Getting ready for university - bitesize

The Education Liaison team visit schools and colleges to deliver talks all year round - whether in person or virtually. To help you access information whenever you need it, we've recorded our talks. On this page you'll find bite-sized versions of these.

So even if you have just 4 minutes to spare, and want to learn more about going to university, this is the place for you! If after watching, you would like to see our longer talks, you can click on 'watch the full video' under each talk.

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This short video takes a look at what’s available and when to apply...
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Which route is right for you? Watch our short video for a quick comparison...
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With so many courses and universities to choose from, how can you make sure you chose the right choice? We offer key pointers on how to make the right decision...

Accommodation

About the talk

We offer advice on the different types of accommodation, when to apply, deposits and what happens if you don’t get your first choice of university and apply through clearing.

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Visit our Let's talk about uni page to be inspired by taster lectures and industry talks from leading experts. Plus, boost your A level/level 3 performance with our masterclasses. Got a question about university? These sessions are a fantastic way to find out everything you need to know.

Degree apprenticeships or full-time university?

About the talk

Do you know what career you want to pursue? Is a degree apprenticeship offered in that area? Do you have the self discipline and time management skills required to work full-time and study? This short video compares the main differences between studying for a degree full time at University and through a degree apprenticeship.

I chose to do a management degree apprenticeship because it gave me a brilliant opportunity to work for one of the world's largest travel companies. I get 4 years work experience while getting a degree which is quite a unique experience.

Tommy Compton, Business Support Executive, TUI

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Visit our Let's talk about uni page to be inspired by taster lectures and industry talks from leading experts. Plus, boost your A level/level 3 performance with our masterclasses. Got a question about university? These sessions are a fantastic way to find out everything you need to know.

How to choose a course and university

About the talk

This short video covers the key things to consider when making your final UCAS choices.

Before watching, we recommend you download our Which course? Which university? – Important factors checklist. This will help you decide what factors are the most important to you when choosing your course and university options.

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Visit our Let's talk about uni page to be inspired by taster lectures and industry talks from leading experts. Plus, boost your A level/level 3 performance with our masterclasses. Got a question about university? These sessions are a fantastic way to find out everything you need to know.

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Not sure where to start? Learn the key points for how to write an excellent personal statement in this short video...
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Received an offer but not sure what to do next? Here are our top tips on how to prepare...
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In this short video we will share with you what it's like to be a student at the University of Hertfordshire...

Personal statements: top tips

About the talk

Writing a strong personal statement can increase your chances of receiving offers from your preferred university choices. In this short video we offer advice about how you can structure your personal statement, what to include and presentation tips.

I was a bit daunted at first but once I put pen to paper it started flowing. My top tip would be to get those examples in, bring it to life!

Claire Pope

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Visit our Let's talk about uni page to be inspired by taster lectures and industry talks from leading experts. Plus, boost your A level/level 3 performance with our masterclasses. Got a question about university? These sessions are a fantastic way to find out everything you need to know.

Preparing for university

About the talk

Starting university can be a daunting prospect, whether it’s worrying about the academic challenges, making friends or adjusting to living away from home. This short video gives you a quick overview of what you can do to get ready.

There are university-specific Facebook groups that you can join beforehand. This can help make you feel part of the university community before you arrive. It can also make it seem less daunting if you know a few people starting with you.

Robyn, psychology student

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This is Herts

In this short video we will share with you what it's like to be a student at the University of Hertfordshire.

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In this short video we cover the key aspects of the application process...
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A quick overview of what’s available, how it works and how to apply...
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This short video highlights the benefits of going to university...

UCAS application process

This short video covers the key aspects of the application process, highlighting what is required at each stage.

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Visit our Let's talk about uni page to be inspired by taster lectures and industry talks from leading experts. Plus, boost your A level/level 3 performance with our masterclasses. Got a question about university? These sessions are a fantastic way to find out everything you need to know.

UK student finance

This short video explores tuition and maintenance loans, how to apply and repayment. Please be aware that Student Finance has changed for 2023 entry onwards. These changes are not being implemented for 2022 entry.

Student finance for 2023:

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Visit our Let's talk about uni page to be inspired by taster lectures and industry talks from leading experts. Plus, boost your A level/level 3 performance with our masterclasses. Got a question about university? These sessions are a fantastic way to find out everything you need to know.

Why go to university?

Deciding whether to go to university can feel like a big decision. Watch this video for a snapshot of the benefits of going to university. You’ll get an overview of future job prospects, course choices and the university experience itself.

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Visit our Let's talk about uni page to be inspired by taster lectures and industry talks from leading experts. Plus, boost your A level/level 3 performance with our masterclasses. Got a question about university? These sessions are a fantastic way to find out everything you need to know.