General Student Advice Articles

In this section, we’ll give you all the general advice you need when studying at university or college as well as some information regarding A Levels, GCSEs, T Levels and university entrance exams.

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Our general advice section is the perfect place to come for students that are looking to learn about everything. In this section, we’ll take a look at some of the different university courses you will come across, how to handle university open days, the different kinds of university entrance exams and what life is like at university.

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Student AdviceNVQ

Feb 16th 2022

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualifications in England and is equivalent to the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Scotland.

General Student Advice Articles

Student Advice What is a Diploma of Higher Education?

Feb 16th 2023

What is a Diploma of Higher Education? What is a diploma worth? What can I use it for? How do I apply for a DipHE? ...

Student Advice NUS Card

Feb 16th 2023

One of the greatest perks of being a student is the discount that comes with it and a student NUS Card is the way to go!

Student Advice What is a HND?

Feb 16th 2023

A Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification uses studying and practical elements to prepare students for a particular...

Student Advice What is An EPQ?

Feb 16th 2023

Sitting an EPQ can provide you with an unparalleled level of preparation before you begin your university journey.

Student Advice GMAT

Feb 3rd 2023

Applying to certain universities can be a tough process, not least because of the high entry standards, but also becaus...

Student Advice What is an MBA?

Jan 3rd 2023

An MBA degree is internationally recognised and allows individuals to obtain the skills needed for a successful busines...

Student Advice UCAS Application

Dec 15th 2022

For many college or sixth form students, results day is a crucial time that could help them progress onto the next stag...

Student Advice What Is A CPCAB Qualification?

Aug 5th 2022

Looking to become a registered counsellor but have no previous experience or qualifications? This is where CPCAB comes ...

Student Advice What Is An SVQ?

Jul 1st 2022

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) are designed to assess competence in the work-place.

Student Advice What is CPD?

Jun 29th 2022 · 5 min read

Though you may not need to worry about your continuing professional development (CPD) when at university, it is somethi...

Student Advice What is STEM?

May 20th 2022

The world of STEM education has been receiving more and more attention as the job market begins to open up and universi...

Student Advice TEF Awards

Apr 19th 2022

Going to university, you may wonder whether or not the TEF Awards are actually relevant to you and your studies.

Student Advice What Is a Virtual Interview?

Mar 7th 2022 · 5 min read

Virtual interviews are the new normal, but how are they different from a traditional interview?

Student Advice How Does the UK University Grading System Work?

Mar 7th 2022 · 5 min read

Whether you’re already studying or are about to, it is important to understand how the UK university grading system wor...

Student Advice University Alliance

Feb 28th 2022

University Alliance brings together a group of global universities that have a keen interest in science, technology and...

Student Advice 50 Best Fancy Dress Ideas for Students

Feb 28th 2022

With freshers just around the corner, there is plenty to look forward too with your clubs and societies coming up with ...

Student Advice Student CV

Feb 21st 2022

Your CV is a necessity for any job. A CV is a way for employers to see all the things about you that make you unique an...

Student Advice BTEC

Feb 21st 2022

The BTEC qualification combines practical learning with theory work and study.

Student Advice Choosing a Degree Course

Feb 17th 2022

There are a lot of factors to consider before choosing a degree course.

Student Advice NVQ

Feb 16th 2022

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualifications in England and is equivalent to the Scottish Vocational Qualification...

Student Advice Freshers Week

Feb 16th 2022

Freshers week is a rite of passage for many a university student.

Student Advice What to Eat

Feb 14th 2022

You’ve left home and will be moving away to university, doesn’t have to mean living on tinned beans and pasta for three...

Student Advice Exam Stress

Feb 14th 2022

Exam stress is an unfortunate component of any exam. They go hand-in-hand and sometimes, it can get the better of even ...

Student Advice What is Graduation?

Feb 1st 2022

University graduation is the day that all your hard work pays off and you finally get your hands on the thing you’ve sp...

Student Advice Sandwich Course

Nov 29th 2021

What is a Sandwich course and how do you apply for one? Well, luckily for you, we’ve got a useful guide for you which w...

Student Advice What is a Certificate of Higher Education?

Nov 29th 2021

A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) focuses on either a particular profession or job or academic study.

Student Advice University Entry Requirements

Nov 29th 2021

A good place to start when comparing university courses is to look at the entry requirements; they can help you differe...

Student Advice UCAT

Nov 29th 2021

Those looking to study a medical-based degree may be required to sit one of two exams, one is the BMAT, the other is th...

Student Advice TEFL

Nov 29th 2021

More and more people are looking into the possibilities of TEFL, with figures rising every single year, but what is TEF...

Student Advice T Levels

Nov 29th 2021

It has been announced that starting in the summer of 2020, the government will introduce T-Levels as a post-16 qualific...

Student Advice What is it Like to Study Psychology at University?

Nov 29th 2021

A Psychology degree is one of the most popular degrees in the UK. It’s a degree that opens up a lot of doors.

Student Advice What is it Like to Study Medicine at University?

Nov 29th 2021

Medicine is one of the most prestigious degrees in the UK and is also one of the most rewarding.

Student Advice What is it Like to Study Law at University?

Nov 29th 2021

Law is one of the most interesting and popular courses at university. Learn more about what it’s like to study Law at u...

Student Advice Student Railcard

Nov 29th 2021

With the price of inner-city travel rising all the time, it's good for students to have a cheaper, more affordable ...

Student Advice Russell Group Universities

Nov 29th 2021

The Russell Group is a term that you may have heard your school teachers or friends mention when talking about universi...

Student Advice Placement Year

Nov 29th 2021

All you need to know if you are interested in having a placement as part of your degree,

Student Advice NCTJ Qualification

Nov 29th 2021

Those looking to work in the world of journalism will be thankful to know that there is a qualification for students lo...

Student Advice MRes Degree

Nov 29th 2021

An MRes is recognised all over the world and its become one of the most popular degrees in the UK. Many students come f...

Student Advice Mature Student

Nov 29th 2021

There are plenty of people who subscribe to the theory of “University is a young person’s game”, how wrong these people...

Student Advice MAT Test

Nov 29th 2021

Those looking to study anything involving mathematics will likely need to look into the possibility of sitting the MATS...

Student Advice What is the LNAT?

Nov 29th 2021

Getting into the world of Law is one of the most difficult things you can do. Universities have a fairly good rate for ...

Student Advice Why Learning to Cook Before University is a Good Idea

Nov 29th 2021

When you move out from home, one of the biggest challenges is to come to grips with losing home cooked meals, and even ...

Student Advice How to Revise

Nov 29th 2021

How do you revise? How do you revise so well that it’s almost impossible to fail? These are the questions every student...

Student Advice Honours Degree

Nov 29th 2021

There is nothing better than graduating, but graduating with Honours is something very special.

Student Advice HNC

Nov 29th 2021

HNC stands for Higher National Certificate and is a qualification awarded by Edexcel in England and a Higher National a...

Student Advice GAMSAT

Nov 29th 2021

Medical-based degrees are growing in popularity with each passing year and universities are starting to make sure that ...

Student Advice Dropping Out of Uni

Nov 29th 2021

University is not for everyone, we are the first to admit that and so are most universities. In fact, many students hav...

Student Advice DipTrans

Nov 29th 2021

What is a DipTrans? Well, we’ve got a guide below that tells you everything you need to know about a DipTrans.

Student Advice BMAT

Nov 29th 2021

If you're applying for some medical-based degrees, you may be required to sit the BioMedical Admissions Test, other...

Student Advice BEng

Nov 29th 2021

Students looking to take a more refined and structured approach towards the world of Engineering, should look at the BE...

Student Advice Attending University With a Learning Difficulty

Nov 29th 2021

Individuals who have learning difficulties or disabilities may find the university academic experience daunting, whethe...

Student Advice What is Access to Higher Education?

Nov 29th 2021

For students who have yet to study an undergraduate degree, there is a kind of degree out there, that is just for you!

Student Advice What is it Like to Study Engineering at University?

Nov 23rd 2021

An Engineering degree is one of the most sought-after degrees at university. Universities only accept the best for an E...

Student Advice How to Manage Working and Studying

Nov 23rd 2021

Balancing your studies and working part-time is essential, it can easily be done if our tips and advice are implemented.

Student Advice What are University Interviews?

Nov 15th 2021

During the university application process, you may find yourself being invited to one or more institutions for a face-t...

Student Advice Open Days: A Guide

Nov 15th 2021

At university open days you can expect to talk to tutors, lecturers and previous students who will offer advice about s...

Student Advice What is a Foundation Degree?

Nov 15th 2021

A foundation degree is an academic qualification that integrates relevant work-based connected to a particular job or c...

Student Advice TMUA

Oct 27th 2021

Admissions tests have become more and more common at major universities as applications rise every year.

Student Advice Pass Plus

Oct 27th 2021

The Pass Plus Test is a scheme run to help new drivers to gain confidence in driving and general road knowledge that go...

Student Advice CATS Test

Oct 26th 2021

So how do schools begin to judge the cognitive abilities of their students? Well, it’s not just by recommendations from...

Student Advice ECTS

Oct 26th 2021

With Brexit having been and gone, it’s time for UK students to look into the grading systems for European nations if th...

Student Advice CSCS Card

Oct 25th 2021

The CSCS Card is a huge part of working on a construction site and with more students working in the world of engineeri...

Student Advice What is an Undergraduate?

Oct 25th 2021

If you are going to university, pretty much everyone will, at some point, become an undergraduate, but just what is an ...

Student Advice Transferring Universities

Oct 25th 2021

Transferring universities is actually a lot more common than you think it is. Plenty of students spend all their time t...

Student Advice Part-Time Courses

Oct 21st 2021

Many students who go to university have started taking up the option of part-time study. Part time courses have become ...

Student Advice Lecture

Oct 21st 2021

Undoubtedly, when prospective candidates dream about attending university, they imagine all of the movies and televisio...

Student Advice Advice on Living at Home During University

Oct 19th 2021

Young adults who are choosing to begin their journey at university may have already overcome several tough decisions, f...

Student Advice UCAS Adjustment

Oct 11th 2021

Adjustment is an opportunity for potential students who have already filled out their UCAS application and have receive...

Student Advice Joint Honours Degree

Sep 13th 2021

Degrees can be a funny thing. Some are easier than others, some take a long time, and some are done in no time at all!

Student Advice SQA

Aug 5th 2021

The Scottish Qualifications Authority known for short as SQA is the national Scottish body responsible for accrediting ...

Student Advice Tuition Fees

Aug 4th 2021

After the 2010 UK elections, university tuition fees notoriously raised to up to £9,000 a year from £3,000.

Student Advice What is it Like to Study Business at University?

Aug 4th 2021

Business is a degree that is hyper-focused on getting you the best chance possible at any job you apply for. A Business...

Student Advice What is it Like to Study English at University?

Aug 4th 2021

English is a degree that requires a lot of reading and a lot of writing. However, it’s also one of the few degrees that...

Student Advice Why Planning at University is Going to Help

Aug 3rd 2021

Organisation isn’t a trait that every person, colleague and student has, however, planning at university is going to he...

Student Advice Internships

Aug 2nd 2021

Anyone can apply for an open internship unless the requirements ask for current university students or recent graduates.

Student Advice What is a Student Union?

Aug 2nd 2021

Not every single university has a student union, but it is extremely rare if the one you are thinking about going to do...

Student Advice University Interview Questions

Aug 2nd 2021

University interviews are a very daunting thing, especially if you’ve never ever actually had an interview before or if...

Student Advice Bachelor’s Degree

Jul 30th 2021

A Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree is an academic qualification designed to aid students to gain insight into a subje...

Student Advice What is a PhD or Doctorate?

Jul 30th 2021

A Doctorate qualification or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD/DPhil) is the highest academic level an individual can achieve.

Student Advice How Do I Change Universities?

Jul 28th 2021

Plenty of students believe that once they’ve decided to go to university that’s it, it’s all over and that there is no ...

Student Advice Mitigating Circumstances

Jul 28th 2021

Deferring and Mitigation can always differ for university-to-university and so many universities have so many different...

Student Advice Exam Revision Tips

Jul 28th 2021

The dreaded exam period can send even the most prepared students into panic mode.

Student Advice Living a Healthy University Lifestyle

Jul 28th 2021

During your first year at university, the pressures of studying combined with financial worries, a need to keep fit and...

Student Advice What to Do About Bullying at University

Jul 22nd 2021

Bullying at university is an issue that affects a huge number of people. Universities up and down the country will have...

Student Advice Two Year Degree

Jul 22nd 2021

One of the growing degrees in terms of popularity is that of the Two-Year degree, which we have provided you with a use...

Student Advice University Admissions Tests

Jul 22nd 2021

Admission tests are similar to university interviews, as institutions use these to determine whether they wish to offer...

Student Advice Oxford vs Cambridge

Jun 14th 2021

Oxbridge is the term used for both the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

Student Advice Language Barrier

May 5th 2021

Studying abroad can be the opportunity of a lifetime, however, in some cases, unexpected things can happen, and it may ...

Student Advice University Checklist

Feb 11th 2021

When going to university, you’ll come across a number of essential things that you need to take with you. You’ll need t...

Student Advice What to Do About Sexual Harassment or Rape at University

Feb 11th 2021

This article is one of the most unfortunate things that we have to cover on our website. At University Compare we aim t...

Student Advice SQA Results Day

Oct 7th 2020

SQA results day is a day full of mixed emotions, you are bound to feel excited, but it is also completely normal to fee...

Student Advice Nigerian Students Looking to Study in the UK

Sep 23rd 2020

In the city of London alone, there are nearly 3,000 students from Nigeria that are studying a course at a world-renowne...

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