Thinking of Going to University
Things to Consider
Once you have finished sixth form at Swindon Academy you may be considering applying to university.
It's important to think ahead to make sure that you choose the right course, the right university and most importantly to make sure that everything is in place and ready for your first day.
This means you can start your course without having to worry about any issues to do with your equipment and support needs and concentrate on making friends and settling in.
Research is key to a successful application. Consider which subjects you enjoy and the type of career you would be interested in. Make sure you keep your search criteria broad to start with.
How to apply through UCAS
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed. Follow the link on the UCAS Adviser page to find out more.
The main costs
When going to University, you will have two main costs. These will be Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
The important thing to remember about the tuition fees is that UK/EU students do not have to pay the tuition fee up front - you study first and pay back when you're earning. You don't have to pay any tuition fees up front or while you are studying (although you can if you want to). The payment is deferred until after you graduate through a tuition fee loan. You will start to repay the loan as soon as you start earning over £21,000 a year.
All students, whether or not they are living at home, will have costs to meet. The main costs are accommodation, rent, bills, food, clothing, books, equipment, travel and socialising.
Depending on household income, students may be eligible to receive a Grant or Bursary by the government to help with the cost of studying at university.
Applying for student finance
On our Useful Links page there are lots of links to information to help you understand student finance and assist you in filling in the online application form.
Bursaries and Scholarships
Bursaries and Scholarships may be available which offer extra help for new students.
Universities offer their own bursaries and scholarship schemes.
Help and Support
Whatever your circumstances, there is help available to all students to deal with the costs of university.