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Choosing a University Course

Choosing a university course isn’t always easy

There are many types of degrees, so deciding which course to do is a big and often daunting decision. 

To assist you, we have produced a helpful guide outlining the key points you need to consider when deciding which degree subject to apply for, and to help you narrow down your options.There are also lots of useful websites below to help you with your University research.

How to research and choose your University Course


This short video covers the key things to consider when making your final UCAS choices.


We also run dedicated sessions with students throughout the year, covering all aspects of the application process, and Mrs Beck is always on hand to speak to students who need advice.


Further Useful Resources

University Research

  • UCAS: All higher education (university) course applications are made through UCAS.
  • Unifrog: This helpful University research tool categorises Universities according to ‘aspirational’ (top of your range), ‘solid’ (in the middle) and ‘safe’ (at the bottom).
  • The Uni Guide: Useful website to research universities and courses.
  • What Uni: Helps students find universities and courses using their University Comparison Tool.
  • Push: An interactive website with loads of useful advice, videos, plus an informative blog and student newsletter.
  • Pure Potential: A good site with useful information, including examples of personal statements by subject area.
  • University Advice
  • Apply to Uni
  • Unibuddy: This online platform allows you to chat with a current student from one of their partner universities and colleges.
  • Russell Group: Information about the top 24 Universities in the UK
  • Informed choices: Entry requirements for Russell Group Universities.
  • Student Stream: Bank of useful webinars on all aspects of the application process. 

University Comparison Sites

  • University Compare: A comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings. 
  • Discover Uni: Lots of statistical information about Uni courses – allows students to compare courses.

University League Tables

University Events, Open Days, Taster Days & Webinars

  • Uni Taster Days: It’s always worth going on a couple of taster days. Students should also attend open days for Universities they are interested in.
  • London subject taster courses: A wide variety of HE subject related free 1 day courses in London usually in late June and early July. 
  • Open Days: Use this site to find out when universities have their Open Days.
  • UK University search webinars: A bank of webinars on all aspects of the University application process. They also run live webinars every Wednesday.
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