How can you support students when they research for university opportunities?
With so many courses available, students are
spoilt for choice on both course and institution.
Sometimes having so much choice can be
daunting and students can feel like they don’t
know where to start.
Research is vital for
students when looking for the right course and
university but it is also key for success when
they start higher education. This blog will help by providing some top tips.
Tip 1 - University course research
Students should always begin with an area
of study they enjoy and skills they want
to develop whilst at university. A degree is
generally a three year commitment (at least)
and students should therefore choose a course
that they find interesting and engaging.
Students should also remember that generally
courses (even with the same title) will be
different between institutions. A History course
at one university may be markedly different
to a History course at another. Different
universities may offer different modules on
their course for example. This will be explained
on the university website.
What will be studied is just one part of a
student’s learning experience – they should
also consider how the course will be delivered.
Class sizes will differ; large lectures will be a
very different experience to small seminars.
Students should reflect on their own learning
style and whether a university’s delivery of the
course such as interactive teaching or chalk
and talk large lectures will suit their needs.
Tip 2 - They should consider extra-curricular opportunities
Going to university is an experience in itself
and students should consider what they will
be doing outside of their studies as well. This
involves where they live and what they will do
in their spare time.
They should consider the
type of campus the university has – do they
want to be based on one campus or spread out,
in a city centre or the rural countryside? They
should also consider what accommodation is
available if they are looking to live away from
Tips 3 - Don't forget clubs, societies and support
Universities will also offer a range of clubs and
societies so lots of interests can be catered
for. But students should consider what sports
clubs there are at the university and what
facilities are on and around campus. A wide
and varied range of societies will exist at
universities and students are often able to set
up their own society if there isn’t one to meet
As well as the social aspects, students should
consider what additional support is offered
at university during their studies and beyond.
The careers service can often point students
in the direction of work and volunteering
opportunities, as well as support as students
graduate, and even after that.