There are many different types of higher education provider in the UK and many different types of course. Here are some resources as a starting point, to help you make a decision, and some information about the work we do to support this.
Different things are important to different people when choosing a course, so try to think about what is important to you.
Unistats provides official data on things like employment, continuation rates and student satisfaction. It allows you to shortlist and compare undergraduate courses across the UK.
For students thinking about going on to a postgraduate course, Steps to Postgraduate Study offers information and advice on your study options, finance and other practical matters, and the benefits of study at this level.
UCAS is the portal where you can apply for most undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You can also find information on a range of topics, including apprenticeships and other routes.
If you are thinking of pathways other than HE, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions about learning, training and work.
Government student finance pages provide information on available financial support to help you make your decision. This includes links if you’re a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Student Finance England's pages on the Student Room provide more information about the range of student finance options.
UKCISA provides information and advice for students from outside the UK.
Provider websites and open days
Universities and colleges themselves are in the best position to give you the most in-depth information about individual courses.
See a directory of open days with links to provider websites
There are other resources which may be helpful in making decisions. These include sites which offer students the chance to engage with each other, and independent sites which bring information together on courses, universities, colleges and other course providers.
The Office for Students does not control the accuracy or completeness of these sources, so the inclusion of these links is not intended as an endorsement.