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A levels: What next if you don’t go to University?

August 22nd, 2017 by Grace Dickins

Not everyone goes to university and whether you haven't got the grades or aren't sure what to do now you've finished school there are plenty of options. To help you reach a decision we have compiled a list of some alternatives.


If you already know what job you want to do and there isn't a specific degree for it then why not look into an apprenticeship. For example, due to a lack of engineers, many companies are... Read More »

The Top 10 Universities In The UK - 2015

January 27th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

The Complete University Guide, has released it's annual 'University League Table'. An aid to help students find the best university choice for them. The ranking is determined by 4 factors, Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Assessment and Graduate Prospects.

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Preparing for your Oxbridge Interview

November 20th, 2014 by Anita Lee

Oxbridge interviews are nearly upon us, so to warm you up (and just for fun), we're going to be posting some brain teaser questions on our Twitter feed @firsttutors. We hope that for those of you doing your A-Levels (and those of you tutoring), these questions will also provide great material for some stimulating sessions around your respective subjects.

There's an awful lot of mystery around interviews for Oxford or Cambridge. Our tips wo... Read More »

Finishing touches for your Oxbridge application form

October 8th, 2014 by Anita Lee

So, hopefully you've decided you're going to give Oxbridge a go and you're working away on your personal statement (if not, hint: start drafting!). There are loads of resources out there on what makes a good personal statement, including this ... Read More »

Should you apply to Oxford or Cambridge?

September 16th, 2014 by Anita Lee


In a word, yes. Here's five reasons why:

1. You'll probably get a very good job

I'm 10 years out of Cambridge and all of my friends who graduated from Oxbridge have now built solid careers, for the most part doing things they love (or if they don't love it, they get well paid for it). Of course there were a few years of trying things and working out what we all wanted to be, but we've all come good.

In the public/third sector y... Read More »

The Rise of For-Profit Higher Education

August 8th, 2013 by Dexter Findley

As Britain's second for-profit institution is granted the title of University we discuss the implications for-profit higher-ed will have on the landscape of UK education and society.

In Britain we have an ingrained, congenital suspicion of the Profit Motive. Thus, predictably, when the private BPP College of Professional Studies ascended to BPP University with the government's blessing, the UCU (University and College Union) decried the move. It will Open The Floodgates, they... Read More »

Is your child considering what degree to take?

October 27th, 2010 by Emily

If they enjoy literature, writing and discussions, your child might well enjoy and benefit from receiving tuition in preparation for a degree in English Literature.

English Literature is one of the classic degree subjects and is offered by all of the UK's top universities, which makes it a good option for any students aiming for an Oxbridge education.

Undergraduate students of English Literature study text... Read More »

English Literature: a classic A-level choice

October 18th, 2010 by Emily

Competition for university places is particularly fierce, thanks in part to the new generation of A*grades coupled with a drop in available university places as funding for higher education decreases. As it becomes acutely important for candidates to stand out, hiring a personal tutor is an excellent way of cultivating an edge for prospective university students.

There has been much news in the papers recently abo... Read More »

Preparing for university

September 9th, 2010 by Emily

If your child is off to university this autumn, then the whole family need to do a lot of preparation. It's important to have some frank and open chats with your student child as they prepare for their first taste of independent life.

Here are our five top tips to help your child prepare for university:

1. Make sure your child knows how to manage their finances. Set up a student bank account with them and discuss how to budget. If your child is going to have t... Read More »

Increase in bursaries gives hope to new students

August 10th, 2010 by Emily

In the run-up to the start of the university year, many students - especially freshers - will be worrying about the debt that they will accrue during their degree. Indeed, tuition fees and their effect on students' financial well-being have been at the top of the educational news agenda for some time.

This week saw some positive news, however, for some students. The Office of Fair Access (Offa), which protects access to univer... Read More »

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