Studying at university will offer you an
invaluable qualification at the end of your
degree programme, and from your first day
at university, you’ll be supported with the
guidance, tools and opportunities to build your
skills and confidence.
Whilst choosing to study at university can be a big decision, choosing what and where to study can feel like an even bigger one. I’ve pulled together a three-step guide to help you when undertaking preparation for university and subsequently making decisions.
There are lots of course options to explore and it’s never too early to start looking. Useful websites and tools include the UCAS Course Search, The Complete University Guide, and Prospects. Universities also have their own course finders, which are the best place to find out more about modules, entry requirements, and course structure.
Once you have an idea of what course you
want to study, the next step is to narrow down
university choices. A good starting point is
to make a list of priorities, covering what is
important to you. Priorities might include:
• Do you want to live at home or move away?
• Do you want to study in a city or a rural area?
• Do you prefer exams/coursework? What does each university offer?
• Does the university offer financial support, bursaries or scholarships?
• Are the entry requirements realistic?
• What study support is available at each university?
Once you have a long list of university options, we would encourage a more personalised approach to whittling down your choices. Speaking to current students, support staff and academics is invaluable, and there are plenty of resources and events out there to help you along the way. The first port of call might be booking a number of open days, to explore the campus whilst engaging with current students and staff.
You may also want to consider exploring
services such as Unibuddy which allows
prospective students to interact with current
students. As well as booking taster lectures
and watching webinars on various university
courses, like those on the UniTasterDays
Once you have narrowed down your options and have a realistic feel for the entry requirements, you’ll need to apply on UCAS. Your school or college are likely to offer support with this to supplement the wealth of information available online.
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by Rebecca Wills
posted on 22 Feb '24
With so many graduates now entering the job market, a degree alone is not always enough. It is therefore very important that you work on developing your employability skills throughout your time at university, and university careers services are experts in offering a range of support to help you achieve this successfully. I will tell you more about some of the opportunities here.