Nowadays universities offer much more than just study. A variety of universities across the United Kingdom offer help and guidance to fellow students through numerous student unions and online information sites. They supply information regarding a wide range of university activities, events and reviews.

Choosing a University is a life-changing decision and so it’s understandable that it is a confusing time.

We hope to help find the right city, university and course to suit you with our up-to-date University Guides. We also feature special articles that focus on life on campus at certain universities and Further Education and Higher Education colleges.

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Choosing a University course - Make the right decision


The process of going to university is a daunting one. The decision making and worrying about which university you will be accepted to is always a fearful one. Before you are accepted into a university there are three key steps that you should follow:

Choosing a course

The first stage is perhaps the most difficult but the most important of all. What am I going to study? You may have a variety of possibilities and ideas, but what subject do you really enjoy?

Once you’ve decided, the subject prospectus is the best place to start with. The best way to learn more about your course is to speak to your tutors at school and go to as many different university open days as possible. Speaking to existing students and professors is a great way to get to know your course. Universities sometimes offer downloadable lectures which gives you a direct insight into the subject and discussions about courses.

Choosing a course can be a confusing time...

Choosing a university

After you’ve decided on your dream course it’s time to decide what university to go to. There are 120 various universities to choose from and every one offers something different. Check the facilities and accommodation at your university. University league tables tend to be a great way to compare your university in terms of ranking for each subject area. On the other hand, aspects such as scholarships and student funding should be high on your priority list, especially if you are experiencing financial difficulties at home. In general the best way to choose your university is by going to the open days and rigorously questioning the existing students and professors.

Check out chat rooms

After deciding on your university and course, the best way to prepare yourself for your new student experience is to visit various student chat rooms such as The Student Room. Similar websites have a large array of information on various aspects of student life. Reading and learning from previous students will give you a great insight into your chosen universities life. Other websites include YouGo by UCAS.



When choosing a University course to study, you should be very well informed in the various subjects and themes. When considering a course, research is key in discovering the university course which fits you. For example language courses can vary from pure literature to translation and contemporary area studies. On the other hand psychology courses fall in various categories. These can include business psychology or scientific based psychology. However, many students make the mistake in not researching their relevant courses and change after a year. Studying a certain subject from three to six years requires passion and motivation. Without an interest in a certain field, your study period dull and unexciting. If you are lacking inspiration in choosing a certain course, the UCAS Ideas Generator can help you find possible courses of interest.

After choosing a suitable course, a career prospect is the next question which comes into mind. For the majority of graduate jobs (50%), they do not specify a specific field of study. Dentistry, chemists and engineers are typical career paths which require a similar field of study. Furthermore you should research in detail the employability rate for each individual course. Courses such as African Studies and Middle Eastern Studies attract much less employability that Dentistry courses. Typical courses such as Business Studies which are regarded as highly employable have a 7% unemployment rating.

The third stage of choosing a university course is looking at the graduate starting salaries. Subjects such as Architecture offer low starting salaries but in the long term offer a much higher salary. On the other hand, nursing pays very well after graduation but is capped in the long term.