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Parents given tips on helping children choose university options

School-leavers need guidance when choosing where to go to university and what to study, which means their parents need to take a hands-on approach to helping them.

Speaking with The Telegraph, Andrea Robertson, Director of Relationship Management at UCAS, said: “We did a student survey last year and parents and family came out as a key influence in decisions about going to university, applying for places and accepting offers.”

Prospective students need assistance with choosing what education establishment to go to, which city to choose and what courses suit them best.

Entrepreneur James Caan, former Dragon’s Den star, was also quoted as saying parents should learn to micromanage. He said: “There is a delicate balance to be struck between providing support and becoming a source of stress.”

Caan recommended parents look after practical considerations and help their children by taking them to Open Days.

The news provider also noted that the popularity of going to university has increased over the last few years, with Danny Byrne, Editor of TopUniversities.com saying ten to 15% of school-leavers used to go to university during parents’ generations, while significantly more now consider a university career as the next step after doing their A Levels.

Indeed, UCAS has revealed 3.1% more people applied for a university place in 2013 compared with 2012.

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