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 learning preference
- Assessment style
- Start with your career aspirations
Part of your research into higher education providers and universities should include visiting Open Events, whether these are taking place online or on-campus.
Open Days are an excellent opportunity to ask questions, see the best of student work, meet potential tutors and find out more about student life.
We've compiled the top questions to ask at Open Days, including:
- How practical is the course?
- How will the course be assessed?
- What sort of student support is there?
How to apply
It's time. You've done your research, attended open days, you've made a shortlist and you're ready to start your applications.
If you've not started this yet, here's our timeline of what you should be doing ahead of making an application.
1. September - Research
2. October - Attend Open Days and start your application
3. November - Write your Personal Statement
4. December - Complete and proofread your application
5. January - Submit your application using UCAS
Personal statements, where to begin...
Writing about yourself can feel really challenging, especially when you're not used to it.
So to help you out, we've outlined exactly how to approach writing a personal statement and what you should cover to make it as amazing as you are.
- Give yourself plenty of time
- Plan the structure
- Make it all about you
- Stand out from the crowd
- Proof, proof and proof again
Student finance can be confusing but the thought of taking out a student loan shouldn't be a daunting thought.
Student loans are very different from a personal loan, and are set up so that you only begin to pay your loan back when you're earning over the current threshold, this year that's £26,575 per year.
While it's still a loan, the benefit of studying a degree's include: higher earning potential, access to specailist industry roles as well as transferable skills like critical thinking, problem solving, independance and many more.
University interviews can be a daunting prospect but they are nothing to be worried about. Whether they take place face-to-face or virtually this year, follow these three simple steps and you’re sure to make a good impression, while also finding out if the course is right for you!
- Plan ahead
- Be yourself
- Ask questions
graduates progress to work or study within 6 months of graduating