Online resources for year 12 students


Exploring university

Information and advice to help you learn more about university and how to make an application.

Pathways at 18

This session gives an up-to-date overview of the post-18 options available to you, including Higher Education, apprenticeships, employment and gap years. It answers common questions many students have and provides key facts to help you decide which pathway will suit you best. The session is particularly helpful for students in the autumn/spring term of Year 12, as you begin to consider your options.

Pathways at 18

Download our handout (PDF) to get the most out of the session. If you need the session in an alternative format, there is a transcript available (PDF).

Why go to university?

This session highlights how studying in higher education can increase your employability and offers many benefits personally. It also looks at the common concerns many students have when weighing up this option for themselves. The session is useful as a starting point to consider your post-18 options (typically from spring onwards in Year 12).

Why go to university session recording

Download our handout (PDF) to get the most out of the session.

If you need the session in an alternative format, there is a transcript (PDF) available.

Choosing courses in higher education

This session covers the many different factors you need to consider when choosing courses and universities. It's been designed to help you feel more confident in making this decision and clearer about what you want to do next. We recommend that you complete this session before beginning your own research into higher education courses.

Choosing courses in higher education session recording

Download our handout (PDF) to get the most out of the session.

If you need the session in an alternative format, there is a transcript (PDF) available.

Writing your personal statement

This session explains all about the personal statement, including what it is and why it's such a key part of any successful UCAS application. We'll offer useful advice on how to structure your statement and the content, as well as tips to help you stand out from the crowd. At the end of this session, you should feel confident and all set to get started on writing your statement. It's useful if you have already chosen the degree course you would like to study before doing this session.

Writing a successful personal statement session recording

Download our handout (PDF) to get the most out of the session.

If you need the session in an alternative format, there is a transcript (PDF) available.

Healthcare personal statement resources

If you are specifically interested in a career in healthcare, use these helpful resources to write your personal statement:

Fees, funding and finance

Tuition fees and the cost of living away from home is a big investment. That’s why it’s important that you have all the facts and know what it will cost. These sessions from UWE Bristol’s money advice team cover fees, funding, repayments and budgeting. At UWE Bristol, we also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to new students and applicants.

For information on eligibility for student funding and how to make an application, please watch Student Finance England's video guides.

Money-Ready for University is a collection of useful online tools and guides to help you understand and prepare for the financial realities of university study.

Ask an adviser

UWE Bristol's team of qualified careers advisers is now available to answer any questions from students considering study in higher education. Before you ask a question, it's a good idea to spend some time researching your options and thinking about your preferences. We hope this service will help you to understand the options available to you and feel clearer about your next steps.

Email your questions to us at

To help us best answer your question:

  • remember to let us know which subject(s) you're currently studying, as well as any plans you have for higher education study and anything else that's relevant to your question
  • make sure you don't include any sensitive or personal information in any question you submit
  • contact us using your school or college email account only, not a personal email address.

We'll get back to you within five working days.

Developing skills

Resources to increase your confidence and develop the skills needed to succeed at university.

Building a skills portfolio

This session highlights the importance of recognising your personal skills and gives advice on communicating these skills confidently and effectively. This will help you to successfully apply for university courses and jobs in the future. It is ideal for students starting post 16 courses, as this will give you time to develop your skills through a range of activities and opportunities.

Building a skills portfolio

Download our handout (PDF) to get the most out of the session. If you need the session in an alternative format, there is a transcript available (PDF).

Heading Higher Passport Plus

Heading Higher Passport Plus (HHP+) is a scheme that helps to prepare Level 3 learners for higher education and earns them up to 16 UCAS tariff points towards their offer to study at UWE Bristol. Starting in Year 12/FE Year 1, students complete a range of activities to help them feel more confident about their higher education study plans. To guarantee HHP+ benefits, eligible learners must register by the January UCAS deadline.

For a presentation on all you need to know about the UWE Bristol HHP Plus scheme, plus a range of other useful resources, please see the HHP Resources.

Heading Higher Passport Plus

Future Quest

Future Quest is a programme for students in Years 9 to 13, giving you all you need to know about higher education and your options ahead. You will also learn about life and study skills, as well as how to develop your self awareness, self confidence and resilience.

The Future Quest team are now offering all schools and colleges free access to their collection of interactive online resources, which are updated regularly. You will need to register on the website to be able to access the materials.

Future Quest

UWE Bristol student experiences

Find out more from current students about studying different subjects, life in Bristol, applications and getting ready for university.

Ask a student - Chat online with current UWE Bristol students

We have a team of friendly and enthusiastic student ambassadors, who are all current students at the University, ready to answer any questions our prospective students and applicants may have. Students can browse student ambassador profiles on our secure platform, and then select the one they want to talk to, whenever it suits them.

Chat to students

Creative courses digital portfolio advice

Watch current creative degree course students here at UWE Bristol share their top tips for putting together your own digital portfolio. In addition to the great advice in this video, make sure you check our course information pages for programme specifics as well as our selection page for the most up-to-date portfolio requirements.

UWE Bristol student views blogs

Our students share their stories all about life at UWE Bristol - including applying and transition to university, living in Bristol, student support, placements at home and abroad, study tips and health and well being. See what they have to say.

Student views blog

Introducing UWE Bristol campuses - Student led tour

Take a short video tour, led by our student ambassadors, to find out more about the fantastic facilities available on our Frenchay, Glenside and City campuses.

Student led tour

Student life at UWE Bristol

Find out all about student life at UWE Bristol from one of our current students. Biomedical Science student, Stephanie Udoh, gives you the lowdown on everything from settling in, accommodation and courses to facilities and opportunities to get involved in during your free time.

Student life at UWE Bristol recording

If you need the session in an alternative format, there is a transcript (PDF) available.

Studying at UWE Bristol

Find out more about our wide range of courses, campuses and facilities and the support services available.

Coronavirus guidance for prospective students

Find the latest updates about our response to COVID-19 and prospective student FAQs.

Coronavirus guidance

Applying to UWE Bristol

For students considering applying to UWE Bristol, the following links provide everything you need to know. From how to apply for your chosen course to what happens at each step in the UCAS process, it’s all covered. You can also find out more about our city, accommodation, campus and facilities, sports, activities and societies, and ways to get involved in volunteering, music or other things that matter to you.

Undergraduate applications
Life at UWE Bristol

UWE Bristol degree subject talks

Hear more from our subject leaders about our pioneering courses and why UWE Bristol is a great place to study. Find out all about the range of exciting courses available, what you will study and where it could take you in the future. Just choose an area of interest from the 'Explore your subject area' drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Undergraduate subject talks
Browse our courses by subject area

Our campuses

UWE Bristol is spread over three campuses, all just a short bus ride from one another, and each of our sites has its own friendly community and offers something unique. Over the last five years, we've invested £300 million into our state-of-the-art facilities to create the most effective and empowering setting for our students and people to discover their potential.

Be inspired by our campuses
Virtual tours of Business block, Engineering block, Glenside Campus

Accommodation at UWE Bristol

Campus or city living? Ensuite or separate shower room? The choice is yours. We want you to feel at home from the moment you arrive. Take a 360 degree tour of our different living spaces and get useful advice from our team of accommodation experts.

How to choose your accommodation at UWE Bristol video

Scholarships and bursaries

At UWE Bristol, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to new students and applicants.