Preparing your students for university


Going to university is a big step – so we’ve got lots of information to help you support your students through the process, from choosing a course to entry requirements, and even study tips to help your pupils achieve their full potential. 

Our resources aim to help pupils decide whether university is the right choice for their future, to find out about the application process and discover more about life as a student. 

Introducing higher education (year 10 and above)

Aimed at years 10 and upwards, our junior prospectus is a young person's guide to the university, offering a taste of what university life is like. It features exercises to introduce higher education, tips on particular career paths and subject choices, and stories from current students. It can also be used alongside our learning resource pack, which includes activities to introduce pupils to the language of higher education and to help students think about their options.

Choosing a course and university (years 12 and 13)

Our guide for students, teachers and careers advisers includes advice on choosing the right course, considering career options, and researching different universities. When students are considering different course options, they may also find our Offer Calculator tool useful. This calculates if a student is likely to receive an offer to study a particular course here at Birmingham. 

Applying to university (year 13)

In addition to the guide for teachers and career advisers above, we have a number of resources available to help students strengthen their university applications. Take a look at our top tips for writing a personal statement and our advice for making your application stand out from the crowd. 

Study skills (years 12 and 13)

Our Skills4Uni resource helps sixth form students develop the skills they’ll need at university, with tips, advice, activities and materials. For students studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics at A-level, we have also developed a series of guides to support with practical assessments

We welcome BTEC applicants for many of our courses, and we have produced a range of additional resources to support BTEC students with the application process and prepare them for studying at university. 

Your students may also choose to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). We recognise that this encourages independent learning and helps prepare students for higher education, so we've developed a series of resources to support students completing an EPQ

We are also a member of the Advancing Access network - 24 research intensive, Russell Group universities who work with schools and colleges to support students' progression to leading institutions. The Advancing Access website includes a variety of CPD resources and online events for teachers and advisers to help you advise learners who are making their key stage 4, key stage 5 and university choices.