Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free


Support your child to make informed decisions with this university parent guide

Navigating the Higher Education application process can be confusing for young people and their parents. This course will help you to support your young person in the university application process.

You’ll explore the application timeline and key decision dates, such as when to register, and the deadline for submitting personal statements. This course will also address common concerns such as what financial aid is available, and what support services your young person will have access to throughout their time at university.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • Course welcome
  • Our understanding of higher education and the options available
  • Myth-busting common concerns
  • Influencing factors and researching higher education

Week 2

  • The application process and key dates
  • Making the most of open days and visits
  • Writing the application and the support available

Week 3

  • Financial aspects of applying to university
  • Living costs at university
  • Hearing back from offers

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

The course is for parents, carers, and supporters of students that are entering university and who may be leaving home for the first time.

This course will also be useful for staff in local authorities supporting children in care and teaching staff looking for CPD training and to learn more about the university process.

Who developed the course?

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.