Parents/Carers

Do you have questions or concerns about your child’s future choices? Are you unsure how to support their decision making? Have you considered their options of progression into higher education?

Parents and carers have a huge influence on young peoples’ life choices, including their future progression. This can be difficult and confusing to navigate, particularly if you haven’t got experience of higher education yourself, or things have changed since you were in that position. Perhaps you have concerns about student finance and the cost of higher education. You may be worried about their additional academic or personal needs, and you’re not sure if higher education would be able to support these needs.

These are all normal and expected worries; most parents and carers have many similar concerns. We are here to provide the information that you need, to help your young person make the right choices for them. We specialise in helping people (parents and carers included!) find out more about higher education. This doesn’t always mean university; it could be college courses or apprenticeships, check out our Hepp Connects page for more information about events related to you.

Download our booklets (below) with lots of tips and information, to help you support your child to start exploring, and understanding their options. Or visit our partners’ websites where you can find out more about their offers:

Sheffield Hallam University – Information for parents and carers

The University of Sheffield – Information for parents and carers


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Hepp Benefits of Higher Education Film

Hepp Benefits of Higher Education Film

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Hepp Higher Education Myth-busting Film

Hepp Higher Education Myth-busting Film

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Hepp Choices & Pathways Film

Hepp Choices & Pathways Film

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Hepp Student Finance 2020/21

Hepp Student Finance 2020/21

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Booklet

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To Go or Not To Go? The Hepp Guide to Higher Education Hepp guide to higher education. In this booklet there is information about student finance, benefits of higher education, student life, choices and pathways, degree apprenticeships and degrees in colleges.

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To Go or Not To Go? The Hepp Guide to Higher Education (Urdu)

اعلی تعلیم کے لئے Hepp گائڈ جو اردو میں ترجمہ ہوا ہے۔ اس کتابچے میں طلباء کی مالی اعانت ، اعلی تعلیم کے فوائد ، طلباء کی زندگی ، انتخاب اور راستے ، کالجوں میں ڈگری اپرنٹسشپ اور ڈگریوں کے بارے میں معلومات موجود ہیں۔

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To Go or Not To Go? The Hepp Guide to Higher Education (Somali) Hepp wuxuu hagayaa tacliinta sare oo lagu turjumay afsoomaali. Buug-yarahaan waxaa ku jira macluumaad ku saabsan maaliyadda ardayda, faa'iidooyinka tacliinta sare, nolosha ardayga, xulashooyinka iyo waddooyinka, barashada xirfadaha iyo shahaadooyinka kulleejooyinka.

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To Go or Not To Go? The Hepp Guide to Higher Education (Arabic)

دليل Hepp للتعليم العالي المترجم إلى اللغة العربية. يحتوي هذا الكتيب على معلومات حول تمويل الطلاب ، ومزايا التعليم العالي ، والحياة الطلابية ، والاختيارات والمسارات ، والتدريب المهني للحصول على درجات علمية ، والدرجات العلمية في الكليات.

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Information Resource

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“How to support your learner during revision season!” – 5th edition of our parent, carer and supporter newsletter The 5th edition of our newsletter provides tips for supporting your learner through revision season

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“How to help your child/children make decisions for upcoming school and higher education deadlines” – 4th edition of our parent, carer and supporter newsletter The 4th edition of our newsletter provides information on decision making for both Y9 and Y11 students and we have spoken to a care experienced student ambassador to hear all about their experience in higher education and the support available.

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Care Experienced Case Study One of our care experienced students, talks about his journey into higher education

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“How to help your child/children research the Higher Education options and support available” – 3rd edition of our parent,carer and supporter newsletter 3rd edition of our newsletter provides information and tips on open days and the different types of support available at a higher education institution.

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“How to get ahead over the summer” a parents, carers and supporters newsletter 2nd edition of the parent, carer and supporter newsletter. Our newsletters have a lot of information to help you support your child/children. This edition looks at what you can do to support your young person over the summer. It is a good time to take a look at places your child might think of studying. Enjoy a visit together and look at what each location has to offer. You can also think about studying. It's never too late to learn! why not have a look at the opportunities for yourself.

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“Take a trip during the holiday – visit open days, towns and cities” Open days are a great way of exploring higher education institutions students are interested in - getting a feel for the place, speaking to current students and staff and having a walk around.

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Yes You Can!, newsletter for parents/carers and supporters Yes You Can! Advice for parents and carers supporting students through their education. Our newsletter will provide parents, carers and supporters with impartial information to help your young people on their journey into higher education, aiming to deliver key messages that all students can aspire to higher education.

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Supporting Your Child With Careers Guidance During the Coronavirus Pandemic This article which was written for Parentkind by our CPD Manager, Sonia Hardwick, explains how you can talk to your child about their future career during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Student Finance Calculator A student finance calculator produced by the government, which shows how much entitlement is available based on household income.

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Presentation

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Understanding student finance as a parent/carer These are the slides from our parent and carer information session which covers how student finance works for Higher Education. We’ll give you the facts on how much money students can receive as a loan or non-repayable bursary / scholarship, the extra financial support they may be eligible for and repayments.

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How can I support my child through their Higher Education application? Presentation These are the slides from our parent and carer information session which covers how and where students apply for HE courses, and how you can support them as a parent or carer.

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The benefits of higher education and how can I support my child to get there? Presentation These are the slides from our parent and carer information session that covers different routes into Higher Education and its social, academic and employment benefits.

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Recorded Sessions

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Understanding student finance as a parent/carer As a parent or carer, we know the cost of higher education study can be daunting. Watch this 30 minute information session where we’ll explain how student finance works for Higher Education. We’ll give you the facts on how much money students can receive as a loan or non-repayable bursary / scholarship, the extra financial support they may be eligible for and repayments.

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The benefits of higher education and how can I support my child to get there? Join us for this 30 minute parent and carer information session where you’ll hear about the different routes into Higher Education and its social, academic and employment benefits. You’ll hear from student ambassadors on their experience and why they chose Higher Education, plus parent ambassadors will share hints and tips that worked for them supporting their child make decisions on their next steps.

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How can I support my child through their Higher Education application? Join us for this 30 minute information session where you’ll hear how and where students apply for HE courses, and how you can support them as a parent or carer. You’ll hear from parent ambassadors and student ambassadors on their experience and they will share their hints and tips.

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Shape your Future

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Shape Your Future A guide to regional labour market information. In this booklet there is guidance about growth sectors, routes and pathways into various careers.

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Relive the best moments of our HeppFest higher education festival from February 2022 here!