Parents and Carers
As a parent, guardian, or someone with care responsibilities you’re likely to have a big impact on your child as a trusted information source and adviser. We’ve put together this helpful page to support you and answer any questions you may have when your child is applying for one of our courses.
Advice for Parents and Carers
Join us at one of our Open Days. Find out more about the campus, courses available and speak with our current students and teaching staff.
You can register for an Open Day and get a feel for your future.
Your child will need to make a formal application through UCAS by 15th January. Your child’s school or college will often help with this task.
For more information about the application process and where to get started, please visit our application FAQS.
School visits and UCAS days
Our student ambassadors regularly attend schools and UCAS exhibitions to talk about the courses we offer, the students own experiences, the facilities available and the mixed methods of learning at AECC University College.
We can provide your child with help and advice on any aspect of student life with Student Services, NUS qualified representatives and our own staff members. Details on our academic assistance, pastoral care, counselling, welfare and support are available on our student services page.
Find out about Student services
There are two main expenses at university, tuition fees and living costs. Depending on your child’s circumstances and their course, a range of financial support is available. The main types of financial support are tuition fee and maintenance loans. You can find out more about financial assistance and course fees here.
Our students come from all over the world with students coming from Malaysia, Norway, Canada, India, South Korea Iceland are just a few. With 50% of our students coming from outside the UK the AECC University College campus is a place of rich diversity.
Every effort is made to make your child’s transition to university life stress-free, supporting through buddy-systems and personal tutor allocation, encouraging them to feel part of the AECC University College community, making supportive and lasting relationships.
Language support workshops are available on campus if you require extra help.
You can help prepare your child for living independently before the transition to university life.
For example, books about cooking on a budget, working out weekly budgets, and building independence and confidence can be really helpful.
It’s good to remind them that everybody is in the same boat! Naturally, offer any help and guidance along the way as this is a big milestone and let them know we can’t wait to welcome them and that support is available through our student services team.
Try to help them prioritise what's important for them – location, student mix, accommodation, facilities, social life, course, learning support – and then find universities that are the best match. Create a short list and make sure to attend an open day where possible.
UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
UCAS process all full-time applications to higher education. Your son or daughter will send their application to UCAS who will then forward it to the chosen institutions. The universities will then decide whether to make an offer, let UCAS know and UCAS will contact your child. More information about the UCAS application process can be found here.
15 October for Oxford and Cambridge universities and all medicine and dentistry courses elsewhere 15 January for all other applications. Universities may consider applications made after this date, but they are not obliged to.
Applications made by this date will have a decision by the beginning of May.
Basic information such as name, address and age, the date they are planning on starting university, grades or predicted grades, course and university choices and a personal statement (up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines).
More information can be found on our course specific pages.
It is possible provided you manage your time effectively for module study. Many students are employed on a part-time basis through local employers.