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Bourne Grammar School

Applying to University

Every year many students at Bourne Grammar School apply to go to university. You don’t have to go to university and you can build a career without a degree but here are a number of reasons why you should consider doing a degree.

  • It may improve your career prospects. For some professions a degree is essential. Statistics show that graduates on average earn more than those without higher education qualifications.
  • Pursuing a vocation - you may want to further an interest in a particular subject or in a particular vocation.
  • Developing employable skills – a degree not only gives you the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject but also to develop transferable skills such as communication, presentation and problem-solving skills whilst improving your ability to work as part of a team.
  • Building self-confidence, independence and responsibility - university is likely to be the first time you have lived away from home and you will have the opportunity to make new friends from different countries and backgrounds.
  • Gaining experience with extra-curricular activities- there are usually dozens of extracurricular opportunities to get involved with at university which will boost both enjoyment and employability throughout the higher education experience.
  • Making lifelong connections – university is an opportunity to connect with people, you may make lifelong friends and business connections.

Applying to university can be an exciting but daunting experience. The UCAS website is the primary source of information relating to applying to the application process. The School handbook for applying to university in the UK to start in September 2023 contains lots of useful information to help you and can be found below.