With such an extensive variety of different undergraduate courses on offer, finding and choosing a suitable degree is often a lengthy process, so we suggest you start by narrowing your options down.
It comes as no surprise that you may feel overwhelmed or confused by the countless degrees available to UK students, not to mention the fact that an applicant is able to choose as many as 5 related courses in order to enhance their chances of becoming accepted into a university. You will soon find out that picking a degree is not going to be a simple task. Check out this guide from GBS Corporate to help you decide.
Graduate Qualification Types
The subject that you choose is the determining factor of the qualification type that you will study for. An example of this will include when you are currently an aspiring engineer or social worker, you are probably better suited to practical courses like an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) or an HND (Higher National Diploma). The bachelor’s degrees happen to be a more popular type of undergraduate route to higher education, yet there are other alternatives.
Bachelor’s degrees are assessed by combinations of assignments, written exams along with group projects. In most cases, they are inclusive of opportunities for 1 year in industry or abroad.
The majority of the Bachelor’s degrees along with a few exceptions include 3 to 4 years. There are a few shorter courses like the HND (Higher National Diploma) or FD (Foundation Degrees).
Choosing Your Degree Subject
For the students that already know what career path they are interested in pursuing, like journalism, law or medicine, the choice in a subject is usually straightforward. However, when you are still not sure and torn between the different possibilities, a starting point would include answering these questions:
- What subjects do you enjoy studying?
- Are there any particular subjects you are already good at?
- Are subjects that you are interested in, the type you have studied before?
- What type of plans do you have when you finish university? Would your choice in a specific degree, interfere or affect this?
Many of the graduate jobs require that the candidates are educated to a degree – without specific disciplines. This means that finding subjects that you like that will result in developing your own transferable skills can mean you increase your chances of obtaining a degree of a higher standard, and you will also enjoy doing it.
Compare the Courses
The universities in the UK do not offer courses that are identical for a degree. When you compare the courses from different universities, keep these points in mind:
- The ranking and reputation of a course, through Times Higher Education or QS World Rankings (UK)
- Timetable, modules and course structure, making sure the course is matching up to your preferences
- Added opportunities that the course has on offer like one year in an industry or studying abroad
- Your prospects for employment
The KIS (Key Information Set) is a comparison tool that is useful for courses which is managed by Unistats (a higher education course data provider). To offer a judgment that is accurate for a course, it has compiled information on:
- Satisfaction in association to teaching quality
- The destination for graduates 6 months after they has completed a course, as well as what they are earning
- The typical costs for the course, which includes tuition fees and accommodation
An essential portion of selecting a university and a degree is to think about where your choices may take you as soon as you graduate.
Finding the Right University
Since 2016, there are now over 150 recognised universities across the UK. A few tips to keep in mind when you start to narrow down your choices will include:
- Travel costs to and from university
- The culture of the university which includes any student unions as well as what this can offer you with
- The town or the city where the university is situated
- The satisfaction scores of the students
When you submit your application for higher education full-time through UCAS, it will allow you to choose 5 courses, which gives you the scope in order to explore different institutions. There are numerous ways to conduct your own research into what university will match up to your requirements:
Use these opportunities to ask alumni and current students any questions you may have when it comes to their experiences, while getting an overall feel about the university well before your application.
An official website of the university and its presence on social media is also a good way to make an assessment on how a university is presenting itself.
Attend the University Fairs
If you cannot make it to an open day, there are also local fairs where you can ask questions and for advice. The fairs also offer an opportunity to explore the different higher education choices on offer.