Why Higher Education?

There are so many different reasons why higher education is a good idea. Whatever your child’s dream job, their chances could be improved if they have a degree from a university or college.

Please read the statements below and decide whether you agree or disagree with each one. Clicking on True or False will give you the right answer and lots more information and things to consider.


Higher education is an investment in your child’s future.

True?
TrueYes, it is true!

Higher education is about getting a qualification that can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career. It opens the door to all kinds of jobs and opportunities and your child will learn other skills many employers want.

But it’s not all about the qualification. Securing a graduate job isn’t just dependent on having a good degree. Higher education also gives your child the opportunity to develop other skills that employers value, such as commitment, reliability and self-motivation. Encourage them to play an active role in college and university life by getting involved in activities. Taking on positions of responsibility, organising events and working with other people will help them to develop a good mix of skills. Your child will gain independence.

False?
FalseNo, it is true!

Higher education is about getting a qualification that can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career. It opens the door to all kinds of jobs and opportunities and your child will learn other skills many employers want.

But it’s not all about the qualification. Securing a graduate job isn’t just dependent on having a good degree. Higher education also gives your child the opportunity to develop other skills that employers value, such as commitment, reliability and self-motivation. Encourage them to play an active role in college and university life by getting involved in activities. Taking on positions of responsibility, organising events and working with other people will help them to develop a good mix of skills. Your child will gain independence.

Mythbuster: The subject you have studied will only get you a job in that particular field of work.


For some professions like law or medicine your child will have to have a relevant degree. But not all higher education courses lead onto a specific career path, but open up doors to many different careers.

Here are some examples of people who have done different things after university:
Harry Hill: Comedian and TV presenter. Studied medicine
Arsene Wenger: Football manager. Studied engineering
Emma Watson: Actress. Studied English Literature

For more information on careers have a look at the Pathways and Careers page or the Resources page.


University is only for rich people.

True?

False

No, it is false!

Higher education is for anyone who has the ability and ambition to achieve their full potential. There is no such thing as a ‘typical student’ as people go to university from a variety of backgrounds, age ranges and ethnic origins.

Your child is likely to graduate with debts – so is it really worth it? The long-term financial advantages of a degree far outweigh the costs associated with university-level study.

People who have been to university have higher employment rates, many in high-skilled jobs and with higher salaries, than those who haven’t. They generally earn more on average and are more likely to be promoted.

False?

TrueYes, it is false!

Higher education is for anyone who has the ability and ambition to achieve their full potential. There is no such thing as a ‘typical student’ as people go to university from a variety of backgrounds, age ranges and ethnic origins.

Your child is likely to graduate with debts – so is it really worth it? The long-term financial advantages of a degree far outweigh the costs associated with university-level study.

People who have been to university have higher employment rates, many in high-skilled jobs and with higher salaries, than those who haven’t. They generally earn more on average and are more likely to be promoted.

MYTHBUSTER: Everything has to be paid back immediately!

A tuition fee loan is available to cover tuition fees.

The maintenance loan is to help with other costs such as accommodation, travel, bills, food and clothing, books and socialising.
Students don’t have to pay these loans while they study – so your child will study first and pay back their loan only when they are earning over £21,000. Most students top-up their loans by working part-time.

Student Finance England (SFE) is the funding body that assesses your child for financial support.

This SFE video gives a short, clear explanation of student finance: Student Finance Explained
For more  information go to the Finance page.


There is no point in going to university when you could be gaining work experience during those three years.

True?

False

No, it is false!

There are so many different reasons why university is a good idea. Whatever your child’s dream job, their chances will be improved if you have a degree from a university or college.

The majority of new jobs during the next decade will require a higher level qualification such as a degree.

For some professions like law or medicine your child will have to have a relevant degree. But not all higher education courses lead onto a specific career path, but open up doors to many different careers.

You can find out more about apprenticeships on The Apprenticeship Guide website.

Go to the Pathways and Careers page to find out more or look at the websites listed on the Resources page.

False?

TrueYes, it is false!

There are so many different reasons why university is a good idea. Whatever your child’s dream job, their chances will be improved if you have a degree from a university or college.

The majority of new jobs during the next decade will require a higher level qualification such as a degree.

For some professions like law or medicine your child will have to have a relevant degree. But not all higher education courses lead onto a specific career path, but open up doors to many different careers.

You can find out more about apprenticeships on The Apprenticeship Guide website.

Go to the Pathways and Careers page to find out more or look at the websites listed on the Resources page.

MYTHBUSTER: Studying at higher education level is just like being at school or college!

Students studying higher education are expected to be responsible for their own learning and manage themselves and their time. In addition to lectures, students are taught in seminars and tutorials. Science subjects also have practical laboratory classes. Some courses include a work placement or a year with an employer to gain experience and skills for the workplace.

Go to the Resources page for more useful websites to look at and check the information provided by Our HE Partners.