A Levels: The next steps to University

Before applying to University

Choosing the right course

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Choosing a course to study at University is a key decision, but it can be a really tough one to make. If you are still in the process of deciding, here is the list of things you should consider:

What subject?

This is one of the biggest things you will have to decide, and it can be a really tricky choice. It’s worth thinking about the following:

–  Do you have a job in mind in the future? If so, you may have to choose a specific course for the job in mind

– What A Level do you like studying/ are good at studying right now? If there’s nothing that springs to mind, you can always study something completely new!

What are the A Level entry requirements?

These vary between different courses and universities.

What is the course content?

Try and find out as much information as you can about the individual modules you’ll be studying on the course. If you can’t see the information online, you can always call or email the University’s enquiry team, who will happily give you all the information they can.

Single Honours or Joint Honours?

If you’re really stuck between two courses, it’s worth finding out if the University allows you to study both as a joint honours.

How is the course assessed?Girl with laptop studying

Are there any exams? Will it be essay based? Will there be group work?

Does the course come with any added extras?

These could be things such as study trips, or placements, which can enrich your experience at University and could make you more employable.

Does the course have links with the industry? Does it offer a chance to meet industry experts?

If you are considering a practical course, such as Engineering, this is a key feature to consider. Meeting people in the industry you’re looking to go into, can really help you decide on the kind of job you might like after you’ve graduated.

Does the course come with accreditation?

This is an important aspect to look out for – some professions may require this.

What is the Academic team like?

The quality of teaching is very important, but it’s also important to consider what there are like as people. Are they friendly and approachable? Do they seem passionate about their subject? The best way to find out is by attending an Open Day, where you will be able to meet them face to face.

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