Parents & Carers Guide to University

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Get clued up on what to expect from the university application journey.

There's a lot to consider when supporting someone applying for university. From picking a course to applications and interviews, finding the right accommodation and settling in, this is your one-stop-shop as a parent or supporter.

Why Falmouth?

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Years of Creative Innovation

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Safest University Setting*

With more than 120 years' experience, industry-standard facilities and professionally practicing lecturers, this is the place for students to hone their craft and gain the tools to build an effective career in the modern world. 

* Complete University Guide 2022

Applying for study

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Deciding on the right course

Courses range from Architecture to Game Development to Film. Consider what your child is passionate about and practicalities like whether to study on campus or online.

Deciding on the right course
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The university application process

Find out key dates, ways to apply, what preparation your child may need to do and what to expect during the process.

The university application process
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Student Finance FAQs for Parents and Carers

To help you understand the process, deadlines and what you need to do, we’ve created some FAQs to ...

Student Finance FAQs for Parents and Carers
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Parents & Carers Guide to Online Study

See how you can support a student considering an online degree at Falmouth.  

Parents & Carers Guide to Online Study
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Is your child applying as an international student?

There are different ways to apply if your child is an international student and additional considerations it's worth bearing in mind such as visas.

Is your child applying as an international student?
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Visit with your child

Get to know the campus, meet lecturers and hear from our current students on what your child's university experience could be like.

Visit with your child
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Clearing Advice for Parents, Guardians and Carers

What is Clearing? How can your child apply? And how can you support them through the process? Find o...

Clearing Advice for Parents, Guardians and Carers

Getting lost in the jargon?

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Meet our team

Our friendly team are often available at educational fairs throughout the year to offer advice and answer any questions about studying at Falmouth. Check out where we'll be by clicking the button.

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Preparing for student life

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How much will studying cost?

Costs vary depending on what course your child is studying. This guide offers general information on what costs to expect and think about when your child goes to university.

How much will studying cost?
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Funding your child's studies

Finance is an important part of your child's study plans. Understand tuition fees, potential living costs and funding opportunities here.

Funding your child's studies
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Accommodation when studying

Find out what accommodation options are available for your child as well as how and when to apply.

Accommodation when studying
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Student Finance FAQs for Parents and Carers

To help you understand the process, deadlines and what you need to do, we’ve created some FAQs to ...

Student Finance FAQs for Parents and Carers

How we'll support your child

We take supporting your child during their university life seriously. We not only offer academic support, but access to mental health and wellbeing services, advice about money, a multi-faith chaplaincy and accessibility and inclusive learning support.

Explore our student support
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Settling in

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Getting here

Find out how to get here whether from the UK or internationally by car, rail or plane.

Getting here
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Arriving & getting settled

Read about what your child can expect on arriving at university and the key things they'll need to do.

Arriving & getting settled
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Exploring Cornwall

We're based in a beautiful part of the UK. Find out what your child has to look forward to and what you can do together when you visit!

Exploring Cornwall
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Life as a Falmouth student

Discover what student life looks like at Falmouth, including the creative community, weird & wonderful festivals and beautiful surroundings.

Life as a Falmouth student
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Supporting your child

From academic skills workshops to mental health and wellbeing, find out how we'll support your child during their studies at Falmouth.

Supporting your child

After university

It isn't just about a student's time studying with us, we're invested in their future. That's why we have a dedicated Employability Service, alongside a buzzing alumni network, and all our degrees are focused on in-demand workplace skills.

What do our students do with their degrees?

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What can you do with an Art and Design degree?

An Art or Design degree is an opportunity to channel your creative flair by exploring a range of med...

What can you do with an Art and Design degree?
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What can you do with a Photography degree?

A professional Photography degree gives you the opportunity to develop your unique creative practice...

What can you do with a Photography degree?
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What can you do with a Music, Theatre or Performance degree?

Whether you want a career performing on stage or behind the scenes, a degree in Music, Theatre or Pe...

What can you do with a Music, Theatre or Performance degree?
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What can you do with a Games or Computing degree?

Studying a degree in Computing or Games will open doors for an exciting and potentially lucrative ca...

What can you do with a Games or Computing degree?
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What can you do with a Film, Television or Animation degree?

With British TV and film production at an all-time high, there has never been a better time to enter...

What can you do with a Film, Television or Animation degree?
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What can you do with a Fashion degree?

A degree in Fashion offers you the chance to build a portfolio and gain valuable work experience so ...

What can you do with a Fashion degree?
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What can you do with a Business, Marketing or Events degree?

The professional and commercial skills taught on a Business, Marketing or Events degree can be appli...

What can you do with a Business, Marketing or Events degree?
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What can you do with an English, Creative Writing or Journalism degree?

Studying a degree in English, Creative Writing or Journalism is more than just crafting the perfect ...

What can you do with an English, Creative Writing or Journalism degree?

Explore our Employability Service

A student can access career support and advice from our Employability Service from day one of their studies, right through to graduation and beyond. We offer tools and resources to prepare them for their career and to help them find employment opportunities.

Read about our Employability Service
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