Parents and Carers

Applying to university is an exciting time for your son or daughter life. As a parent or carer you’re likely to have a big impact on your child as a trusted information source and adviser.

Advice for Parents and Carers

Planning and Preparing 

As a parent or career you’re likely to have a big impact on your child as a trusted information source and adviser. We summarise some of the key information which is useful for you to know to support your child with planning and preparing to go to university.

Your son or daughter will start to plan their university application and there are various considerations that need to be made. Listed below we have included some answers on key information, and the things they will probably need to bear in mind.

Common Questions and Answers

Making An Application Through UCAS

Once your child has chosen the courses that interest them most, it’s time to start their application. First, they’ll need to register to UCAS – it only takes about five minutes to enter their basic details and setup security information. If your child is applying through a school, they will be given a ‘buzzword’ so their application can be linked to their school.

If they’re applying independently, there will be a few additional questions they’ll need to answer. Once they’ve registered, there are seven sections to complete including

  • Personal details
  • Additional information
  • Student Finance
  • Choices
  • Education
  • Personal statement
  • Employment

We've included below a short UCAS video, which is helpful for you to watch to discover more, before they get started on their application.


What to Expect from Student Life

The Leap is the transition from school to university and can be a mix of anticipation, excitement and anxiety.  Unite Students carried out an extensive report across the UK to find out what students and parents expect from student life.  This report pulls together these insights, providing handy recommendations for you to give your child the best chance to make a positive start at university.

Get A Feel For Our Campus 

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 below for an Open Day and get a feel for your future.

Register for an Open Day

Why Choose Us?

As a small, specialist institution we're very fortunate that we can get to know our students, and they can get to know us too. Compared to many other higher education institutions, your child won't just be a face in the crowd.

At AECC University College we take pride in giving your child the best experiences, and equipping them to achieve success and reach their potential both in their academic and personal development. 

The Application Process

Your child will need to make a formal application through UCAS website by 15th January. Your child’s school or college will often help with this task.

For more information about the application process, please visit the links below.

Application FAQs

Interview Days

Your child may be invited to attend an interview here at the University College for some of our courses. These usually take place between November through to March.

Group interviews are led by a senior member of admissions or academic staff and last around 35-40 minutes. Your child will get the chance to ask questions and to meet other potential students. We aim to tell you the outcome of the interview within five working days.

In exceptional circumstances, Skype interviews are available if your child is unable to attend, for example if you live abroad.

Campus Days

Your child may be invited a campus day here at the University College, which takes place between typically February and April.

Campus days allow your child to understand more about the course or courses they have applied for or are interested in. These specially designed days will give your child a taste of what the teaching on the course will be like, and a chance to get to know the academic tutors who teach on the programmes. 

Results Day

Once your child has sent their application and visited us for an interview or campus day, then we may offer your child an unconditional or conditional place on one of our courses.

Unconditional: We look forward to welcoming your child in September.

Conditional: Receiving their results will be an important time. We hope they secure the grades that we have asked for.

If your child’s grades are not what we required, please don’t worry. Encourage them to get in contact with our Admissions team to discuss their options, and any queries they may have - and remember, many universities offer courses through UCAS Clearing. 


If your child is successful and we have confirmed their place, then congratulations! Their efforts have been well-deserved and, from September, they will join AECC University College to start their university journey. 

School Visits and UCAS Days

Our Student Ambassadors and academic tutors regularly attend schools, colleges and UCAS exhibitions, talking about the different courses we offer, a students' experience, the facilities and clinics available to them on campus, and the mixed methods of learning, and multidisciplinary environment we offer here, at AECC University College.

Student Services

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.