This time of year would usually be my busiest, in my old life as Head of Sociology I would be frantically be running last minute revision sessions, I would undoubtedly have GCSE, AS Level and A2 students knocking on my door asking if I could just take a look at this essay on *insert some sociological theory*
This year I am the parent of children doing external exams. Next week I will have one doing SAT’s and one doing Science GCSE it makes me wonder just where the past fifteen years have gone. The conversation with Chloe has already turned to A Level choices and future Universities courses. I have had this conversation many times with students but when it is your own it is not such an easy topic and choice to make. We have already started thinking about Universities. This time of the year is when sixth form students are doing university tours and thinking about where they will be living. It is so important to go and visit the Universities and campus’s to see what it feels like. You need to get a feel for the local area and what is available for students. According to Stu-rates Bucks Uni is the second safest town for students. A good way to get to know a town is visit it at all hours of the day to see how it feels. You could stay at the High Wycombe Hotel to really experience the area.
Choosing a Universitiy should be based on several factors. Primarily the course will be the number one factor. Some courses at Universities are very popular and some are only available at specific Universities. Read course outlines too see if it is the right course for you. My husband travelled from Worthing to Middlesborough to be on the right course (Forensic Science). Secondly you need to consider cost of living. Obviously living in the South East is more expensive than living in the North East. Therefore do take the cost of living into account – whilst student loans exists University is now an expensive option. Tuition fees are 9K per year and then you need the cost of living.
If shopping is your thing you will enjoy the Eden shopping center and again as a student that can be a great place to secure some part time work which is now essential for many students.
There are also areas for play with lovely parks and open areas in the surrounding parts of High Wycombe. It really does seem to be a good base for students and student life.
This post is in association with IHG