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Information for parents and carers

Making the right choice

Choosing which course, university and where in the country to study can be a daunting task and your child may be seeking your support and advice while making their decision.

So whether you already have a child at university or this is your first time supporting a young person with the application process, the aim of this page is to provide you with the correct and most up-to-date information and links to other pages around the site where you can find it.

You'll find guidance on the application process, giving you the facts necessary to support your child, or perhaps for starting at university yourself.

Parents’ information events and live chat sessions

Understanding higher education can be challenging, particularly for parents trying to support their children. These online events aim to help clarify choosing a course, the application process, student finance, and help parents and carers find out more about the benefits of attending university. Contact us at for more information.

University for care leavers event

This one day session backed by universities from across the South West is aimed at foster carers, social workers and personal advisers who support young people in care or care leavers. The free and informal event will help you to discover what higher education is all about and how you can help raise the aspirations of young people. Sessions will look at busting some of the myths around higher education and how to apply for university and student finance. There will also be a student panel. Find out more and book your place at the eventbrite website.

Open days

University of Gloucestershire open days have been designed to inform and inspire and to help prospective students make the right decision about their next step. They will help attendees discover what it's like to be a student here and how the university will enable them to develop a unique career plan.

The days provide an opportunity to meet our team of student ambassadors. These current first, second and third year students will be on-hand to provide up-to-the-minute advice and guidance on what it's really like to study here. The essential details of university life will also be covered in our Big Three talk, which answers questions like:

  • How do I get onto my dream course?
  • How can I afford to go to university?
  • Where will I live?

There's plenty more to discover with course sessions, one-to-one advice with lecturers and departmental representatives and campus tours. Visit our open day pages to find out more and book a place.