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The University of Worcester welcomed over 4,000 16-18 year-olds today, during the annual Hereford and Worcester UCAS convention.

The students, from schools and colleges across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and neighbouring counties, were able to talk to representatives of 125 different Higher Education institutions from across the UK about their future study options.

The annual convention is the only UCAS fair in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and gives young people the opportunity to find out more about institutions and courses, as well as attend seminars on making their UCAS applications and understanding student finance.

Among the local schools to visit the convention was King Charles I, from Kidderminster, and teacher Denise Sheward said: Its a very important event for the pupils; its fantastic to have all this information available to them in one place, and means they dont have to trawl the internet looking for the information relevant to them.

Rebecca Wadelin and Kirsten Horton, who are both currently studying at Hereford Sixth Form College, agreed that the convention had given them the opportunity to assess all potential options.

Its been really good to come along to the University today, they said. Weve picked up loads of prospectuses and everyone weve spoken to has been really helpful and welcoming. Its a very worthwhile event for anyone in our position.

Gian Fazey-Koven, Head of Outreach and Recruitment at the University of Worcester, said: It has been great to get so many young people through the doors of the University.

UCAS conventions are all about giving prospective students all the information possible as they prepare to make important decisions about their future, and we hope that the Hereford and Worcester UCAS convention has given young people ample opportunities to explore the wide variety of courses and institutions across the UK.