Post-16: transitioning to higher education

We are working with universities in Wales to create online learning experiences and events for learners in Year 13. These resources are being made available early to enable learners to carry on with their learning and prepare to transition to higher education.

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There are a number of exciting resources developed by Universities, Colleges and organisations so you can learn at your own pace. These include online lectures, master classes and tutorials. They also include information about university life.

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The links will take you to University pages and resources for you to explore. Why not start with the subject you are planning to study in September or use this time to learn about new and interesting topics. You decide.

We are working with the universities and Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol on Welsh-medium resources and will add these as they become available.

We will continue to add more resources to the page, so please check in regularly to see what’s new. If there is something that you would like to see more of, please let us know.

Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education

Year 13: Next steps to University – message from Will

10 things you can do to prepare for University now – Swansea University School of Management

Aberystwyth University: Information for Parents and Guardians Booklet

Careers and Employability Live: Don’t let coronavirus limit your ambitions – Swansea University Webinar

Financial support for students

Frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19

Further education: coronavirus

Get Ready For Uni Webinar – Cardiff Metropolitan University

Higher education and student support: coronavirus

How to talk about COVID-19: Advice for Parents

Navigating UCAS – Cardiff Metropolitan University

Parent blog – University of South Wales

Parents and Carers Guide to Finance Presentation – University of South Wales

Qualifications Wales

Schools vs University. What are the main differences? – Swansea University

Student Finance Wales

Supporting resources during the Covid-19 outbreak – UWTSD

Mental health and well-being toolkit

Positive wellbeing and mind set talk – University of South Wales

Supporting resources during the Covid-19 outbreak – UWTSD

Aberystwyth University: AberStories – YouTube Resources

Aberystwyth University: The Student Room

A video exploring a day in the life of a Primary Education Studies student – Cardiff Metropolitan University

Budgeting and funding – Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff University School of Medicine – Virtual Tour

Mentor scheme helping to prepare new students to study at university – Cardiff University

Optometry at Cardiff University

Podcast – UWTSD

Presentations – University of South Wales:

  • What are my options after school/ college?
  • How to choose a course and apply to university
  • A guide to the 2020/21 student finance package
  • Developing an effective personal statement
  • Managing stress and improving wellbeing
  • Network 75: Work, earn and learn
  • Parents’ and carers’ guide to student finance

Student blogs from Cardiff Met students

Supporting resources during the Covid-19 outbreak – UWTSD

Uni Life Webinar – Cardiff Metropolitan University

Virtual Tour of Swansea University

The Learned Society of Wales, the national academy for arts and sciences, celebrates its tenth birthday this month. To mark this, and to help support younger generations, we are a launching a competition to inspire curiosity, creativity and critical thinking, and to help students prepare for the next step of their studies.

We’re challenging year 11 and year 13 students in Wales to create an ‘explainer’ on a topic they will be studying in sixth form, college or university later this year. There are several prizes available in both age categories; each entrant will also receive a certificate. The first prize in each category is £300; runners up will receive £150.

To help inspire ideas, we will also host a number of Lockdown Learner Webinars. These will include sessions on the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson, and a masterclass on how parliaments work.

Other events will follow in the next few weeks.

Opening the competition, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, President of the Society said:

“We want to encourage the interest and aspirations of learners. This competition aims to inspire them to develop their natural talents, to be inquisitive and creative, and have fun.”

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to both kick-start careers and further established ones. Apprenticeships in Wales are available to anyone over the age of 16 and offer the opportunity to earn and learn at the same time, gaining a nationally recognised qualification. It doesn’t matter whether you leave school with a few qualifications, have picked up a load of GCSEs, just finished college or have already graduated with a degree, there is an apprenticeship to suit every individual.

All apprenticeships make sure you're job ready for the role you have trained for and are available in a range of sectors including Business and Management, Digital Technology and Engineering, available at four levels: Foundation; Apprenticeship; Higher Apprenticeship and Degree.

To find out more about apprenticeships and access a range of informational resources visit: