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Choosing a course

How to find the perfect course for you

Did you know that there are more than 50,000 undergraduate courses available in the UK? There is a lot of information available to help you decide which course, location and UK university or college is right for you.

When choosing a course, it’s worth considering what exactly it is you're looking for. Here are some questions to help you start to think about what is right for you:

  • What subject are you most interested in and why?
  • Which courses are on offer at the universities where you are considering studying? Can you find more about the specific modules and study options on offer?
  • Does the course include a work placement or options of, for example, a semester abroad?
  • How will the course further your career goals and ambitions for the future?
  • Would you prefer to study full-time or part-time?
  • What are the entry requirements?
  • What do other students say about their experiences of the courses you’re interested in?

Use our course finder above to search and compare undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by UK universities. Results can be filtered by field of study, location and course fees. You can use the tool to contact universities directly, or visit their websites.

Other resources

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) offers subject guides, gives insights into UK undergraduate courses, what they involve and how to apply and enrol in UK universities. The Association of Colleges site offers a map of colleges in the UK alongside links and vital information.

A helpful resource for undergraduate students is Discover Uni, the official website for comparing UK higher education course data. On this website you can select and compare subjects, modes of study, teaching outcomes and location to help you learn more about the courses on offer. For each course there is a ‘Key Information Set’ which tells you about professional accreditation, student satisfaction and provides employment statistics. You can also look at the university’s own website and there are a number of university league tables (or rankings) that provide more information.

University websites and prospectuses have full listings of the courses they offer, details of their course content and modules, and previous graduates’ success stories. Many publish student blogs and promotional films, and you will often be able to access material created by current students about their experiences studying in the UK.

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