What to study and how to apply

How to choose the best course for you and the right application process.

Finding the right course to study is arguably the most important decision you'll make when it comes to Higher Education (HE). Depending on your interests, strengths, career ambitions and personal circumstances, you can decide between a range of HE courses. Here are a few things to consider:

Things to think about when choosing a course

  • What subject area do you want to study?
  • Is there a particular area you enjoy? Do you understand how it might be taught?
  • Think about what A-levels or equivalent qualification grades you require for that course.
  • Is it offered at a university you like?
  • It’s a good idea to check subject league tables for student satisfaction and graduate prospects of particular subject areas, if this is important to you.
  • Will it lead to a career you are interested in?

Course options

There are more course options than you might have first thought. With higher and degree apprenticeships, foundation degree, sandwich years or placements, integrated masters and year abroad scheme you can choose the course that suits what you want to do.

Career opportunities

  • As your course will lead you into your future career, it’s worth thinking about the type of career you want to go into and how it best suits your strengths.
  • How important are graduate job prospects to you? You can always find out more about current employment statistics to help you understand this.

Find more food for thought when choosing a degree, degree apprenticeship or for a comparison of HE college and university. 

How to apply

Once you have decided on the route you want to take, make sure you are aware of any application deadlines and processes. For example, the process to apply for a degree apprenticeship will be very different to how you apply for a taught course at a university.

UCAS have lots of advice to help guide you through the process for degrees and degree apprenticeships.

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