Deciding to go to university can cause lots of uncertainty for all involved. Parents and carers play an important role when supporting their child through the university decision process. Your child may already know which course and which university they want to go to but a lot of young people do not.
Try not to worry, it is important to support your child by talking through the options and attend university open days. This link has a wide range of subject guides to explore.
Results play a big part in your child’s options but lots of universities also offer foundation courses too, so make sure to explore all of the options. Once a course has been decided, the next big decision is which university. This can be challenging for parents because you want your child to become independent and get lots of new experiences but you may also be dreading the thought of them living away from home.
It’s normal to worry but it’s important to know your own feelings and try not to let them influence your child’s decisions. Do your research to prepare for how you may feel and don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings.
Check to see what bursary your child will be eligible for. Depending on your earnings you may have to provide financial support for accommodation and living costs so be sure to check out the student finance page to see what you’re entitled to. Individual universities also offer financial support so check individual websites for more information.
Lots of young people take on part-time work while studying, so this may also be an option for your child to explore. The skills young people learn from a real working environment, such as team building, communication, time management, are all going to make your child stand out when they start their career journey, it’s so competitive and employers are looking for work skills as well as academic results.