With so many courses, and many that seem so very similar,, it’s important that you find out more about the course and the university as well to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
Comparing course content
Once you’ve chosen the type of course you’d like to study, here are some things to consider when comparing different courses, and the different universities available to you.
1. Look at the modules covered in each course. Are they relevant to you?
2. How many lectures are there in each module, and how much group work will be done in seminars.
3. What does the assessment at the end of each module look like – exams, coursework, presentation…etc
4. Who are the tutors, and are they experts in this area.
5. Remember that not all courses with the same name are identical in content.
In the UK, degree courses tend to be very specialised, allowing you to focus on your chosen subject from day one. However, there are other courses that allow a little more flexibility in what you study – when you start searching for courses, make sure you read the course descriptions carefully, and click through to university websites for further information.
Advice from students on picking the right course
There are many ways you can research a university, including going on to their website, reading their prospectus, looking at online reviews, social media and word of mouth reviews. However, ideally you should really go and see the campus for yourself.
Once you have shortlisted the universities you are interested in, there are a number of things to consider when comparing each one:
1. Do they specialise in your subject of choice?
2. Can you study part of your course abroad, or get help with work placements?
3. Do they have sports facilities or societies that you might want to join?
4. How near to home, a city centre, or the countryside are they?
5. What accommodation is available for students?
There are hundreds of universities and colleges in the UK with different subject specialisms. Here are some top tips to help you:
1. Ask how many other international students or students from your country are studying there.
2. Find out if the university has any cultural or social clubs you would like to join.
3. Remember to check entry requirements in the course descriptions to see what you need to get a place.