Tops tips for your university research and when picking a course and a university. Featuring Lancaster University and Newman University.

08 September 2020 at 12:00


Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are David Handy, the Senior Student Recruitment Manager at Newman University and Elle Zientek, the Student Recruitment Assistant at Lancaster University.

Researching university and course options
David speaks about how to start off the process for researching universities. The key factors you need to consider are your subject choice, type of course and where to study.

David goes into further detail with each of these aspects such as how long different types of courses take to complete, how modules work and staying at home or moving away. He goes on to talk about UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service and what their role is, as well as how to navigate your way around the website and complete your application.

There are many different courses within the same subject area and it is important that you do your research before deciding which course is the best for you. David explains how you can find a course that is suitable for your long-term goals, if you have a career in mind. He touches on entry requirements for undergraduate courses, qualifications which are not accepted by universities and other conditions such as interviews for some courses. Finally, he talks about what league tables are as well as speaking about open days and exhibitions.

How to choose a university
Elle speaks about the many reasons for why you should go to university and to keep in mind one important question: what do you want to gain from this experience? With your reasons in mind, you should then begin to research different universities, explains Elle.

She goes on to talk about the different things to consider when choosing a university such as location, living costs and campus or city university. One of the biggest decisions to make is whether you want to stay at home or move away and Elle mentions advantages to both options.

She highlights why it is important to look at the National Student Survey (NSS) to see what current student think about the university as well as the quality of the course they are studying. Elle also speaks about graduate prospects and opportunities you will have to connect with employers. Finally, she talks about university facilities, accommodation and social opportunities to make the most of what is available for you as a student.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

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Important note:

The live event is for post 16-students. Those aged 15 or under will have access to the event recordings which will be provided on this page as well, after the event.

Of course teachers, careers colleagues and support staff are very welcome to attend as well - for their own CPD purposes.


 
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