There are a lot of different undergraduate courses to choose from and this can make finding the right degree a long and hard process. You can easily feel overwhelmed with the thousands of degrees on offer to students across the UK. When you add this to the fact that you need to pick 5 related courses to improve your chances of being accepted into university, you will see that choosing the right degree is not an easy task.
The Types of Undergraduate Qualifications
The type of qualification that you are going to be studying will be determined by the subject that you choose. If you are an aspiring engineer or social worker, you should consider a practical course such as the Higher National Diploma or a National Vocational Qualification. However, the most popular route will be a bachelor’s degree, but they are not the only option.
The bachelor’s degree is assessed using a combination of assignments, written examinations and projects. There are some cases where opportunities for a year in your chosen industry or abroad will be offered. Most of these degrees will last 3 to 4 years, but there are some shorter courses available such as foundation degrees and the Higher National Diploma provided by the likes of Brighton School of Business and Management.
Choose the Degree Subject
There are some people who find choosing their subject to be easy as they have a particular career in minds such as medicine, journalism or law. However, there are also a lot of people who are torn between the different options that are available. If you are one of these people, you need to ask yourself a few questions including:
• What subjects do you enjoy studying?
• Are there any subjects that you are particularly good at?
• Are there any subjects that you are interested in that you have studied before?
• How would your choice in degree affect your future plans?
Graduate jobs generally require candidates to be educated to a degree level in a specific discipline. This means that you need to find a subject that offers you transferable skills which will make it more likely that you get a degree of higher standards, but also have fun while completing it.
Compare the Courses
There are no 2 universities that offer the exact same course for the same degree. This is why you need to compare courses and consider a number of points including:
• The ranking and reputation of the course which can be viewed via the Times Higher Education or QS World Rankings
• The structure, modules and timetable of the course which needs to match your study preferences
• The additional opportunities which are offered by the course such as a year in the industry or studying abroad
• The employment prospects
If you want to compare courses, you should consider using the Key Information Set which is a tool from the course data providers Unistats. The tool will give you an accurate judgement on the courses as it compiles information on:
• The destination of the graduates 6 months after they have completed their course and how much they are typically earning
• The typical costs of the course including tuition and university accommodation
It is very important that you consider where your choices regarding your degree will take you in terms of your career and future after graduation.
Find the Right University
The UK is home to more than 150 recognised universities. This can make it hard to choose one, but you should consider the following:
• The cost of travelling to and from your university
• The culture of the university including the student’s union and what is offered to you
• The town or city where the university is based
• The overall student satisfaction scores
When you submit your application to a university through UCAS, you will be able to select up to 5 courses. This will give you the option of exploring a number of different institutes. When you are exploring the universities, you should do so through:
• Open days where you can ask current students and the alumni questions about their experiences at the university
• The website and social media accounts which tell you how the university presents itself
• University fairs which are ideal if you cannot travel for the open days