No two university courses are the same. So, it’s important to weigh up your options to make sure you make the right choices when you make your UCAS application.
Key things for you to consider include:
1. What are the entry requirements for the course?
Do your predicted grades align with the grades you’re being asked to achieve? Are you required to study certain subjects for entry to the course? Do I meet the GCSE or equivalent requirements? If not, do I need to re-sit any of my exams?
2. Is the course content suitable?
Will the course prepare me for my future career? Do the topics covered excite me? Is the course what I believe it to be?
3. Is the course accredited?
Will the course need accreditations for me to be able to undertake my future career? Which accreditations will I gain? What opportunities do these accreditations bring?
4. Does the course include work placements?
Is it a sandwich-year placement? Will I gain the skills and experience employers are seeking? How long do the placements last? Will I need to find my own placement, or will I receive guidance and support? What work experience have previous students of the course undertaken?
5. How will I be assessed through the course?
Will there be a higher emphasis on exams or coursework? Will any of the modules be assessed through group work? Will I be assessed through presentations, tests, essays or projects? Will my placements be assessed?
6. Does the course offer field trips or other learning opportunities?
Will there be additional costs associated with field trips or other learning opportunities? Are they organised by the university or through clubs and societies? How will these activities benefit my learning?
7. How flexible is the course?
Will I be taught on campus, online or through blended learning? Can the course be studied on a part-time basis? Can I attend one day a week, or will I need to study the modules part-time, alongside the full-time timetable?
With so much to think about when choosing a course, you can attend a UCAS Exhibition to learn more about what’s available to you. So, you can then start whittling them down until you find the one that’s best for you.