Should I go to uni?
Why study Languages?
- For great communication and problem solving skills
- For a better understanding of different cultures
- To gain great negotiation and influencing skills
- For job opportunities that can take you around the world!
What could I do with Languages?
Other than an interpreter or translator but you could also be:
International Business Development Manager Most businesses are now global, and require their business managers to travel abroad to find new clients so managers who can speak more than one language are very important!
Possible degree: International Management and Business Administration with French BA at the University of Reading.
UN Officer The UN is an international organisation working on issues such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development and human rights. Understanding people’s language and background can get you far in helping to build a better world.
Possible degree: Global Studies and Modern Languages BA at the University of Essex.
Foreign Journalist Some of the biggest stories in the world happen abroad. Learning languages can help you to understand what is really happening and not to lose anything in translation.
Possible degree: Politics and International Relations with a Year in the Asia-Pacific BA at the University of Kent.
International Development Officer With your understanding of different languages and cultures, you will be indispensable in deciding how we can best help developing countries and the people who live there.
Possible degree: International Development Studies and Languages BA at the University of Portsmouth.
What about alternative routes?
It’s hard to decide what you want to do when you are older. So if you’re not sure about going to university, these websites could help:
- notgoingtouni.co.uk will help you find out about alternatives to university.
- careerpilot.org.uk will help look at all your options at the ages of 16, 18 and even afterwards.
- findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk to find a full list of apprenticeships in the UK.
- Gear up The Study Higher alternative routes advisory.
For more information please register on the Study Higher website.
You could also:
GO TO UNI
APPLY THROUGH UCAS
CHOOSE SOME UNIS
CHOOSE A DEGREE
I THINK I WILL GO TO UNI, WHAT TO DO NOW?
Choosing a course
There is a lot of information out there so while you are choosing a subject keep these things in mind:
These will vary from course to course.
Always check the modules on the course to make sure you get to study topics that interest you.
What suits you the most: independent study, lectures, seminars?
Do you do best in coursework, practical work or exams? Also does the course provide certifications you need?
Work experience opportunities and careers help
Does the uni you are considering have connections with employers, help with getting a job or a placement, study abroad opportunities, sandwich year, interview process training, etc?
Choosing a university
To make choosing from hundreds of UK universities easier, consider the following things:
Some unis only have 1000 students while some might have over 30,000!
How far do you want to be from home? In a big city or smaller town? Up north or down south?
Campus or city university?
Campus universities have all their buildings on one big campus. City universities are spread around a bustling city.
Cost of living and accommodation
The north is usually cheaper than the south. Cities are more expensive than rural areas. Quality and price of accommodation will vary too.
Bursaries, grants and support for you
Financial awards are different at each university. Check which university will support you most suitably.
Sports clubs and societies you might want to join
Do you want to carry on a sport or maybe try a new hobby? Check if the uni you are looking at has the clubs you are interested in.
What is the university known for? Academics, sport, atmosphere, and so on.
The Higher Education system in the UK is set up so that anyone who wants to go to university, can! So don’t let the finances deter you.
When you apply for student finance you claim two different loans1;
A tuition loan of up to £9,250/annum1 for the cost of your studies – paid in full to the university. None of the tuition fee has to be paid up front by you.
A maintenance loan up to £11,672/ annum1 for living costs – paid in termly instalments to you. This loan is income and circumstance assessed.
As of July 20192, repayments for student loans:
- Start the April after you graduate and only once you earn over £25,725.
- Stop if your income drops below £25,725, which means if you are not earning enough your parents don’t have to cover you.
- Are taken straight out of your pay check so you never have to go to the bank to pay it.
- Are 9% of your earnings over £25,725 (see table).
- Do not affect your credit rating or your ability to get a mortgage.
- All outstanding debt is written off after 30 years.
University can be expensive, but over a lifetime with a degree you are likely to earn many times more than you will repay. If you have an ambition, a dream, or an interest in a subject, it is worth it to invest in your own future!
Higher Education (HE) The level of education that leads to a degree.
Gap year A year away from education to gain work experience, save up funds or go travelling.
Undergraduate Students studying for their first degree.
Graduate Someone who has completed an undergraduate course.
Higher National Diploma (HND) A two year work-related qualification; considered to be an equivalent of two years of HE study.
Foundation degree A one year course taken in preparation for an undergraduate degree.
Bachelor’s degree Usually a three year degree course. Bachelors of Arts (BA) are for arts and humanities courses while Bachelors of Science (BSc) are for science courses.
Master’s degree A more advanced degree, either taken after a Bachelor’s degree or as an integrated Master’s.
Joint honours degree A degree comprised of two different subjects.
Postgraduate degree Courses taken after your first degree such as a master’s degree.
Sandwich year A work-placement year taken during a degree.
Admission Team The people who receive and consider your application.
Halls of Residence Student accommodation at the University.
Campus University grounds.
UCAS The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service through which you apply to university.
Open Days Days during which you can visit universities free of charge and be shown round.
Prospectus A printed booklet advertising a school or university to potential students.
Student Loans Company (SLC) A non-profit, Government-owned organisation who provide loans and grants to students in universities and colleges in the UK.
Student Loan A loan students can take up from SLC to cover living costs and tuition fees.
ucas.com All things university related and the portal through which you apply to university.
prospects.ac.uk Careers website with details on a huge variety of career options.
opendays.com A list of all the university open days in the UK.
unitasterdays.com A list of taster days available at UK universities.
unistats.ac.uk Compares entry requirements, course details and prospects of UK degrees.
thestudentroom.co.uk University guides, articles and question forums.
careerpilot.org.uk A summary of options at ages 13/14, at 16+ and 18+.
slc.co.uk Student Loans Company website for financial questions.
notgoingtouni.co.uk A list of opportunities if you do not want to pursue university.