Higher Ideas

Higher IdeasNow in its 24th year, Higher Ideas is the comprehensive resource for exploring higher education options.

One subscription covers your whole site.

Free demo version available to try before you buy.

  • What higher education courses connect with my interests and school subject choices?
  • What do those courses cover?
  • What are my options?
  • Where can I study?
  • What qualifications might I need?
  • How can I find out more?

Higher Ideas answers all these questions and many, many more. You can try Higher Ideas for free now.

Higher Ideas is available as a site licence which covers every student and staff member at your site and from home for just £190 + VAT per annum. If you're an adviser, and would like to take Higher Ideas wherever you go, then a personal licence is also available.

Gatsby benchmarks

Find out how Higher Ideas can support you in achieving the Gatsby benchmarks.

New for 2021-22

  • Information updated for 2022 entry.
  • Factsheets all revised for 2021-22. Higher Ideas has over 100 factsheets, on all sorts of topics from open days and UCAS applications through to tuition fees and repayment thresholds.
  • New study areas.

Also see our latest HE update.

Higher Ideas internet login

Sign in with your access codeIf you have a current subscription or evaluation for Higher Ideas, you can sign in using an access code or your personal login details (see the email we sent you when you subscribed).

If you have a site licence, you can also use Higher Ideas via your licensed web link - once set up you simply click the link to access Higher Ideas - see the support pages for how to do this.

Try Higher Ideas for free

If you're not a subscriber yet you can still use the Higher Ideas demo straight away for restricted access to Higher Ideas.

Or better still, contact us today and ask for a one-month free evaluation licence to access the full product. Try it with your target user group and see how they benefit from using Higher Ideas.

Why is Higher Ideas different?

Search for courses by topic, not just by name. Only Higher Ideas groups courses by topic rather than by name. So you can search for courses by what they’re about, not just what they’re called.

Search for courses by where they’re done, not by who offers the degree. Sounds easy doesn't it? Find me all the courses done at a location. Only Higher Ideas organises courses by where they’re done, rather than by the awarding body.

Get inspired about courses related to your interests. Not sure what course you might like to do? Tell Higher Ideas about your interests, and Higher Ideas will make lots of targeted and inspiring suggestions about areas of study.

Discover new course combinations. Two-thirds of degree courses now on offer combine two or more topics. Only Higher Ideas shows you what other topics can be studied in combination with your chosen topic.

Want to find out more about what Higher Ideas can do for you? Then view the online demo of Higher Ideas.

How Higher Ideas helps students find out, evaluate, and choose

Higher Ideas will help you to:

  • Find courses appropriate to your interests, career ambitions, and current studies.
  • Evaluate and compare various learning paths by using the expertly researched study areas.
  • Search for universities and colleges by study topic.
  • Refine your searches by UK region.
  • Make enquiries by writing letters and emails from within the program.

Higher Ideas links in with Careersoft's Job Explorer Database (Jed) where installed and licensed.

Use Higher Ideas from home

Your Higher Ideas licence allows your students to use Higher Ideas on the internet from home.


Complies with W3C accessibility guidelines.

Higher Ideas complies with W3C accessibility guidelines


Higher Ideas is available as a site licence which covers every student and staff member at your site for just £190 + VAT per annum. For the average size of UK secondary school, that works out at less than 21p per student per year, for a whole year of independent expert careers information.

If you're an adviser and would like to take Higher Ideas wherever you go, then a personal licence is also available.

Last updated 11 November, 2021