With so many university courses on offer, where do you even begin?
To help you narrow down your search on UCAS and choose a university that feels right for you, we've come up with this simple 5-step approach.
1. Is the course right for you?
First things first. Choose a subject that you're passionate about. Then take a look at the course content. What modules will you be able to choose? Will you be writing essays and carrying out research? Or is the course more hands-on, with plenty of creative projects and field trips?
2. What are the graduate prospects?
The next thing to consider is graduate prospects. How many students are in work or further study after graduating? Employers value exprience. Does your course incorporate some industry experience, a work placement, or offer a chance to work on live briefs?
3. What's the location and social scene like?
Since you'll call this home for the next three years, consider what environment you'd like to live in. Are you looking for a small university with a close-knit community feel? Or do you feel more at home in a big, bustling city? Go to an Open Day, if you can, to get a feel for the place.
4. What extra support is available to you?
University is your time to explore new things. Trying a new sport or joining an interest society is a great way to make new friends. But there may also be times when you need some extra support. Is any financial support available? Will the university help you get your head around assessments? Will there be a friendly face you can to talk to?
5. Are there any opportunities to go abroad?
Time spent studying abroad looks brilliant on a graduate CV. Plus, it's a great way to explore a new country and make friends from all over the world. Make sure you check whether the university you're applying for offers any global opportunities.
Want to get a feel for university life?
The best way to know if a university feels right for you is by attending an Open Day. We have a range of upcoming Open Days, where you can experience our creative and supportive community for yourself. You'll be able to find out all about our flexible modules and how we'll give you the freedom to study what you love and turn your passion into a profession with our Professional Placement Year.
Disclaimer: The Bath Spa blog is a platform for individual voices and views from the University's community. Any views or opinions represented in individual posts are personal, belonging solely to the author of that post, and do not represent the views of other Bath Spa staff, or Bath Spa University as an institution.
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