All degree courses are not the same!
There are hundreds of university subjects to choose from and thousands of courses across the UK. Your students don’t have to study lots of different subjects as they do at school: they can focus on what they’re really interested in. And there are even combined subject degrees for those who just can’t choose!
Degree courses differ from institution to institution.
For example, Business Studies at one university can cover different areas or be taught in a different way from the same course at another university. It’s a good idea for students to check out the different subject mixes to find something that suits them, and also to look at how much is coursework and how much exams.
It doesn’t have to take three years out of their life.
There are lots of flexible options for university study these days, such as part-time courses, on-line degrees and fast-track options.
A degree is good for your future.
Despite what the media might say, employers are demanding higher-level skills and qualifications across the board, and having a good degree puts candidates for jobs at the top of the shortlist. And of course a degree is essential for many careers including medicine, dentistry and teaching.
These days, however, employers want to see more than just qualifications; they want evidence of people’s work skills too. That’s why many degree courses are much more work related and practical than you might think.
Foundation degrees are a good vocational option, as well as sandwich degrees or courses offering short work placements and applied subjects. Many university students also choose to work part-time alongside their studies and enhance their skills that way, thereby avoiding the ‘Catch-22’ of needing experience in order to gain experience.
Never forget: university is about more than qualifications.
Ask any graduate what they’ve gained from going to university and they’re bound to mention the friends they’ve made, the fantastic social life (whatever they were into) and the opportunity to learn how to cook, clean and budget for themselves.
But there are so many other reasons why university is a fantastic opportunity. Your students have access to study, leisure, sports and social facilities that they don’t get anywhere else. Universities also have more employer links than any other opportunities students would encounter elsewhere, such as fashion, law and business placements. Students’ Unions also offer a wide range of clubs and societies catering for all tastes.
Whatever their interest, they will find a match at university.