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Choosing a Course

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Choosing a Course

The title here should really be - 'choosing the right course'. It is very important that you are making informed choices about what you want to study and where you want to study. A university education is very expensive so you must get value for money.

The UCAS link below takes you to a section in their own website offering guidance on the process.

Before you even apply to university you should have done a lot of research into courses and universities. You should at least consider the following points:

  • Location - what type of university do you want to study at? Do you want to live in a big city? Small town? Campus university in a more rural setting? The UCAS site (linked below) will guide you to various places that offer information - including the Times Online league tables for the best universities for different courses.
  • Courses - there are literally thousands of courses at hundreds of universities. The 'UCAS Search' option at the UCAS Website gives an overview of all of the courses available - and the year that they are available. You will see that most courses are 3 years long, but some are only 2 years long whilst others maybe 4 or 5 years - often with a year out in employment or working abroad. Some courses will work towards a single honour degree whilst other degrees are combined - with some unusual combinations.
  • Entry Requirements - I cannot stress how important it is that you apply for courses that you have a realistic chance of meeting the entry requirements. If a university makes you an offer they expect you to get those grades. If you don't make the grades it is pretty unlikely that you will go to that university.
  • Offers are often made on the basis of the teacher reference but the most important benchmark that the universities use before making you an offer are your AS level exam grades. This can sometimes include GCSE grades too.
  • Examination subjects - occasionally students need to have studied or achieved examination grades in a particular subject. If you don't study that subject...... 

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