Online resources for year 13 students

Participation in any of the below activities can count as Heading Higher Passport Plus experiences.

Exploring university

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

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 to get the most out of the session.

If you need the session in an alternative format, there is a transcript 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.

Maximising your time at university

This session outlines the vast number of opportunities and activities on offer for you at university, and how important it is to get involved in these from your first year onwards to boost your future employability prospects. The session is aimed at students in their final year of sixth form or college who have already applied to university.

Maximising your time at university session recording

Download our handout to get the most out of the session.

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

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.

Preparing for higher education study

UWE Bristol Library Services has created a range of online ‘How to’ workbooks to provide information and tutorials to help you get ready for the start of your degree.

How to make notes and read effectively

The aim of this workbook is to help develop your academic reading and note taking skills. You’ll learn to evaluate what to read and identify when skimming and scanning are useful tactics, as well as exploring how to prepare for lectures and techniques to build on your notes.

How to make notes and read effectively

How to reference and avoid plagiarism 

This workbook teaches you all about citing and referencing rules, so you’ll be able to correctly acknowledge sources and avoid any plagiarism in your assignments. It also shows you how to apply the best fit approach to different types of information and how to paraphrase effectively.

How to reference and avoid plagiarism

How to plan and structure your writing 

This workbook shows you how to properly plan and structure your writing. We’ll focus on techniques such as analysing assignment titles, organising your thoughts clearly and using paragraphs correctly.

How to plan and structure your writing

How to put your reading into writing 

This workbook introduces you to the concept of synthesis and why it’s important, as well as how to effectively summarise research and identify themes within reading. 

How to put your reading into writing

How to write critically 

In this workbook you’ll be encouraged to question your assumptions about information and evaluate evidence, helping you to develop the key skill of critical thinking.

How to write critically

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 wellbeing. 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 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

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

Getting ready to study at UWE Bristol

In this tutorial we look into how you will be taught, assessed and learn at UWE Bristol. We’ll also consider what’s expected when studying at university level, and the study skills you need to get the most from your time with us.

Prepare for study

Scholarships and bursaries

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

Webinars for schools and colleges

Our webinar series will give you all the information, advice and help you need to plan and prepare for your next steps.

Webinar series for schools and colleges