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Here to support you

We understand that thinking about going to university can be a bit daunting to get your head around, so we're here to help guide you through the process, whether it’s by highlighting the key dates you need to know or offering you top tips and guidance to support you in finding your ideal course and university.

What to do and when


September is a good time to start thinking about what course you might want to study, and what it is you’re looking for in a university.

You’ll also need to get started on writing your personal statement. Why not use our guide and bitesize video to support you?

October to November

October is a great time to start visiting universities at open days. They are a chance for you to visit the campus and learn more about your subject(s) of interest.

By November, you may have more of an idea of what you want to study, so it would be a great time to visit again, either at another open day, or a campus tour.


In December, you might be narrowing down your university or course options once more.

Join our virtual open day on 13 December. You’ll hear more about living on campus, fees and finance, student support and more to help you make your university decision.


You’ll need to submit your UCAS application by 18:00 on 31 January 2024 in order to meet the UCAS equal consideration deadline. You can apply for up to five courses.

Our top tips for choosing the right uni


Make a list of possible courses and universities you’re interested in

Think about what subjects you enjoy now, what you would like to learn about at a higher level, and what your future career goals are. This will help you decide on your priorities, and once you have an idea, you can do your research and look into more course details such as module choices and flexibility.

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Make a list of what you want from a university

Think about whether you want to stay close to home or move further away, set out the sports or social activities you would like to get involved in and create an ideal list of what you would need and what it would be great to have. Once you have this, you can start comparing universities and start to think about where you see yourself fitting in.

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Visit universities

There’s no better way to get a feel for a university than stepping onto its campus. See our campus in full swing at an open day or by taking a tour, guided by current students. You'll have the chance to get hands on at course taster sessions, tour our fantastic facilities and accommodation, and ask all the questions to help you decide if you could feel at home at Herts!

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Chat to current university students

What could be more insightful than chatting one on one with actual university students? You’ll be able to find out all about their experiences, what they love about their university or their course, and they’ll happily give you advice on things they may have wished they had known before applying or studying at university.

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Look after your wellbeing

Don’t forget to look after yourself, and get the support you need from family and friends. Making a big life decision doesn’t have to be done on your own!

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Apply by the UCAS equal consideration deadline

Applying by the 31 January UCAS equal consideration deadline will not only keep you on track with your planning at sixth form or college, but it also means your application will be considered by all universities you apply to. If you submit your application after this date, universities do not have to consider applications received, so it’s always best to submit before the deadline.

Your questions answered

Visit our course pages to learn more about entry requirements, from what A level, BTEC or T Level results you need, and if your chosen course has any specialist requirements you’ll need to meet.


We offer a range of non-repayable scholarships recognising academic achievements and individual talents to support you during your studies.


We offer a £1,500 means-tested bursary scheme to help you with the costs associated with going to university. Eligibility is based on your household income.

Head on over to our application guide to find out more about applying to Herts via UCAS.

If you’ve made an application for a non-interview/portfolio course and submitted all of the relevant information needed, you will usually hear back from us with a decision in 10 working days. If we have to request any further information from your application, we will provide an update within 10 working days of receiving the requested information.

If you’ve applied to a course that requires an interview/portfolio, we will contact you within 10 working days of applying to confirm your next steps (either arranging an interview or requesting your portfolio). After your interview or portfolio review, you will hear back from us within a decision within 10 working days of your interview date/ portfolio submission.

If you want to find out more about your chosen course or what it’s like studying at Herts, you can always message our current students who will be happy to share their experiences with you.

If you need to discuss anything more specific, you can email our friendly team on