University can be portayed in a number of ways, but there are usually a few stereotypes and myths flying around that need to be busted!
Myth 1 - You have to do A Levels to get into uni
You may not realise this, but there are so many different routes that you can take in order to get into university. Although A Levels are one way in and possibly one of the most common, BTEC’s, Access Courses and other qualifications will allow you to apply to Higher Education. This is because university can be for anyone, whatever your subject or learning style.
Myth 2 - University is for young people
Personally, I know so many people at university who are parents, carers, or 'older than your average student'. Anybody can go to university at whatever age. It doesn't matter if you have a family, if you're working or if you've retired!
Some people want to do a degree because it’s something they’ve always wanted to do, and others go to university in order to progress in their career.
Myth 3 - University is full time and won’t work around my commitments
University is really quite flexible. You’re no longer in school having to complete everything within a set timeframe. Part-time courses allow you to fit your course around your working life. Maybe you’ll only come into uni once a week, but you’ll still get a great university experience and a degree!
Myth 4 - Student life is just parties and getting drunk
Yes, partying and socialising are part of student life, but only if you want it to be. Everyone likes different things, so you can fill your time with going to a sports club or society, going to new places around Ipswich, volunteering, working and more.
Fill your time with whatever you want to do. It’s your student experience, there's no right or wrong way to live it!