Some students study for the love of a subject or for a career. Check that your course will meet your needs and that you have checked what other routes there are to your destination, whether via Higher Education or alternatives, such as School Leaver Schemes or Apprenticeships. Help with research can be found via your independent careers adviser, Prospects & National Careers Service
Attend Open Days, Events, Exhibitions, Open/Public Lectures and Performances throughout Year 12 to research what courses and certain careers are like. Many courses now also look for work experience so, organise this early in the academic year (you can apply for some schemes in October for a July placement). With over 37,000 different things to study in the UK, it is important you find the right option for you. Some courses are very exam based, some assessed by coursework or essays, others practical, whereas others are great for employability and others poor for graduate prospects.
Here are two strategies to choose from, to help you find the right course for you!
Now you have some courses you are interested in, research these in more depth. Find out how the courses are taught and how well the courses are rated for things like graduate job prospects, drop-out rate and quality of teaching. Various league tables compile this data in different ways so, use more than one.
Open event and online discussions are useful in finding out what places are like.
Keep an eye on application deadlines and check entry criteria carefully as these BOTH vary from course to course.
It is really important for you to match the entry requirements against your predicted grades. Most students apply for a range of courses so, if they don’t quite get the grades they need for their first choice, they have enough for their insurance (second) choice.
These links will help you with this: