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What to think about if you're in year 12

Maybe you’ve only just started dipping your toes into the idea of going to university. Maybe you’ve already planned everything you’ll be doing up to the age of fifty. In any case, it can’t hurt to know a little more.
 
Already got your heart set on what you want to study? Take a look here to see where it could take you in terms of a future career. If you already have a dream job in mind but have no idea how to get there, take a look here to see what sort of courses can get you where you need to be.
 
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What to think about if you're in year 13

If you’re still tweaking your application or personal statement it’s time to stop faffing, do one last spellcheck, and hit the send button.
 
But what if you still have empty choices to fill? It’s always worth having a back-up choice in case you don’t get the grades you were expecting. Our degree course profilesshow you what previous graduates got in their A-levels, so you can find a course you can get onto with the grades you may be dreading.
 
Even if it seems a million years in the future (it’s more likely only four) you should spend some time thinking about what will happen after university. With graduate unemployment pretty high right now, our course profiles will give you an idea of how quickly certain degrees will get you out of your mum’s house and into a stable job.

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In the news

Now, those are rank

The Times Higher Education have released their most recent version of the World University League table. The table features the top 200 universities supposedly according to "teaching, research and international outlook".

For the fifth year running, the number one spot has gone to the California Institute of Technology with Oxford taking second place. Europe puts on an impressive display with 105 out of the 200 universities being from a European country and 34 are universities in the UK.

The problem is that the measurements this league table (and most others) use to rate things like teaching have next-to-nothing to do with whether you'll be well taught. They're unlikely to be the things that matter to you. So, while league tables like this might give you an idea of which unis are highly regarded around the world, they're a terrible way to oick the uni that's right for you.
 
Our friends at Push helped create U-Multirank, which is a bit like an antidote to international league tables. Similar to Push's own Uni Chooser, you choose what factors matter to you and create your own ranking.
 

Social media, not so social

The chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) of schools, Chris King has noted that of the 260 schools involved in the HMC, almost half have recruited more counsellors over the past five years to help deal with the anxiety caused by social media pressure.

Alongside the ever prevalent issue of cyber-bullying, the chairman reported that record numbers of children are now reporting feelings of stress or anxiety over appearing popular on social media and feeling pressure to get ‘likes’ or ‘positive comments’.

Debt doesn't sound so good

An expert has recently criticised the large tuition fees imposed by the government, claiming that paying off student debt has forced graduates into boring, but stable jobs. Hugh Lauder, professor of political economy at the University of Bath, suggested that lowering tuition fees could encourage innovation and allow for more entrepreneurial ventures by graduates without any fear of not being able to pay back debt should their venture fail.
 
 
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