Parents and carers

We’re here to support your young person and their future. Learn more about what joining Heriot-Watt involves and how you can support your young person throughout the university experience.

Applying to University

Once your young person has decided on which programmes and universities they’d like to apply to, they will make their application through UCAS (the University and Colleges Admissions Service).

They will make just one application that contains five choices and one personal statement. This personal statement must be relevant to all five choices. Find out more on our application page. This process can seem complicated but there’s lots of information on our website and our UCAS website to make this clear.

The UCAS application process explained

Support for students

Our teams work collaboratively to ensure there’s a strong level of support available to students. The careers service are also there for your young person after they graduate, offering lifetime support. Thanks to the careers service and our career-focused degrees, we’re first in Scotland and top five in the UK for graduate employability (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023).

A student ambassador speaking to a family at an open day

Visit opportunities

We’d love to have you and your young person visit us on campus. Our open days take place in the Autumn and our guided campus tours run every week.

This is a great way to explore campus and some of our teaching and recreational facilities that your young person would use as a student.

Speak to other parents and carers

It can be daunting supporting your young person as they decide what and where to study. We are part of the closed Facebook group and website forum, What I Wish I Knew About University (WIWIKAU).

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