Choose Further Education

More than an education

University is about more than an education. Your son or daughter’s university experience gives them the knowledge, skills, confidence and experience to help them make their world better. University opens up a host of new opportunities and lets your child take control of their future.

A higher education qualification

A university qualification makes people more attractive in the eyes of future employers. It shows that they have the ability and self-motivation to learn at a higher level, and the dedication to see their course through to the end. Plus, a higher education qualification increases earnings potential; graduates can typically expect to earn 17% more than non-graduates according to a Universities UK survey.

Better career prospects

If your son or daughter knows what they want to do after graduating, a vocational degree can significantly improve their job prospects at the same time as giving them professional skills and knowledge relevant to their future career.

Valuable employability skills

An increasing number of graduate jobs do not specify a particular subject area. Employers often look for the key skills that students develop throughout their degree, such as information technology, communication skills, teamwork and problem solving.

Personal development time

University lets people develop as individuals. It gives them the time and opportunity to develop new interests, learn new skills and meet new people. Especially if it's your son or daughter’s first time away from home, they’ll become more independent and self-reliant. They’ll also have space to form an idea of the path they want to take after graduation.

A world of opportunity

At university, your son or daughter will have the opportunity to broaden their horizons by meeting new people from all over the world, facing new challenges and making use of the huge range of new activities, clubs and societies on offer. They may even be able to take part of their course overseas and learn a new language and culture.

Work experience

If your son or daughter chooses a vocational course, they will have the opportunity to undertake work placements in their chosen subject area. These placements not only give them hands-on experience in their potential future career, but also let them start building a network of industry contacts.

Flexible learning options

University doesn’t necessarily involve several years of full-time study in one place. Flexible study options let your son or daughter choose how and when they learn. These include part-time study, distance and online learning, work-based learning and study abroad options.

Find out more - download our Parents' Guide

If you've still got a few questions download our Parents Guide to HE publication, come along to one of our Open Days and events or give us a call.