Choosing a university course can be a daunting prospect for many students, with the range of courses and institutions more comprehensive than ever, making the whole process somewhat of a minefield.
There are so many variables at play, such as your grades, where in the UK or even the world you wish to study and your course; this makes choosing a university and a course a big decision for young people across the country.
If you are a regular reader here at the Almero Student Mansions blog then you will already be well are of our commitment to bringing students all across the UK and in particular, our favourite locations of Exeter, Bristol and Nottingham, all they need to succeed. As such, we thought a guide to choosing a degree was well overdue.
So read on to find out how you should go about choosing a university course, brought to you from our team of seasoned education experts.
Choosing a Degree Course
A key decision is of course your degree course. You could be one the lucky ones who has always known exactly what they want to study, in which case this won’t be much of a conundrum. However, there will be thousands of students across the UK right now, who will be sat there expecting to get great grades but still have no idea how best to use them.
Just because you’re an academic superstar, doesn’t mean you know which career you would like to embark on and this can make choosing a degree pretty difficult.
Add to this the ever expanding range of degree courses available and you can see the problem that many young people face once they come to the end of their A-Levels and need to make a huge decision which will impact the rest of their lives.
The UCAS site has some great advice for students in this predicament but in a nutshell, we think you should be considering the following:
- What are your passions, hobbies and interests day to day? There will almost certainly be a degree which is relevant.
- Do your research. There are all sorts of job and career sites out there, have a good look and you may well find a course that is of interest.
- What do you want to achieve in life? If you can answer this question, then finding the right degree course could be a lot easier.
The final thing to remember is that degree courses are very different from one another. Some are very rigid, academic courses whereas others are more flexible. So depending on the way you work, your strengths and weaknesses, you may wish to bear this in mind when making your decision. Again, the UCAS site has a great subject search function which could help you here.
Choosing a University
Alongside your degree course or subject, your actual university is of paramount importance. Indeed, not all universities offer all courses and the area you study in is crucial, depending on your personality. You may prefer a university close to the countryside or maybe nearer home for various reasons or you could be itching to get out of the sticks and into the bustling city, so ensure you are going to be happy wherever you choose for at least the next three years of your life.
You then need to ensure you are making the correct decision from an academic point of view. Does this university offer your course, is it reputable, what are the tutors like and does the campus seem friendly and welcoming? The only way to really determine these things and allow you to make an informed decision when choosing a university is of course to attend open days.
We suggest that you attend as many of these as you can, and at the bare minimum you should visit every university that you added to your UCAS form. Websites, prospectuses and Google are all well and good but there is no substitute for heading to the university in question and seeing for yourself.
In doing this you can get a feel for the campus, ask current students questions, perhaps even meet tutors and decide for sure if this is the right university for you. Visiting them all will mean you can make the aforementioned decisions regarding your course along with the university itself and ultimately guarantee that you make the perfect decision for your future.
Take Your Time
There is a lot to consider when choosing the right course and we recommend you take some time to do your research and don’t rush into making the final call (but ensure you make the deadline!). You can speak to friends and family, your teachers and of course careers advisors but ultimately it’s your call, we hope this guide helps you to make the right one!