Your University Questions, Answered.

Love my course but unsure whether to follow it to uni? Emma, Birmingham


Our Answer:

There’s lots to consider when thinking about university, from where to study, student-life, accommodation and finance, but the course you choose to study will form the foundation of your university experience and future career. You’ve got a decision to make between picking something you’ve studied previously, something new or a bit of both.

There’s a wide range of university courses out there and there are many factors to take into account, from the structure of the course (i.e. with a year abroad), to the module structure, and the subjects covered by the modules. Is there flexibility to choose modules to tailor your learning? 

Do your research and find out what courses are available. You’ll be surprised that there’s far more choice of courses than you may have previously experienced.

It may seem a daunting task but here are some places to look to find out what you need to know. Start exploring the UCAS website, as well as university websites and prospectuses. Take a look at league tables, unistats and student forums such as The Student Room to find out more about the university and course. If you have the chance to visit a UCAS exhibition you will have lots of university representatives in one place to chat to and pick up a copy of their prospectus.

Take a look at the entry requirements of the courses as this will help you to narrow down your decision. For example some courses will require you to have studied certain subjects before, but it’s best to chat with the university’s admissions team to discuss entry requirements if you have any questions. 

Once you’ve done some research and spotted some courses that you are interested in visit university open days. These are a great opportunity for you to experience the university first
-hand and find out more about your course(s) of interest and attend subject talks to help you whittle down your decision. You have the chance to hear from the lecturers who could be teaching you plus talk to current students about their experience of the university and the course for some great additional insight.

The best advice we can give is to do your research, visit university open days and find out as much as you can to make an informed decision. 

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