Parents and carers
Starting the university journey is an exciting time for both you and your child.
It’s a huge decision to go to University and although it is time for them to learn to become independent, they could still use a helping hand along the way.
Here is some useful information which can help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
Making a decision
Choosing what to study and where is a huge decision for your child to make. It is important that they research different courses and universities to find the perfect fit for them.
Why not sit down together and go through the options:
- What did they enjoy studying at school and college?
- What career might they be interested in?
- Do they want to study close to home or move away?
Most universities will have open days: make sure to visit a few to make sure that your shortlisted universities have exactly what your child is looking for and feels right for them. Open days also give your child the chance to learn more about the career routes available for certain courses.
UCAS also hold events around the country. They are perfect for talking to lots of different university representatives in one day, making it easy to compare courses.
This will give you both a better understanding of their options and where they might want to be by attending faculty tours, student life talks and exploring the campus.
Choose courses and universities.
Once your child has researched course options and universities, they should have an idea of what they want to study and where.
Apply via UCAS Apply
Now it's time to set up an account with UCAS Apply.
Write a personal statement
Your child will need to write a personal statement, explaining why they want to study their chosen course. If they have any work experience, they need to be sure to include it.
Send off the application
Once all elements of the application are complete, it is time to submit it.
Attend interviews and receive decisions
Universities may ask your child you attend an interview. This is time to show their passion for the subject they want to study.
Once interviews have been attended, they will start receiving decisions from their chosen universities.
Universities will get in touch via email or UCAS Track.
Your child may be asked to attend an Applicant Experience Day.
This is another chance to explore the campus and its facilities.
Once all decisions are received, it's time to choose their firm and insurance choices.
This is their first choice and their back up option.
Apply for Student Finance
As soon as your child chooses their firm decision, they can start applying for Student Finance to fund their studies.
Learn more about fees and finance.
Apply for accommodation
Now is the time to apply for accommodation. They can choose to live in halls or private accommodation.
Once your child has collected their results, their offer will be either confirmed or withdrawn. If their offer terms are met, they will be accepted into their firm or insurance choice.
If offers aren't met, they have an opportunity to get an alternative offer in Clearing.
Enrolment and Induction
Once your child has secured their place at university, the next step is to enrol and attend their induction week. This usually takes place in September.
A home from home
If your child is offered a place here, they are guaranteed a place in our award-winning on-campus accommodation, The Green. By living at The Green, students are just a few steps away from their lecture theatres, the library, support services and the Students' Union.
Students living at The Green are looked after by a team of resident wardens who provide advice and information to help them settle into university life. Our security team is on-hand at The Green from 19:00-07:00 Monday to Friday and throughout the weekend, with regular patrols and CCTV around the site.
We also have private accommodation options for students. There are a range of privately rented houses and apartments located within walking distance of City Campus.
Here to help
The transition to university life is an important one, and we’re here to help, no matter what the problem may be.
Our dedicated MyBradford team with a wealth of experience and understanding to help your child access the support services they need to be a success.
They will have access to:
15 Jan 2020
Apply between September and 15 January to make sure you're considered for your preferred courses.
25 Feb 2020
UCAS Extra opens
30 June 2020
You can still apply to us via UCAS after 15 January and up until 30 June, however, places on some courses may be limited or no longer available.
5 July 2020
UCAS Extra closes
6 July 2020
13 Aug 2020
A-Level results day