Helping your son or daughter choose a university

The path your son or daughter takes at university may influence their entire adult life, so they should choose the institution and course best suited to their individual characteristics and aspirations.

Different people thrive in different situations – and that’s especially true at university. If a student enjoys their studies AND the life around them, they often have a stronger chance of success in academic results and beyond.

Why do our students choose us?

Take a look at our video to find out what students love most about the University of Birmingham. We also have a wide selection of other videos to help you learn more about us.

Helping your son or daughter with their choice

You can provide support by:

  • Talking through the pros and cons of each idea to make sure they’re thinking logically and considering all possibilities.
  • Encouraging them to visit universities that interest them. For example, the University of Birmingham holds open days for both students and parents to find out more.
  • Allowing them to make the decision they feel most confident and positive about. Part of adult life is taking responsibility for big choices.

Types of university

The University of Birmingham is part of the Russell Group, which represents 24 of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities. The main types of university include:

  • ANCIENT – Founded in medieval times, often with a college-based system. Examples: Oxford, Cambridge.
  • REDBRICK / CIVIC – Founded in the Victorian era, usually in industrial cities. Examples: Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham.
  • NEW / POST-1992 – Founded more recently or converted from polytechnics. Examples: Birmingham City University, Oxford Brookes, De Montfort.
  • SPECIALIST INSTITUTIONS – Those with a focus on a particular subject, such as art and design, catering, performing arts or agriculture.

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