With so many undergraduate courses available, finding the best degree for your needs can be a tiresome procedure; you should make a start by narrowing down the options.
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the thousands of different degrees available to students in the United Kingdom. In addition, applicants for degrees can choose at most five related courses to improve the chance of being accepted to university. As you can see, choosing the correct degree is not a simple task.
What are the Types of Undergraduate Qualifications?
Choosing the correct subject to study will determine greatly on the type of qualification you will be studying. For instance, if you are an aspiring engineer or social worker, you may find it best to apply for a practical course such as the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or the Higher National Diploma (HND). A bachelors degree is the more popular undergraduate option when entering higher education, but it is not the only option available.
The bachelor’s degree is assessed using a combination of group projects, assignments and written examinations. In the majority of cases, the degree will include opportunities for study in the industry or a year overseas. Most of the bachelor degrees, with certain exceptions, are three or four years in length; however, shorter options do exist including the Higher National Diploma or the foundation degrees (FD), for example, those offered by School of Natural Health Sciences.
Choosing the Degree Subject
For students who have a specific career in mind, such as journalism, law or medicine, choosing the degree subject should be a simple task. If, however, you are torn between different career paths, it is recommended that you ask yourself the following questions as a starting point to choose a degree subject:
- what subjects do you enjoy studying?
- what are the subjects you are particularly skilled at?
- are the subjects you are interested in subjects you have studied previously?
- what do you see yourself doing after leaving university and will your choice in degree affect this progression?
The majority of graduate positions require candidates to be educated to degree level without any specific discipline; therefore, finding a subject you enjoy that will develop transferable skills means you will more than likely gain a degree of higher standing while having fun during your studying period.
How to Compare Courses
It is important to note that no two universities in the United Kingdom offer identical courses for the same degree. When comparing the courses, it is vital that you consider the following:
- the ranking and reputation of the course using the Times Higher Education or QS World Rankings
- the course structure, timetable and modules; thereby, assessing if the course will match your studying preference
- the additional options available on the course, such as a year employment in
- the industry or time to study overseas
- the post-course employability prospects
The Key Information Set is one of the most useful course comparison resources offered by higher education course data providers. This resource will offer an accurate assessment of the courses, compiling information on the following elements:
- the destination of the graduates six months after completion of the course
- the amount the graduates are earning six months after completion of the course
- the average cost of the course, including any tuition and university housing rates
- the student satisfaction with university quality of teaching
An essential factor when choosing a university and degree is considering where the choice will take you once you have completed the course.
Finding the Correct University
As of 2016, more than 150 recognised universities were operating in the United Kingdom. Beneficial items to consider when choosing your ideal university include the following:
- the town or city in which the university is located
- the travelling costs to and from the university
- the university culture, including what the university can offer and the students’ union
- the overall student satisfaction scores
Submission of an application for full-time university education via UCAS allows you to opt for at most five courses; thereby, giving you scope to explore various institutions. There are various ways whereby you can conduct research into the university that will suit you best, including visiting websites, attending open days and visiting university fairs. Finding the best university can be difficult, but it is not impossible.