St. Mary's

University Advice

Research Your Choices

If you are interested in applying to Oxford or Cambridge, or for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Studies you will need to apply by early October in the first half term in the Upper Sixth and have A/A* passes at GCSE.

For vocational courses such as Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Science, Law and Teaching, work experience or shadowing is vital before you apply. Involvement in sport, drama, journalism and media is also important if you attend to apply for courses in these areas.

For some university degrees, the A level subject will be specified e.g. Biology or Human Biology for a degree course in Physiotherapy. For some degree courses such as Business Studies and Psychology, some universities require a GCSE pass in Maths at grade B or above. Make sure you check university websites early on.

Listed below are a few links to websites geared to helping provide information and help to students interested in continuing their education at university. Please note these are all external websites and as such we have no editorial control over them.


Our services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Complete University Guide

Our independent UK University League Tables and Rankings give you a good guide to which university is best for you, overall and by subject. We work closely with all main UK Universities, HESA and UCAS. We help students around the world research degree courses, universities and colleges – including accommodation, fees, and sport – and to make the right choice.


Prospects are experts in graduate careers. We help to guide students and graduates to a bright future with unrivalled information, advice and opportunities

The Russell Group

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. We believe people and ideas are the key to meeting global challenges. Through world-class research and education we are helping to create a dynamic economy, stronger communities and a better future for the UK.

UCAT Group

We cover all aspects of the UCAT, from what dates are best to sit the exam all the way to example questions and answers. The link to our free resources will allow students and teachers access to vital information which will lead to a successful medical application.

University Group

Uni Compare was founded to help the younger generation understand the application process and more importantly, realise their potential. We provide the right tools and we think we’re able to solve the national problem; lack of careers advice.