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Preparing your students for university

We understand how important teachers and counsellors are in preparing students for university and so we want to support you and your students with a range of resources.

Below you'll find resources to help your students through the university application process, including guidance on decision making and student finance.

We want students to thrive in the university learning environment once they arrive at Essex, so you’ll also find subject-specific and EPQ resources designed to help bridge the gap between A-level and undergraduate study, and guides to help the transition for students from overseas.  

Resources for students completing the university application process

These resources provide information about the university application process, such as personal statements and student finance, and we would encourage you to share them with your students (and their parents) in order to guide them through the process.

Resources for students studying the EPQ

We recognise that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a valuable qualification for students to undertake in preparation for study at university. The following resources are designed to introduce students to the key skills needed for writing their first research project.

You can also book an EPQ support session via our online enquiry form, or email for more information.

If you are part of our Schools Membership Scheme, our fully trained PhD Tutors are also available to provide workshops that cover the key skills required to complete the EPQ. These can be delivered either in your sixth form/college or at one of our campuses.

Resources for students studying A-Levels

Resources for A-level Maths students

We have an excellent relationship with the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) and with Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), the educational charity which manages the FMSP.

The University is a fund-holder for the FMSP, providing a centre for FMSP activity in the East of England. Dr Chris Saker is an FMSP Area Coordinator and he is based in our Department of Mathematical Sciences. The University is proud to be able to contribute to the excellent enrichment opportunities, teacher training and resources provided by the FMSP.

Registration with the FMSP is free and once registered teachers have access to free resources for teaching A-level Further Mathematics via MEI’s Integral website. Sample resources from Integral are available to try for free.

Resources for international students

Resources for teachers and parents

  • Reference writing guide (.pdf) - A guide for teachers and university counsellors responsible for writing references.
  • UCAS guide for parents (.pdf) - An introduction to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) which is used by most universities in the UK.
  • Transgender inclusion guidance (.pdf) - Guidance for schools liaison staff in the implementation of an inclusive approach to the delivery of activities.
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Schools Membership Scheme

Our Schools Membership scheme launched in 2015 to create a network of schools, sixth-forms and colleges across the UK and around the world. By identifying the schools, we work closely with each year, we are better able to allocate our resources, and are proud to offer our partner schools a range of exclusive benefits.

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Seven higher education institutions have developed exciting short online courses suitable for college students, teachers and advisers. The free AccessHE online courses range from specific subject introductions, to understanding how the university application cycle works.



In addition to all of these resources, we also have Essex101, a fully interactive online course which students can undertake in their own time or you can use in the classroom.

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External links and resources

Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS)

UCAS administers all of the applications to higher education courses in the UK. The UCAS website offers guidance and advice on higher education courses for students, careers advisers, parents and carers. Students can use the course search to browse and filter courses at universities across the country.

Student finance

  • gives detailed information about all aspects of student finance and is also the site through which finance applications are made. The finance calculator tool is also really helpful for getting an idea of how much money you might be entitled to for living costs whilst at university.
  • Money Saving Expert has a whole section on the student finance system from the perspective of an independent financial adviser.
  • The Student Loan Repayment website explains how students loans are repaid after university.
  • Students thinking of studying an NHS funded course or social work course will also need to look at the NHS website.

Comparing universities

  • Unistats is a detailed website that uses statistics on a range of issues to compare universities across the UK
  • The Complete University Guide collates a range of different league tables and allows comparison of universities based on a number of factors.

Visiting universities

  • allows students to find out when universities across the country are having open events so that they can plan a number of visits in order to find the right place for them.
  • Uni taster days is a one-stop source of university and higher education taster events, workshops and open days for teachers, careers advisers and students.

Graduate career opportunities

The Prospects website offers graduate job and careers advice. University can dramatically improve career prospects by increasing graduates average salary and offering them more choice and variety of jobs.