Higher education at 18+

Help for Widening Participation students

Universities are committed to Widening Participation, which means they believe that anyone with the ability who wants to go to university should have the chance to do so, whatever their economic or social background.

Each university wishing to charge tuition fees of more than £6000 a year has to have an 'Access and Participation Plan' approved by the government saying what they plan to do to get more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds onto their higher education courses – in particular into the country’s most selective universities.

Most universites offer an extensive programme of events and opportunities, as well as scholarships and bursaries. Contact the institution or search online to find out what support they offer.

Check out scholarships through Scholarship Search and other potential sources of funding by visiting the Office for Students.

See Scott's video about his experience of university as the first in his family to go

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