Year 12 students visited Manchester Central on Wednesday for a UCAS Convention.
The students talked to representatives for, and picked up prospectuses from, a variety of universities, employers and gap year specialists.
The convention also offered seminars on a range of topics, such as student life, UCAS applications, Oxbridge applications and choosing careers.
There were current students at universities, with whom Year 12 pupils were able to discuss studying specific subjects at specific universities.
At the convention, Year 12 were able to kick-start their research into post-18 options, or start to refine their choices.
Year 12 girl, Isobel Lewis, said: "We grasped the opportunity to collect the most up to date prospectuses, ask questions about each university or apprenticeship on offer, and speak with someone from UCAS who put our fears about the application process to rest."
"For me, one of the most valuable aspects of the trip was the chance to compare the universities I’m considering all at once, rather than focus on them individually. This really helped me to narrow down where I want to apply."