Resources and advice to help students prepare for the transition from secondary school to university and beyond, and to make their first year at university a success.

This toolkit has been created by Abingdon School in the hope of being useful to all university applicants, but please double check with your own school if there is anything that is unclear or you are not sure about.

Degree subjects at a glance: an overview of the best unis to apply to, entry requirements, A Level subject requirements, average contact hours, typical modules, career prospects and so on.

One of the best things you can do to strengthen your university prospects is to get reading and learning in areas related to your favourite subjects. That might mean scientific magazines, academic books or great literature, it could also mean podcasts, radio shows, documentaries or online tutorials. Take a look at this list of recommendations sorted by subject. It’s aimed at Year 11 students but hopefully helpful for anyone thinking about applying to university. The list is by no means exhaustive and students are strongly encouraged to pursue opportunities for learning that are personal and relate to their specific interests. The main thing is to be curious!