Choosing a university course is the most important decision a student makes. Your enjoyment of your course has a huge bearing on your overall university experience.
It is also a challenging decision. This section will walk you through how to choose the right course by covering the following steps:
Choosing the right course.
Some apply to university knowing exactly what they want to study. But most students are faced with a huge variety of courses and subject areas to consider.
Choosing how to study your chosen course.
There are a number of different ways to study. Find out about joint honor’s, accelerated degrees, part-time study, and other flexible learning options are now widely available.
Courses and career opportunities.
Career opportunities vary depending on which subject area you choose to study.
Find your perfect university program with our course guide to suit your career goals and interests.
Our expert academic teams are here to help you make the right choice for you and your chosen career. If you’re not sure what you want to do yet, you can count on us to help you decide. Your age, education and grades, English language level and university and career goals are important things to consider.
Which subjects are most difficult to get onto?
There is no simple answer to this question. Generally speaking though, the most difficult subjects to get onto will be those that attract large numbers of good applicants.
Some very popular courses may have a relatively low standard of applications. For example, Primary Teacher Training and Nursing make the top ten most popular subjects but the average UCAS tariff score of new entrants is one of the lowest for any subject. These courses look at other important factors such as work experience, empathy, and motivation rather than just entry grades.
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In contrast, far fewer people apply for Veterinary Medicine, but with only seven universities offering courses in it, it has much more demanding entry requirements.
Some students will narrow down their choice of a university with their subject choice. If you want to study Burmese, there is only one option – SOAS, University of London. For those interested in one of the major subjects such as English, Chemistry or Law there may be 40 or more universities offering suitable courses.