Choosing a University & Course
When choosing a course you should research opportunities thoroughly to make sure you apply for those most suited to you. Things you can do to help you with your decision:
- Start creating short-lists and researching the universities
- Identify careers related to your skills, qualities, likes, dislikes and what you want by researching careers on
- Use library resources in the school library e.g. looking at where subjects lead in 'Making Connections'
- If you do not know where to start use Careers Match or Kudos, available in school
- Find our about the different courses on offer e.g:
- Single Honours – 1 subject
- Dual Honours – 2 subjects 50:50 or major/minor
- Combined studies – mix and match
- Sandwich course/co-op courses – work placements
- Look at the career prospects following courses – where have previous students gone to?
- Ensure you meet the entry requirements
- Know the course content and individual modules
- Understand the course structure; are there options to change direction?
- Look for teaching and assessment methods to suit your learning style
- Find out more through university league tables and teaching quality information available on e-learning
After deciding on which course you wish to apply for it is time to start planning your university choice. It is important to research your options fully; this is a major decision.
Things to Consider
- Which country do you wish to study in?
- Would you like to be in a large city, smaller town or village?
- Are you planning to work part-time? If you are what are the local opportunities i.e. pubs, supermarkets, restaurants
- Do you prefer a quiet area or one with a busy night life?
- Would you like to be at a small or large university?
- Do you prefer to be with mainly school and college leavers or to include a higher mix of mature students?
- If you wish to stay in student accommodation in the first year, does the college guarantee it? Do you want an en-suite bathroom, self catering?
- Are the sports and extra curricula activities you like on offer?
- How far – do you want to be close enough to travel home?
- Cost of travel
Where to Find Out More
- The internet including Student sites and Blogs
- University open days
- Careers fairs and conventions
- UK open day dates: www.opendays.com
- Insight into student experiences: www.skill.org.uk
- International courses: www.i-studentadvisor.com
- Students sharing advice and experiences of studying abroad: www.i-studentlife.com
The following reference books are now available for use in the Careers Room:
- Succeeding in your medical school interview
- Succeeding in your medical school application
- Succeeding in the UK Clinical Aptitude Test
- UK Clinical Aptitude Test and BMAT
- National Admission Test for Law
- Passing Oxbridge Admission Tests
- Oxford and Cambridge Entry
- The Good University Guide 2010
- USA Education Guide
- The Gap year guide book
- Summer Jobs Worldwide 2010
- What Graduates Do
- UCAS Open Days and Taster Courses
- University Interview Guide
- US and Canadian Universities
- Student Life a survival Guide
- Decisions at 13/14+
- Decisions at 15/16+
- Decisions at 17/18+
- Choosing your GCSEs