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Unread 17 Mar 19, 04:46 PM  
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Went through it all recently as my daughter is in her first year at uni now and will probably be going through it all again with our youngest in the next few years (2023)!
My advice is first think about what they want to study and whether they want to live at home or move out. These two things will be the biggest choices theyll make initially.
Next based on the above choices, visit open days applicable only to those choices. No point in looking at Unis/courses they have no intention of studying at (unless they arent totally decided of course).
Next, once all choices have been made, visit all applicants/taster days. IMO and based on experience, these are far more valuable than the open days. Your child will get a real feel for the Uni and course at these days, much more so than at the open days.
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Have done this once with DS but DD is planning to go in 2020. TV and Film Production (not media studies or film studies... ). Weve been to Westminster. I didnt like it. Rank halls and Uni split across 4 sites so small student population where her course is held. The course seemed great however. We have York, Middlesex and Royal Holloway planned but she still needs to choose some others.
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Hi, my daughter is planning to go in 2020 too. She is hoping to study History and Politics. We also have the problem of most open days being on a Saturday as DD works every Saturday. So I guess we have to plan carefully.

Thank you FamilyGWales for posting the links, I've just signed up for UCAS parent info and saved the open day page to my favourites.

It's been along time since DH went to uni so we feel like first timers, will be following this thread with interest.
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Good luck - we have been through it this year! The 2019 thread has been a great help as we are not UK based!

We have also been through the Hong Kong and the French systems so it has certainly been a rollercoaster! Indeed, the French one is only just beginning!

Now we have the toughest part - the actual exams!
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Good luck everyone, I really enjoyed our open day visits with Dd.
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Originally Posted by Debsie25 View Post
Hi, my daughter is planning to go in 2020 too. She is hoping to study History and Politics. We also have the problem of most open days being on a Saturday as DD works every Saturday. So I guess we have to plan carefully.

Thank you FamilyGWales for posting the links, I've just signed up for UCAS parent info and saved the open day page to my favourites.

It's been along time since DH went to uni so we feel like first timers, will be following this thread with interest.
About open days, we have the opposite problem - most of the earlier open days have been set for week days, when our son will still be in school, after this years exams but will have started next years work. Some of the open days he can attend, the Saturday ones are later on in the year and he wants to get on looking at Universities.
Hope your DD manages to juggle her work schedule
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We found last year that a lot of open days are on Saturday or Sunday. However if the University only does weekdays, check out June dates as most exams are over by then, or students dont always need to attend school/college unless they have an exam, so weekday open days are easier to get to then. Word of caution on this though would be to check the exam timetable first as you dont want to book the open day then discover it clashes with an exam 😀
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Ours were a mix of week day and weekends.
My daughter was allowed 2 days off during term time to attend these kind of days. Cant remember if it was for open days or applicants days, may have been both/either.
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