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Choosing a Uni or College

Employment prospects:

87%

graduates are employed vs 70% non-graduates

Norfolk

Suffolk

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

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Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich

Anglia Ruskin University

Cambridge

West suffolk college

Bury St Edmunds

Easton & Otley College

Easton

University Centre Peterborough

Peterborough

Anglia Ruskin University

Peterborough

Peterborough Regional College

Peterborourgh

Cambridge Regional College

Cambridge

College of West Anglia

Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Cambridge

College of West Anglia

King's Lynn

City College Norwich

Norwich

East Coast College

Great Yarmouth

East Coast College

Lowestoft

University of East Anglia

Norwich

Easton & Otley College

Otley

University of Suffolk

Ipswich

Suffolk New College

Ipswich

Norfolk

Norwich University of the Arts

Francis House
3-7 Redwell Street
Norwich NR2 4SN

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Easton & Otley College

Easton Campus
Bawburgh Road
Easton
Norwich NR9 5DX

Otley Campus
Charity Lane
Otley
Ipswich IP6 9EY

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College of West Anglia

Milton campus
Landbeach Rd
Milton, Cambridge CB24 6DB

King's Lynn campus
Tennyson Ave
King's Lynn PE30 2QW

Wisbeach campus
Ramnoth Rd
Wisbech PE13 2JE

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City College Norwich

City College Norwich campus
Ipswich Rd
Norwich NR2 2LJ

City College Norwich School of Higher Education (formerly Paston College)
Norfolk House
Exchange Street
Norwich NR2 1DD

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East Coast College

Great Yarmouth campus
Suffolk Rd
Great Yarmouth NR31 0ED

Lowestoft campus
St. Peter's Street
Lowestoft NR32 2NB

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University of East Anglia

Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ

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Suffolk

West suffolk college

Out Risbygate,
Bury Saint Edmunds
IP33 3RL

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East Coast College

Great Yarmouth campus
Suffolk Rd
Great Yarmouth NR31 0ED

Lowestoft campus
St. Peter's Street
Lowestoft NR32 2NB

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Easton & Otley College

Easton Campus
Bawburgh Road
Easton
Norwich NR9 5DX

Otley Campus
Charity Lane
Otley
Ipswich IP6 9EY

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University of Suffolk

Long St
Ipswich IP3 8AH

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Suffolk New College

Rope Walk
Ipswich IP4 1LT

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Anglia Ruskin University

East Rd,
Cambridge CB1 1PT

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University Centre Peterborough

Park Crescent Campus
Park Crescent
Peterborough PE1 4DZ

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Anglia Ruskin University

Cambridge Campus
East Rd
Cambridge CB1 1PT

Peterborough Campus
Guild House
Swain Ct
Peterborough PE2 9PW

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Peterborough Regional College

Park Crescent
Peterborough PE1 4DZ

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Cambridge Regional College

Cambridge campus
Kings Hedges Rd
Milton
Cambridge CB4 2QT

Huntingdon campus
California Rd
Huntingdon PE29 1BL

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College of West Anglia

Milton campus
Landbeach Rd
Milton, Cambridge CB24 6DB

King's Lynn campus
Tennyson Ave
King's Lynn PE30 2QW

Wisbeach campus
Ramnoth Rd
Wisbech PE13 2JE

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University of Cambridge

The Old Schools
Trinity Ln
Cambridge CB2 1TN

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Choosing the right place to study isn’t easy –
here are a few factors to consider:

The course

Courses can vary widely – look at descriptions in prospectuses on websites, your child can then start to refine their choices.

Look at entry requirements – does your child's predicted grades meet the essential requirements (such as minimum UCAS points or grades in particular subjects).

Look at other possibilities available – opportunities to study abroad or strong connections with your future industry.

The location

Another way of narrowing down the op tions is to look at where your child wants to live.

  • How far from home?
  • Campus or city-based university?
  • Cost of travel?

Reputation

A university or college’s reputation will change subject to subject.

The goal is to find a university or college that offers a course they enjoy, with teaching staff who inspire.

University rankings list – thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk

Student rankings – thestudentsurvey.com

Employability

While your child is studying it is a good idea for them to start building up their work experience to help distinguish themselves from other graduates. Does the university have good industry links that are incorporated into the course? Look at the careers department and see what guidance is provided – do they help secure internships?

Finding their passion

With thousands of higher education courses on offer there really is something for everyone. Your child will have the opportunity to study a subject they love – taught by experts – with fantastic results.

Opportunities on your doorstep

The prospect of your child moving far away from the familiarity and comfort of home to study can be a daunting prospect for many. Moving away from home isn’t the ideal for everyone and there are many benefits of studying locally.

Reducing the financial burden

For some young people and their parents, the cost of university is a worry. Some students save money by going to university closer to home.

Students living at home have a reduced amount of student loan available to them to help with the costs of studying. However the amount repaid may not change, as this is based on a graduates earnings.

Rise of the commuter student

Some universities and colleges now structure their timetable into two or three full days, making it easier for students to commute. These changes make it more convenient for students who have family commitments or part-time work and can also make managing study time easier.

Establish local career links

Studying close to home can give students the opportunity to establish links with local businesses. This gives your child a great foundation for future career opportunities.

Many universities and colleges have links with the local business community who want to recruit graduates with knowledge of the local area. These can be formal working arrangements – some paid and some voluntary – that can open doors to full-time employment.

Open Days

Open Days are a really useful way to experience universities and colleges first-hand. Expect to get more details on courses, facilities and the university or college as a whole.

Events will be full of current students and staff who are there to answer any questions and help you and your child get a feel for the place. Use the time to explore the surrounding area – is this somewhere you could see them living? Would your child be happy here?

Lots of talks will be going on throughout the day, like presentations on courses and subject areas. Your child can find out more about studying their chosen subject, or be inspired by something new! Student housing and student finance talks mean you can start figuring out how it all works. Most open days will offer a full campus tour, guided by the students who know it best.

Open Days will often have a Student Information Fair where you can speak to the different support services such as Wellbeing, Admissions, Sports, Students’ Union and many more.

If you can’t make the Open Day date, many universities or colleges will offer a tour at a time to suit you. Many also have virtual tours to see what the campus and facilities are like.

Virtual tours and dates

With your child, use these points to make notes
and compare university choices:

Checklist for choosing a university

  1. Course and subject choice
  2. Entry requirements
  3. Distance from home
  4. City or campus university
  5. Reputation/ranking
  6. Facilities (e.g. accommodation)
  7. Scholarships and bursaries

Ahead of the open day, write down questions you would like answered. Things like:

  1. What careers have recent graduates gone on to?
  2. How many students are on the course?
  3. How much time do students spend in lectures?
  4. Are there opportunities to study abroad?
  5. What sports and societies are on offer?
  6. What student support is available?

Students can research course choices and entry
requirements through UCAS search ucas.com