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Virtual Fair Guide: March 30

Following popular demand, we are back with our award-winning Virtual Fair on Wednesday 30 March 2022 (12:00 - 18:00).

Discover all you need to know about personal statements, student finance, apprenticeships, applications, access to university, moving to university, clearing, adjustment, university life, and much more! This is a fantastic opportunity for you to explore your next steps and get answers to all of your questions about life after sixth form or college.

If you're in year 13 and haven't narrowed down your firm and insurance choices, or are considering applying through UCAS Extra or Cleaing this is a great way to speak to lots of exhibitors all in one place.

Prior to the event, you will no doubt have a few questions about how the fair works, what you will be doing and what you should expect. Let us take this opportunity to walk you through the Virtual Fair to ensure you are well prepared for it.

If you have not signed up for the event yet, please sign up here.

How Does It All Work?

Our UK University & Apprenticeship Fair is split into two main sections; the Auditorium and the Exhibition Hall. Throughout the Exhibition Hall you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of stalls from universities across the country. Even though you may not be at the individual universities in person, the interactive stalls will ensure you have a proper glimpse into student life at each university. With prospectuses to download, virtual campus tours to attend and even the ability to live chat with student ambassadors, any question you have is sure to be answered.

Moving over to the Auditorium, you will have the opportunity to attend live and interactive webinars on a variety of topics. If you are struggling with your Personal Statement, or trying to understand the world of Student Finance better then be sure to check out the 10 webinars that will be on throughout the day. These will be 25 minutes long and you will be able to ask questions throughout with the “Chat” feature, and after every seminar there will be a Q&A session. This will all be conducted via the “Chat” feature and so you will not need to have a webcam or microphone to use throughout the webinars. You can view the webinar timetable and the presenters list here.

If you happen to miss a webinar while you are browsing through the other stalls - worry not! All webinars will be recorded and the event will be able to access on demand for 1 week until Wednesday 6 April midday. During this time you can login and visit stands, view virtual campus tours, download documents, and stream webinars. Please note the live chat will only be available from 12:00 - 18:00 on Wednesday 30 March. After this point, all webinars will be moved over to StudentStream.

Speaking to Exhibitors

One of the main benefits of attending the Virtual Fair is the ease of access to universities from across the UK. You do not need to head all the way across the country to speak to a student ambassador at their open day. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to speak directly to University representatives and student ambassadors. They will be available throughout the day to answer any and every question you may have.

So, what should you ask?

It’s important to prepare before the day, to ensure that every concern or question you had about your prospective universities is answered. You don’t want to leave the fair wishing you had asked better questions. To help you compile your list of key questions to ask, we have included a selection below. Be sure to tailor every question to your specific needs and concerns. If the answer is not online, then it’s a good indicator that that is a great question to ask.

Examples of Questions You Can Ask Universities and Colleges

Course Specific

Picking a university course is no easy decision. This is something that you will dedicate 3-4 years of your life to. It’s important to find out as much as you can about any prospective courses, and what makes them stand apart from other universities.

Entry Requirements & Applications

You can find out most information about courses and entry requirements by visiting the universities' websites, try to use the virtual events to discover information that isn't widely available online.

  • What types of things do you look for in a personal statement?
  • What weight is given to predicted grades, work experience and UCAS personal statement?
  • Do students need to have work experience?
  • How lenient are you if students miss a grade?
  • What can I do to make my application stand out?
  • Do you offer a wide range of courses via Clearing?
  • How likely is it to be accepted onto a course via Adjustment?

General Course

  • When are your virtual open days?
  • Are you running any application webinars?
  • What types of modules are available?
  • What’s the split between lectures and independent studying?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • How will I be assessed?
  • Is there an opportunity to study abroad or take a placement year?
  • How does the university perform in UK and global rankings?
  • What are graduates from this course doing now?
  • What kind of careers guidance is available to help students get internships during their studies?
  • Does the university have connections with employers?

University Life

You have a whole life outside of your degree! It’s important to ask questions about accommodation, facilities, and university life to know which university experience will be best suited to you.

  • What bursaries and scholarships do you offer?
  • Can I bring a car?
  • Is first year accommodation guaranteed?
  • How many people do you have to share a flat with?
  • How are flatmates assigned?
  • How expensive is the university town?
  • Where can I live in my second year?
  • What clubs can I join?
  • What’s the nightlife like in town?
  • What facilities do you have on campus? (banks, doctors, shops, etc.)
  • What type of events does the Student Union run?
  • What support is available to students?
  • Are part-time jobs in town easy to get?
  • What is public transport like?
  • Is it easy to make friends if you’re a commuter student?
  • What mental health support does the university offer?


  • Whilst universities ask for specific grades or UCAS points, not all universities accept certain subjects, and can sometimes offer lower grade requirements depending on the applicant’s circumstances.
  • Do you offer Access To University programmes?
  • Do you offer Contextual Offers?
  • How do I prepare for my interview?
  • Do you offer Masterclasses for extra UCAS points?
  • Do you accept General Studies?
  • If I miss my predicted grades, what are the chances of being accepted?


  • Will you take into account how Covid-19 has made getting work experience difficult?
  • Do you have any tips for getting work experience during Covid-19?
  • Will you be more lenient with required grades due to exams being cancelled?
  • How have you supported your students throughout the pandemic?
  • Are you planning on resuming in person teaching next Autumn?
  • Can I defer my course/how can I do so?

Specialist / Russell Group Universities

  • What are the benefits of studying law at say, the University of Law, rather than a non-specialist university that offers law?
  • How do Russell Group universities differ from non Russell Group universities?
  • Why should I consider a Russell Group University over other universities?

Questions to ask Current Students

Current university students are the best people to speak to find out information you can't get from a prospectus. They were once in your shoes so will be able to offer helpful advice and insights into the university.

  • What’s your favourite & least favourite thing about the university?
  • Why did you pick this university?
  • What do you wish you knew before you applied to the university?
  • What support have you received from your lecturers?
  • Which halls would you recommend?
  • How easy is it to find second-year accommodation?
  • Do you have any advice for writing a personal statement?
  • What’s your monthly budget?
  • On average, how many contact hours do you have?
Examples of Questions You Can Ask Apprenticeship Providers (The National Apprenticeship Service, Colleges, and Universities)

Apprenticeship providers at the event will include the National Apprenticeship Service, along with universities offering degree apprenticeship, and colleges who run apprenticeships in partnership with companies.

If you’re new to apprenticeships head over to Apprenticeship Finder to find out more about how apprenticeships work and read stories from apprentices.

Coming to the event with some prepared questions will help you make the most of exhibitor interactions. Think about if there’s anything about apprenticeships that you don’t understand, or would like to find out more about. Here’s some examples of questions you can ask exhibitors:


  • How long is the apprenticeship?
  • What job can I get after the apprenticeship finishes?
  • Can I do a higher-level apprenticeship after I finish the programme?
  • How many apprentices do you take each year?
  • Where would I be working?
  • What kinds of mentoring and support do you offer employees?
  • Why should I choose your programme over another company?
  • What would my day to day responsibilities be?
  • What opportunities are there for progression?
  • What is your favourite thing about the company?
  • What can I expect to earn during the apprenticeship and after?
  • How the day-to-day activities of the role changed during the pandemic?


  • Do you take deferred applications?
  • Do you have any tips for getting work experience during Covid-19?
  • Will you be more lenient with required grades due to exams being cancelled?
  • Is it harder to get an apprenticeship now due to the impact of the pandemic?


  • How does your recruitment process work?
  • What are the entry requirements?
  • What are the application timelines?
  • Do you recruit on a rolling basis or wait until the closing deadline?
  • What do you look for in a candidate?
  • How can I make my application stand out?
  • Do I need to have work experience?


  • What qualification can I get?
  • How many days a week do I spend studying?
  • Where is the training provided?
  • What academic and pastoral support is available?

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