Choosing the right university and course for you is a tough one. Make the most of the resources on offer at your school or college, speak to teachers, speak to careers advisors, and speak to your parents or carers. There is so much information out there, choosing where to apply can seem like an impossible task. Hopefully you have a good idea of what subjects you’ve enjoyed during Key Stage 5 and you can use this as the basis of your search.
Whether you’re looking for the best place to study a particular subject, or the university with the best employment rates, there really is something for everyone. There are some excellent guides put together by major newspapers that can point the direction to the best institutions in particular fields. There are other guides that can advise based on the male to female ratio... how you choose to make your decision is down to you, and you alone. If you are struggling, a good place to start is to decide whether you would you prefer to live in a rural or cosmopolitan area, might you prefer a campus or city based university? Think about where in the country you want to live. Some students opt to go as far away from home as possible, some want to stay close enough to be able to get home quickly, but far enough to feel independent, and some can’t stand the idea of crossing the North South divide, whilst others want to experience something different. The most important thing to remember is that you are making this decision for yourself. Never base your university choice on the needs of friends, boyfriends, or girlfriends. While some students do have caring responsibilities and so are restricted in their options, this is your first step into the adult world and it’s a step you must take alone. Make sure you are not swayed by anyone except you.
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Many prospective students look for the overall ‘best’ university. As it stands, there is not one single ranking system for all universities. Instead institutions are ranked on things like student satisfaction, research credit, fees, career prospects, and teaching quality. Using a site like Unistats, means you can search institutions based on what its students have said. You can also look at the way the course you are interested in is taught, post-degree destinations, and how students responded to satisfaction surveys and so on.
With thanks to educationuk.org, we’ve put together a list of all 160 institutions in the UK that offer degree level courses. Keep in mind that there are a further 700 colleges that provide courses that lead to a degree validated by an institution that has awarding powers.