Parents' guide

Securing a place at university is an exciting time. There are some big decisions ahead and we want to support you the parent, as well as our applicants, through this journey. We've gathered together the key information you need to support your son or daughter through the application process, including advice on student finance, accommodation information and guidance about the important milestones you need to be aware of.

Advice for parents

Applicant Journey
Information about the journey that your son or daughter will take before they apply right up to the time that they are studying at the University of Plymouth. Find out more about the applicant journey

Medicine and dentistry applicants
Find out more if your son or daughter is considering a course delivered by our Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

International applicants
You can find out more information about applying to the University of Plymouth and studying with us on our international webpages.

Mature students
There's also information to help if you're returning to study as a mature student.

Schools and colleges
Welcome to outreach. We provide a range of services to schools and colleges and organise a host of events to help inform and inspire potential students with the opportunities available in higher education. 

Postgraduate applicants
Interested in applying for postgraduate taught programmes or research? You can view all our postgraduate programmes and research opportunities as well as find information about fees and funding

Applicants with disabilities
In the context of higher education study the term disability covers a range of impairments, medical conditions, mental health issues and specific learning difficulties. The Learning Gateway offers a range of services, advice and support.

Open days and applicant days

Visiting us at an open day or applicant day is the best way to get a feel for the University and the city itself. Student ambassadors and members of staff will welcome you and your son or daughter to the campus and help you get the most out of your visit.

Find out more about open days and applicant days

Staying safe

Moving to a new city, and for many away from home for the first time can be exciting and daunting for both the students and their families, but it's often the parents who are left feeling anxious about their son or daughter's safety.

We work closely with the local police to ensure that our campus and surrounding area is safe for our students.  Keeping safe is important to each of us. Campus security and the local police are there to help but there are things that your son or daughter can do to protect themselves and look out for others.

Our staying safe guide has been put together in collaboration with the Plymouth Central and University Policing Team and covers: personal safety, burglary advice, reporting crime, personal belongings, property marking and push bikes.

Plymouth scoops the title of 'Best Overall Scheme' in the national Best Bar None awards for 2017

"We have won the award for being the safest and most enjoyable place for a night out in the UK."

Jay McDonnell – chairman of Best Bar None Plymouth

Best Bar None's mission statement is: to reduce alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour. To increase business, through the delivery of training, education and promotion of best practice, and to create a partnership between the local authority, the police, the trade and the private sector to broaden the appeal of an area more especially it’s evening and night time economy.

Find out more about the award