It can be difficult helping your child choose the right university – even if they know exactly what subject or course they want to study. Here's what to consider before they make their final decision.
While some students choose to live at home, others will want to live at university. Some will choose to move far away, and many will prefer to stay within a short drive. Accommodation costs can vary between universities so it’s something you should research and consider.
Some students choose universities based in busy cities, while others prefer a more rural setting. The University of South Wales has the best of both – vibrant city campuses in Newport and Cardiff, while our Pontypridd Campus is surrounded by green open spaces, while still just 10 miles from Cardiff. It's also worth considering how far you're prepared to travel to drop them off and pick them up at the end of term!
Your child may want to consider a university where they can pursue their hobbies and interests. The Univesity of South Wales is near some of the best beaches in the world, and the Brecon Beacons isn't far away for biking, hiking and climbing - if they enjoy outdoor activities, they'll be spoilt for choice.
Find out if the course is accredited as many employers will be looking for graduates who have studied an accredited course. Many courses at the University of South Wales have been accredited by leading professional bodies, so our students can be sure they have the right skills and knowledge to impress at interviews.
To help you understand the quality of teaching on the course, find out more about the academic staff. For example, students on the English courses at the University of South Wales are taught by published authors and prize-winning poets.
Meaningful work-related experience is becoming essential in today’s competitive job market. Work experience and employability are so important that they are built in to all the courses at the University of South Wales. Many courses even have modules that focus on employability.
The University of South Wales is the only university in Wales with a dedicated, central work experience team. As a result, 94% of our graduates are in employment or study within six months of graduation, which is much higher than the national average. (HESA Performance Indicator for Employment of Leavers 2013/14).
As a parent you want to know your child is in safe hands and they have all the support they need. The University of South Wales offers a wealth of support services, from our nurse-led health service, to our Disability and Dyslexia Service, Mental Wellbeing Team and chaplaincy. There are also advice centres at each campus, plus residential and welfare tutors based in the Halls of Residence and Students’ Union.