Choosing a course and university
Remember this will be for three or four years, so choose something you love doing and a university you will be happy at. And join Passport - we'll support you as you make choices.
Further infomation is listed below:
You might choose a course because you enjoy the subject or because you know you're good at it. It may be the course is essential for your future career.
Whatever your reasons you must ask yourself:
- Will I enjoy this?
- Will it get me where I want to be?
Do I need a particular degree for my career?
Many graduate jobs demand a degree regardless of subject. Some professions require a particular degree, such as, law or midwifery.
Does it need to be accredited?
Some professions expect you to be a member of a professional body so your course will need to be approved by this organisation, for example, The Chartered Institute of Accounting.
What level do I want to study at?
Higher National Diploma (HND), degree, foundation degree or other? If you choose a HND or foundation degree you could then go in to the second or third year of a degree.
How do I want to study?
Many people choose to study full-time but it's possible to study part-time while you work.
Universities vary greatly as do courses, so think about:
Do they offer the subject I want to study?
Courses with the same title often differ from one university to another, so look closely at the content.
What are the entry requirements?
Check how many UCAS tariff points you need and if work experience is needed.
What is the campus like?
Is it close to major facilities and accommodation?
Do I want to be close to home or not?
Consider how much it will cost to get home to see family and friends
What will the cost of living be?
Cost of living can be important - how far will your loans and grants stretch?
What are facilities like and how much has been invested?
If your course needs specialist equipment or facilities, find out how long it has been since the university has invested in this.
Are there any scholarships and bursaries?
You may be able to get extra financial help at some universities.
More about funding at Teesside