University Entrance

(2 customer reviews)


A parent’s guide to UK university entrance
Everything you need to know to help your nearly-grown-up child make a smooth transition from school to university.

Download the UCAS 2018/19 Key Deadlines here UCAS 2018 Gresham

ISBN: 978-0-946095-61-2
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: May 2016


University Entrance – A parent’s guide to UCAS and more

University Entrance contains everything you need to know to help your nearly-grown-up child make a smooth transition from school to university entrance. Not just a ‘how to’ on personal statements and application forms (although we cover that too), this book guides you through the process and gives you a clear understanding of the steps involved, the selection criteria and how to decide what’s really important to your child.

  • The indispensable UCAS application guide to finding the right university and getting in
  • From choosing a degree to applying for financial aid, writing a killer personal statement, surviving clearing and taking a gap year
  • Inside information from some of the UK’s leading universities
  • Packed with practical checklists and real-life tips from parents who have already gone through the process themselves


Chapters cover subjects including

  • Introduction to UCAS
    • What is UCAS?
    • What does a degree cost?
  • Making decisions
    • Is higher education the right path?
    • To gap or not to gap?
  • Choosing a subject
    • Is school exam performance a good basis for degree choice?
    • Does the choice of course affect career prospects?
  • Choosing a university
    • Where can information on universities be found?
    • How about studying abroad?
  • Preparing to apply
    • What does my child need to do before applying?
    • What makes a good personal statement?
  • Completing the application
    • How does the application process work?
    • What is the application process for universities abroad?
  • Hearing back
    • What responses might universities give?
    • What if my child doesn’t get an offer?
  • What happens next?
    • What happens on results day?
    • What if my child does better than expected?
  • University life
    • What will university be like?
    • What’s the cost of student living?
  • Alternatives to university

Download the UCAS 2018/19 Key Deadlines here UCAS 2018 Gresham


University Entrance was written by Jonathan Watts, an educational consultant who spent 24 years as Head of History and Politics at Benenden School and Cora Saint who was formerly Director of Careers and College Guidance at Benenden School and has formal training in careers guidance.

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Weight 0.4 kg

2 reviews for University Entrance

  1. Ralph Lucas, Editor-in-Chief, The Good Schools Guide

    Parents are – quite rightly in view of the debt involved – getting much more involved in their children’s decision on which university courses to go for. This book is for them: a comprehensive guide to the whole process, easy to read and understand, written by experts. With this to hand, a parent can feel confident of being able to support their child in their first, crucial, independent decision. If they have to do combat with a truculent school careers department, they will do so on level terms.

  2. Kate Woodman, Parent

    I received the book yesterday and have hardly put it down since! Its full of good advice and informtion, all in one place and all easy to understand. I especially like the Parenting section at the end of each section. I would highly recommend this book to any parent with a child thinking about going or not going to university.

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