Work, rest or play after A-levels? There's a world of opportunity awaiting you

There are more options than ever for post A-level students. Jessica Moore says it's time to plan thoughtfully

Private universities: Why it pays to take the path less travelled

A budding sector that boosts prospects for those who know what they want. By Stephen Hoare

Gap Years: All the inspiration you need to take a break

A well-planned and productive gap year can launch your career in the right direction. By Russ Thorne

There's never been a better time to head abroad for your studies

Rising fees at home have made other countries a tempting destination for UK students. By Stephen Hoare

A brief guide to looking after yourself properly at university

Independence means it is time to take care of yourself - and others

Swap one island lifestyle for another

Head to the Caribbean to enrol on a course that could change your life, writes Simon Midgeley

Distance learning: Find your answers closer to home

Save money without compromising on quality by studying off-campus, writes Steve McCormack

Letter from the editor: A vicious downward spiral

Today, there will be some extremely nerve-jangled households.

A glorious climate makes Spain particularly appealing

Spain has a lot to offer aspiring medical or dental students. Entry requirements tend to be slightly lower than they are in the UK, and it usually costs less to live there. Yet that doesn’t mean you’ll receive a poorer education. Spain offers advanced teaching facilities in modern universities, courses taught in English, and the chance to experience Spanish culture first-hand.

Drugs could cleanse brain of bad memories

Fears about how drugs manipulate a person's memory are overblown, claims law professor Adam Kolber

University fees may fall as students hold out for a better deal

200,000 of this year's A-level candidates are expected to miss out on a university place this year

Richard Garner: A-level grading system that needs reform

For the past decade or so there has been endless debate about whether we should move to a system whereby A-level candidates apply to universities after receiving their results.

Crisis deepens for UK's young

One person in five in 16-to-24 age group is unemployed as record numbers to miss out on university places

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