Top Tips for Ensuring Your Child Gets Accepted Into University

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As a parent, its your responsibility to guide your child in the right direction and offer your support and advice throughout their childhood. As they get older, they might not always accept your input, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop providing it, especially when it comes to something as important as university. I have teamed up with a  senior school in Bath to offer parents some top tips when it comes to helping their children secure a place at university.

Consider the Entry Requirements

Firstly, it’s worth noting that every university and each of their courses will have different entry requirements, which have huge variations. These requirements ensure that your child has the right skills to successfully complete the course, so it’s important to be realistic when it comes to the likelihood that your child will be accepted. In other words, don’t encourage them to apply to a university if it’s improbable that they will get the required grades, for example.

Of course, your child will need the relevant qualifications, but they will also have to demonstrate their interests and experience. Some universities require students to complete an admissions test and an interview, so help your child look into this so that they can prepare accordingly. 

Help with the Personal Statement

When applying to universities through UCAS, your son or daughter will need to fill out all of their personal details and submit a personal statement, which you can help with. This is an essay of no more than 4,000 characters that essentially lets the tutors know why your child thinks they would be an asset to the university.

From a young age, it’s important to encourage your child to pursue extra-curricular activities, such as clubs and classes, community work or even work experience. In doing so, your child will be able to demonstrate through their personal statement that they have the right personality to take on the challenges of a university course and the life that comes with it. 

Support Your Child Through their Exams

Securing a place at university relies heavily on your child achieving the relevant grades at a level. It’s important for your to encourage and support your child during exam period and avoid putting too much pressure on them. Ensure that they are taking regular rest breaks from their revision so that they don’t overdo it, as it’s important that they still get enough sleep and eat a healthy, balanced diet. 

Remind your child that you will be proud of them no matter what happens on results day and that there are other options if they don’t get the grades. If they know that they have your full support no matter what, they will likely feel less stressed.

Of course, there’s a lot more to it when it comes to getting a place on a university course, but the above tips should get you started. It might be that your child isn’t actually suited to university and an apprenticeship might be a more appropriate option. Do your research and figure out what’s best for them and their future.

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