Deciding potential career paths, which universities to apply to and completing the applications is the responsibility of the student, but parental guidance and support is also a very important part of the process. Parents can help by working with their son / daughter to set realistic goals and by being encouraging and supportive during A-level First Year and later when the applications process starts in Second Year. Parents and students are advised to jointly come to an agreement on the type and location of college / university to be considered and the general academic programme. The family also needs to make an assessment of how much money will be available to spend on the student’s university education as this can determine which universities may be considered. It is important to discuss these issues now, to avoid problems and disappointment later. If a student will not be allowed to study abroad, or if there are any other restrictions on his or her university selection, parents are requested to make that at this point in the process, it is easier and kinder to break the news before a lot of time, money and emotion have been invested in unacceptable options.