Our main resource for learners is our University and Me Guide, which contains everything you need to know about higher education and how to get there.

We also have the following resource Higher Education: Adults Returning to Study which is specifically targeted at mature learners (those aged over 19).

Further resources can be found below.

General IAG


Information from the government about apprenticeships and traineeships www.apprenticeships.org.uk

National Apprenticeship Application Portal www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

GM Apprenticeship IAG project www.apprenticeshipsgm.org.uk

Interserve Learning and Employment North-West Apprenticeship Advice Project https://apprenticeshipadvice.co.uk

Rochdale Apprenticeships www.rochdaleapprenticeships.org

Which? Guide to Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships


Career Journey Map from NCS

Find relevent information about what to do now and next www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/youngpeople/Pages/Youngpeople

Career Point

Virtual environment for careers information, advice and guidance in Greater Manchester www.careerpoint-gm.co.uk

Careers Box

Online library of careers related film, news and information www.careersbox.co.uk

Engineering Futures

Information, advice and guidance about careers in engineering and progression routes in Greater Manchester www.engineeringfutures.org

Greater Manchester Higher IAG Leaflet

Advice about higher education and common progression routes, including what you should be thinking about at each stage of your journey Greater Manchester Higher IAG leaflet

Gov.uk information on qualifications

A breakdown of the most common types of qualifications offered in England, Wales and Northern Ireland www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/compare-different-qualification-levels

I could

Explore career options and progression routes www.icould.com

Informed Choices

Advice from the Russell Group about choosing GCSE and A level subjects www.russellgroup.org/InformedChoices-latest.pdf

National Careers Service

Impartial advice about choosing qualifications and progression routes www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Not going to uni

Options for students who are considering options other than higher education www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Oxford and Cambridge Outreach

Information about applying to Oxford and Cambridge and the outreach activitiy they offer all in one place www.oxfordandcambridgeoutreach.co.uk


Interactive quizzes designed to help you find your dream career www.plotr.co.uk


Information about a variety of career paths www.prospects.ac.uk

Pure Potential

Information about a range of options at post-18 including higher education, apprenticeships, school leaver programme and acess to the professions and employment www.purepotential.org


Independent guide to universities www.push.co.uk

Success at School

Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19. Search jobs, advice & find out about employers, work experience, courses, career choices, apprenticeships www.successatschool.org


Lists all the higher education courses available across the UK www.ucas.com

UCAS Progress

Progress is UCAS’ information, advice and admissions service for young people making decisions about what and where to study after their GCSEs irrespective of whether or not they’re thinking about higher education www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses


The official website for comparing UK higher education course data www.unistats.ac.uk

Mature Students

Access to HE

Information about and searchable database of Access to HE courses for adults returning to education www.accesstohe.ac.uk/

Greater Manchester Higher Adults Returning to Study Guide

This impartial guide is a starting point for adults (defined as anyone over 19) who is thinking about returning to education and studying a higher education (HE) course and takes into consideration key factors that might be important to this group such as finance and childcare. Higher Education: Adults Returning to Study

PEARL website- Part-time Education for Adults Returning to Learn

The PEARL website offers information, advice and support to guide learners through a range of educational opportunities from short, free online courses through to higher level learning. Learners can use the ‘Advise me tool’ to get personalised advice on the best options for them, browse through a bank of inspirational case studies to see what they too could achieve and get all the information they need to get started. www.pearl.ac.uk

SPN Free online courses

Interactive and fun to do courses, each one consists of approximately 15 hours of learning, but can be studied in shorter chunks of time. You can collect online badges as you complete each section of a course. These digital badges can be shared with employers and displayed on social media sites.

The courses are:

• Supporting children’s development

• Introducing practical healthcare

• Caring for adults

• Taking part in the voluntary sector

• Planning a better future

• Starting your small business


The University of Manchester Adult’s Returning to Education Guide

A dedicated guide for adults returning to education, issues covered are based on the experiences and ideas of adult students studying at Manchester in recent years documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=18122

Manchester Metropolitan University 5 Steps to University Video for Mature Students

An essential guide to help mature students get started with their university application. The video includes information, advice and guidance about how to research the right course for you, entry requirements, the application process and student finance youtu.be/CQdkmtH6hyQ

University of Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

Information about the alternative entry scheme at the University of Salford for mature students or students without traditional qualifications www.salford.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/salford-alternative-entry-scheme

Care-experienced Students


Find out what events are on offer from your local Higher Education Providers

National Network for the Education of Care Leavers

Information and events targeted specifically at care-experienced learners www.nnecl.org

Inspire Me

The essential app for care leavers by care leavers, it enables former
care leavers who are now living independently and learning or working, to share
their positive stories inspire-me-live.herokuapp.com/

Northern England Care Leaver Activities and Student Support (NorthCLASS)

Information about provision for care leavers at institutions in the North of England documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=12241


Impartial information about provision for care leavers at all UK higher education providers www.propel.org.uk

The University of Manchester Information and Guidance for Care Leavers

Information for Care Leavers specific to the University of Manchester documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=8259

Disabled Students


Find out what events are on offer from your local Higher Education Providers

Disabled Student’s Allowance

Information from the government about the financial support available for disabled students (please note this is subject to change for 2016-17 academic year onwards and full details have not yet been confirmed) www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/what-youll-get

Into Higher Education Guide

Guide from Disability Rights UK about Higher Education www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sites/default/files/pdf/IntoHE2015.pdf

Factsheets and Guides for Disabled Students

Information from Disability Rights UK about a number of issues facing Further Education and Higher Education students such as funding and where to get advice and support www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/benefits-information/factsheets/education-factsheets

Student Finance

You can access student finance information in a number of different ways:



The Student Room


Repayment Calculator