicated careers network unit and through sector-specific relationships within individual departments to shape the education opportunities that we offer to young people.
We develop programmes that combine academic rigour with a real practical focus, developing not only a broad range of higher level skills which employers seek, but also specialist knowledge.
What advice would you give any youngster thinking of going to university?
Choosing to go to university represents young people making a big investment in their own future.
University of Birmingham graduates enjoy a great start in the world of work as well as an excellent education.
We would advise young people that are thinking about university to consider the range of options available to them and to seek independent advice.
We would recommend they chose the subjects that interest them the most and short-list universities based on a range of criteria and data sources, such as graduate employability and the quality of student experience.
We would always recommend that they attend an open day to get the feel of their preferred institutions – what seems like a good choice on paper, may not be the best fit in reality.
Source: Devon live