On completing your studies at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology you may well consider progression to University. Students who want to progress on to University need to apply through UCAS. Universities each advertise their degrees through their websites and UCAS.

When looking at universities there are three main areas students need to consider:

  • The course (are they likely to meet the entry requirements? Where do people who have completed the course go on to? Does it look interesting? What sort of help/support can you expect?)
  • The university (what else does the university provide? Do they have halls of residence? What extracurricular activities are on offer? What sports facilities are on offer?)
  • The town/city (is it somewhere you want to live? What is the cost of living? How long will it take you to get to from home?)

Each student will have different priorities and rationales for the decisions they make.

In June all students visit the Cambridge Higher Education exhibition at Anglia Ruskin University. The exhibition can help students make some key decisions about their future.

Once a student has applied through UCAS they will be able to track their application and offers from their chosen universities.

UCAS have also produced this helpful University Parent Guide and hints and tips for students when applying to university or college. There is also guidance on the UCAS website help page for parents along with lots of advice, support and hints.

To help students, UCAS has put together a student guide so they can get ready to search for courses and make their applications.

Students considering applying to university will have the opportunity to discuss their options from the very beginning of their time at Parkside Sixth. Certain degrees such as medicine require specific IB subject combinations, and this will need to be agreed at your initial guidance meeting. As with all future pathways, you will receive advice from the key members of staff working with you.

Do Universities Accept BTECs?

  • 95% of universities in the UK accept BTEC qualifications, including competitive universities from the Russell Group. More than 50% of 20 to 30 year olds going on to higher education have progressed via studying a BTEC.
  • Nearly all universities accept BTECs in relevant subject areas, similar to how they would with equivalent A-Level qualifications.
  • BTEC students can often be better prepared in terms of the independent studying that is required at degree level, due to the portfolio-based nature of BTEC courses. The time management and self-organisation you’ll pick up on a BTEC course can also give you an added edge.

Student Loans

You can apply for two types of student loans, the first covers your tuition fees for the course that you are studying, and this gets paid directly to the university. The second is the maintenance loan, this gets paid to you directly and is for you to use to cover the cost of your living expenses (accommodation, food, insurance, textbooks, leisure activities and other expenses).  The size of the maintenance loan you are eligible for depends on where you are living.  You can apply for both types of loan at, applications must be made between January and May of the year you are planning to start your course, and you do not need to have received an offer from a university to make an application.  Neither loan is repayable until after you have completed your studies and are earning over £21,000 per year.  Details of repayments can be found at

Bursaries and Scholarships

These are paid directly by universities, you need to check the website of the university that you are applying to to see if you are eligible.  Different universities will have different criteria for applications and times when you need to apply.  Bursaries and scholarships can come in the form of discounted tuition fees or accommodation cost, or as a lump sum payment.  Bursaries can be awarded to students from low income backgrounds or with health (including mental health) or disability issues.  Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence.

Key Dates

The dates below are UCAS dates, we will also have internal deadlines for each stage of the application. Failure to meet internal deadlines may result in missing the UCAS deadlines.

4 June – if an applicant received all their university decisions by 7 May, they must reply to any offers by this date

25 June – if an applicant received all their university decisions by 4 June, they must reply to any offers by this date

30 June at 6pm – final deadline to submit application. After this students enter into clearing

16 July – the latest date those who applied after 15 January deadline will receive offers from their chose universities

23 July – if an applicant received all their university decisions by 16 July, they must reply to any offers by this date

Useful Websites

Which? University is a new website designed to help students make more informed decisions about their higher education choices. It is free, independent and does not accept advertising.

Applying to Russell Group Universities

University Finance

Studying Abroad

Increasing numbers of students are considering studying abroad, if you are interested in this further information can be found at:


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