7 Things To Think About When Your Child Is Applying To Uni

Has the time come where your child is getting ready to apply for university?

It’s an exciting time, and it’s a scary time, but the best thing that you can do for your child is be supportive. This is going to be tough enough as it is for them, so your support is going to mean the world to them. 

If you’re not sure how you can be supportive during this time, then it’s a good thing that you’ve found us because we’ve got some advice for you!

In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you need to think about when your child is applying to uni. Have we got your interest? Good, let’s get started.

What Results They Achieved 

When applying to university, they are going to ask you for a number of pieces of information about the grades that your child has achieved, or is expected to achieve.

Students typically apply to university when they are in their second year of college or sixth form, so they will have predicted grades for the courses that they are taking.

These are the grades that the university is going to ask for, so make sure that your child has them readily available for the application.

As well as this, university applications will also ask for the results that were achieved at GCSE level.

The main ones that they are about are maths and English as they just want to know that your child has achieved the basics in these subjects.

Having all of this information will help you determine which universities to apply to also as many of them have a minimum entry requirement which varies depending on the institution. 

What They Want To Be

It’s also important to consider what your child is hoping to pursue once they are out of university.

Some people don’t know, and that’s completely okay as it means that pretty much any university will be okay for them to attend.

However, if there is a specific career goal that they have in mind then it’s a good idea to research which universities have the best programmes to aid this goal.

For example, Manchester University is well known for its business programmes and marketing degree, whereas the University of Oxford is a well known place for law. 

Where They Want To Study

Is there a place that you know your child would love to study?

Whether it’s becuase they love the look of the university itself or they just love the area itself, it’s a good idea to research what it’s like in that area.

You want to ensure that they are going to be safe wherever they go, and it’s always nice to know how far away it is from you! 

Some places have a number of different universities within them so that there are more options for potential students.

Liverpool for example has three separate universities: University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope, and Liverpool John Moores.

Manchester also has two which are Manchester University And Manchester Metropolitan University, depending on what it is that you want to study.

It’s normal for all of these places to offer the same types of courses, but there will be degrees that are also offered at some but not at others.

Where Their Friends Are Studying

There are plenty of people that attend university because that is where their friends are going.

This is perfectly okay, but as a parent you need to make sure that the chosen univeisty is right for your child.

They may not have the right courses on offer, especially if your child wants to study for a niche profession.

Speak to your child about how they can still stay in contact with their friends without being at the same university. 

What Are The Accomodation Choices

Where is your child going to stay when they are attending university?

There are a few options when it comes to this: they could stay on site, at home if you are not too far, or in a house shared with other uni students.

Whatever option they prefer, you will need to help them apply for accommodation and get them settled in when the time comes.

Be sure to check out a variety of places as you don’t want them to settle for the first place they come across.

This is true for when they are looking for places to live in later life as well. Teaching them about nice places to live and looking after your living space is essential. 

Are They Working While Attending Uni

If your child is in their own accommodation then they may have to pay a supplement towards the rent and bills. How will they do this each month?

You need to speak to them about looking for part time employment while they are studying just so they have some money in the bank for emergencies and their bills.

It is also nice for them to make their own money so they can experience what it’s like in the real world.

They will be busy working towards their qualifications and degree so they won’t be able to work full time. It is important to reiterate that you don’t expect them to work every minute of the day.

There may be positions available through the university itself, alternatively they could apply to local coffee shops or cinemas. 

Cost and Funding

Finally, if your child is thinking of going to university then you will need to think about how you are going to afford this.

There are a few things you can do if you are struggling with the fees. Let’s face it, university fees in England are not the cheapest in the world.

Your child may need to apply for student finance if you don’t have it all to pay for tuition. This will be repaid when they are in a position that earns them £30,000 or more each year.

Depending on what your child’s end goals are, this shouldn’t be too difficult for them. 

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