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What Do I Need to know?

When looking into higher education there are a number of things you may need to think about.

university information

When it comes to choosing a university there is lots of choice out there. You can use our step by step guide to learn about how to break down the different choices.

395
undergraduate providers in the uk available

50000
Undergraduate courses approximately avaliable

9250
(£) is the current maximum price per year for an undergraduate course

Higher education jargon

Often words can be used that you may not have heard of as they are specific to a certain area. Below you can find some explanations to words which are used throughout higher education that you might not know.

The main way you learn at university. Delivered to lots of people at one time. The biggest theatre at the University of Surrey fits 430 people!

They are discussion based, and allow you to share ideas. Much like a lesson at school they will have approximately 20 people in.

Normally for a small number of people (around 4-10 people). They allow you to talk about your studies in much more detail

The area that some universities are located within. All of the buildings are located together in one place.

The way that subjects you can study are grouped together. Subjects that are similar to each other will be in the same faculty. E.g. Chemistry and Physics

A group of students who all share a common interest. E.g. Gospel Choir or Judo.

Students are elected into a variety of roles to represent students. They can help form rules for the way the university is run.

The organisation that handles most of the universities applications. You apply through them to the university you wish to study at.

Open Days

The best way to get a feel for an education establishment is to visit one of the Open Days. Open days provide the opportunity to experience what studying might be like whilst getting to speak with current students and staff. Below are the details of our partners upcoming Open Days.

Information regarding the ACM open days are available here
The next available dates are Sunday 8th March 2020.
Please remember to register.

Information regarding the Brooklands College open days are available here
The next available dates are
Tuesday 17th March 16:30 – 19:00
School Leavers Open Event – Ashford Campus
Thursday 19th March 16:30 – 19:00
School Leavers Open Event – Weybridge Campus
Please remember to register.

Information regarding the  Guildford College open days are available here
The next available dates are
Saturday 6 June 2020, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Please remember to register.

Information regarding the  NESCOT open days are available here
The next available dates are
Wednesday 20th May 2020, 16:30 – 19:30
Please remember to register.

Information regarding the  Royal Holloway, University of London open days are available here
The next available dates are
Friday 19 June 2020
Saturday 20 June 2020
Saturday 26 September 2020
Saturday 17 October 2020
Please remember to register.

Information regarding the  University Centre Farnborough’s open days are available here
The next available dates are
Wednesday 26 Feb 2020, 16:30 – 19:30
Wednesday 13 May 2020, 16:30 – 19:30
Wednesday 24 June 2020, 16:30 – 19:30
Please remember to register.

Information regarding the University for the Creative Arts open days are available here
The next available dates are
Saturday 13th June 2020
Please remember to register.

Information regarding the University of Law open days are available here
The next available dates are
Saturday 20th June 2020 09:30 – 12:00
Please remember to register.

Information regarding the University of Surrey open days are available here
The next available dates are:
Friday 26 June 2020
Saturday 27 June 2020
Saturday 12 September 2020
Sunday 11 October 2020
Sunday 25 October 2020
Please remember to register.

Student finance

Below you will find two sliders which will give you an example of what student finance you may be entitled to when applying for university.

How Much Loan Am I Entitled To?

Each UK student could be eligible for two loans, a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. If eligible the Tuition Fee Loan will cover the yearly cost of the first undergraduate course, you wish to study.

In addition to the Tuition Fee Loan, you may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan which can be used to support your living costs whilst you study. Every year you will need to apply for this loan and the amount you will receive will depend on where you choose to study and your household income.

Use the slider to display your household income and show an estimate* of how much Maintenance Loan you could be entitled to.

Household Income
£0

£0
£75,000

living away from home and studying in London

living away from home and NOT studying in London

living at home

*The above estimates are based on a student starting university in September 2020 and studying a three-year course with no additional needs. For the most up to date information about Student Finance, including what you may be eligible for if you have dependents, are studying a four-year course, or are living independently search The Student Loans Company or visit gov.uk/student-finance

How Much Will I Pay Back?

For all new student loans, you need to be earning £25,725 before you must start paying money back. Currently you would pay back 9% of anything you earn over this amount. If your earnings were to fall below this the repayments would stop. The repayments happen automatically through your employer. After 30 years, any outstanding debt is written off, and it can never be passed to anyone else. 

Use the slider to see an estimate* for how repayments may vary depending on yearly incomes.

Household Income
£16,000

£16,000
£45,000

Your gross monthly income will be

Your monthly repayment will be

*The above estimates are based current figures available from The Student Loans Company as of February 2020. To find out more information about student loans repayment terms, including the most up to date information, search The Student Loans Company or visit slc.co.uk.