How to choose a degree

A UCEN Manchester student at graduation.

What you need to consider when choosing your qualification.

Choosing a degree when there are so many options available can seem a little daunting, especially as you want to make the right decision on what you’ll be studying for the next few years.

If you are heading into higher education but are not sure what to study, here are a few top tips to help you seal the deal.

Identify your style of learning

Do you love the art of essay writing and burying yourself in books? Or are you more of a hands on learner, picking up new skills while completing tasks?

Choosing the right degree means finding a style of learning that suits you and one that fills you with confidence. Some sectors, such as Make-Up Artistry and Special Effects, focus on the practical elements and skills of the job while others, including those in Criminology and Social Justice , help you to explore the latest laws and theories.

At UCEN Manchester, we have a fantastic range of qualifications to help you gain your dream degree no matter which learning style you prefer.


Assessments and exams are part of any degree qualification. The key is making that sure you choose the method of assessments that matches your preferences and abilities.

From PowerPoint presentations to practical experiments, 10,000 word dissertations to end-of-year design projects, showing just how much you’ve learned can be done in many different ways. While some people can’t wait to write with flair, others are more comfortable taking centre stage to tell all about their inspiration.

One thing to remember is to be open to new experiences. Being assessed in a new and different way can often improve your skills and help you to stand out from the crowd. At UCEN Manchester, our expert tutors are always on hand to offer academic and personal support every step of the way.

Pinpoint your passion

They say do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, and the same is true in education!

Choosing a degree in a subject or area that you are passionate about will bring out your best work and will ensure you have a truly enjoyable and memorable learning experience.

If you’re a people person, why not explore our Health and Care Professions? Our Computing department is always on the look-out for logical yet creative thinkers to excel in one of the UK’s most rapidly changing industry.

If you’re still not sure, you can always speak to one of our dedicated team on 0161 674 7777 who can talk you through your options.

Whatever your passion and whatever your goal, we have the right degree for you.

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