Students choose subjects and a limited range of institutions to which to apply on the basis of advice from friends, family and schools. The role of parents in providing both support and information to prospective students is outlined. In general, students are satisfied with the quality of information they receive but many are not aware of the sorts of questions they should be asking, nor of the factors which will impact on their decisions to persist. Students make decisions about which university to attend and which subject to study based on information from a variety of formal and informal sources. Many students arriving at the end of their secondary school career see or are given few alternatives either by parents or by advisers in school. Students have not understood the nature of the work, their living conditions, the expense and the implications of independent learning.