Selecting the right university course for you is a mean feat, after all spending the next three years of your life with regret isn’t the ideal scenario. But with the right know-how you can make your decision with confidence and go onto enjoying your time at university wholeheartedly.
The educational experts at Getting-In assist thousands of prospective students every year with this huge decision and are here to help you with their essential guide to sorting the wheat from the chaff when it comes to undergraduate courses. Check out their top five tips for selecting the perfect course for you…
1. Never underestimate the power of the ‘open day’
Finding a great course and an even better university is all about maxing out those miles and visiting prospective campuses in person. Whether you are considering a university in a far flung location or a little closer to home, attending open days is an ideal way of studying these new environments and experiencing student life first-hand.
Get to know the syllabus, campus, wider area, tutors and your fellow students with a university visit.
2. Beware of differing course modules
You may be under the assumption that undergraduate courses offer a ‘one size fits all’ approach from university to university. However, each syllabus can differ dramatically depends on the educational facility that runs it. Exercise plenty of attention to detail to find the modules that suit you, your interests and your learning style by analysing the details of your undergraduate courses.
3. Delve deeper into student support networks
The student support facilities of your course can in fact make or break your success, so take a close look at what each university, course and tutor offers. This applies to all undergraduate courses, particularly more academically focussed studies that can be emotionally, physically and mentally draining. As a student you can quite easily be pushed to your limit but with a strong support network you have all the help you need to thrive.
4. Enrol in summer school and test the waters
Summer schools and other pre-university schemes are an excellent way to test the waters before September enrolment arrives. These schemes will allow you to experience the university and wider area in person to make your decision more straight-forward. Taster schemes are also on offer if you are completely unsure about what course you are looking to study and can give students an insight into the finer details of a variety of undergraduate courses.
5. Go with a subject you enjoy
As the saying goes “If you do something you enjoy, you’ll never work a day in your life”, so opt for a subject that you find truly enjoyable and get the very best out of your university experience.