Smart Advice: Broadening Your Students’ Horizons

A free online course from UCAS, to help advisers understand the wealth of UK higher education opportunities open to students.

6,590 enrolled on this course

Smart Advice: Broadening Your Students’ Horizons
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
  • CertificatesAvailable

Whether you are working as an adviser in a UK school or college or in an international setting, you have a critically important role to perform – your advice can be a life changer for students.

As an adviser, there is an expectation from parents or carers, as well as students, that you are conversant with the wide range of subjects, courses and qualifications that can be used for progression routes to higher education and into employment.

But given the scale and range of UK higher education (the largest degree sector in Europe), this can undoubtedly appear a daunting task for the new or less experienced adviser.

Increase your awareness of UK higher education study opportunities

Over two weeks, this free online course will help to bolster your confidence in answering students’ questions, by increasing your knowledge and awareness of UK higher education study opportunities. By the end, you will understand:

• the different progression pathways available to students;
• the subjects and courses available in UK higher education;
• and the benefits of using an online course and taking part in social learning.

Learn with UCAS experts and other advisors globally

The course has been developed by UCAS – the admissions service for all UK higher education institutions – and UCAS staff will act as tutors, to provide feedback and to answer as many questions as we can.

But you will also join a community of online learners, providing an opportunity for interactive learning with other advisers both in the UK and internationally.

Support your students with a complementary course

This course complements Smart Choices: Broadening Your Horizons – another free online course developed by UCAS, which will be available soon. Designed for young people in school, it will help them discover more about their post-18 options and pathways, and explore the wide range of subjects and opportunities offered in higher education.

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for advisers in schools and colleges both in the UK and internationally, but it will also be useful to anyone who provides advice on career and study options, such as international agents, community workers, foster carers or prison education staff.

Who will you learn with?

As Head of adviser experience, I am accountable for the effective management of UCAS’ relationship with advisory customers – schools, colleges, teachers, parents, advisers, and overseas agents.

Who developed the course?


UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Our services support young people making choices after their GC

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate

You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.