Applying for a course in higher education can be
a daunting experience. Not only for students, but
also for parents and carers, especially if there
is no experience of higher education within the
Both the Quality in Careers Standard and the Gatsby Benchmarks make specific references to involving and supporting parents/carers in careers education, information and guidance. It is therefore useful to be aware of the range of assistance available from universities to support you with this important area of work.
- Presentations at school or college parent’s
events (when restrictions ease). Topics can vary, but typically include
information about the benefits of higher
education, the UCAS process and student
- Information stands at a school or college (again when restrictions ease) - these provide a great opportunity to speak to either staff or current university students about entry requirements, progression opportunities and the experience of studying at a specific institution.
- Online resources - increasingly universities will provide information written specifically for parents. The UCAS website also produces a comprehensive guide for parents.
- Open days and applicant days - most universities will actively encourage parents to attend open days and applicant days - including online opportunities. It can often be reassuring for parents to learn about the environment, course structures and the financial/support services available to students.
Many of you will be aware that parental
engagement can be difficult. Often, the time you
have to disseminate information can be limited.
With this in mind, here are three of the key
messages that you may find helpful to share with
- The benefits of higher education – this offers more than a qualification. Students can develop a genuine enthusiasm for a subject, working alongside experts in their field. It can also help develop a student’s interpersonal skills, provide a platform to make life-long friends and participate in a range of opportunities such as studying abroad.
- Start the conversation early - it is never too early to start talking about choices including university participation and courses with students. Questions focussing on interests inside and outside of school or college and career ambitions can be a great starting point.
- The support available at your school or college - ensure that parents are aware of the support available for students. This may include the provision for attending open days, support in completing the UCAS form and information evenings for parents.
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by Jon Cheek
posted on 7 Feb '23
The university application process can feel quite daunting for many young people, so it is understandable that parents and guardians will want to be involved and stay in the loop with any updates. This blog will guide you through how universities communicate with students and their support network.