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With so many courses and many similar ones out there, find out more about comparing them and choosing the right one for you.
There’s a lot to consider when choosing a course, so our guide gives you hints on what to think about.
Compare course content
When you search for courses, read through the details to see if you like what’s on offer and how it’s taught.
- Which modules are the most interesting and relevant to your career aspirations?
- How many lectures are there and how much group work will be done in seminars?
- What combination of exams, coursework or presentations is the course assessed by?
- Who are the tutors and are they experts in areas you want to learn about?
International and EU students. In the UK degree courses tend to be very specialised, allowing students to focus on their chosen student from their first day. However there are others that allow you more flexibility in what you study – so when you start searching for courses, make sure you read the course descriptions carefully, and click through to university websites for further information.
Compare course providers and locations
There are a few ways you can research universities and colleges – read their websites or prospectuses, or speak to them at course provider open days.
- What subject areas do they specialise in?
- Can you study abroad or get help with work placements?
- Do they have sports facilities or societies you’d want to join?
- How near home, a city centre or the countryside are they?
International and EU students. There are hundreds of universities and colleges in the UK with different specialities.
So rather than choosing a famous university, see where has the best courses for you.
- Ask how many other international students or students from your country are studying there.
- Find out if the university has cultural or social clubs you would like to join.
- Remember to check entry requirements in the course descriptions to see what you need to do to get a place on a course.
Many further education colleges now offer higher education courses.
- These include Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), foundation degrees, and bachelor degrees, and can be found using our search tool.
- Some also offer a range of other higher level courses, including professional qualifications, teaching qualifications and in some cases, master’s degrees.
Check subject and university reviews
As well as talking through your ideas with family, friends, teachers or advisers, you can find other opinions online.
- Get the student viewpoint at Unistats for subject and course provider reviews.
- Read course provider reviews from The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
- Check league tables that rank course providers. Make sure you check the sources though, as some are biased. (The Guardian, The Times and The Complete University Guide are some of the more impartial places to look).