When it comes to supporting students researching and making decisions about higher education, we understand it can be an overwhelming and exciting time for school and college practitioners. Here, I will provide guidance to help you when you support students to make informed university decisions.
We always recommend students choose their course first, this way students can avoid the disappointment of not being able to go to a particular university because they do not offer the course they want. There are thousands of courses to choose from and many will be in subject areas which students have not had the chance to study previously. Some may wish to explore these new options whilst many students will continue to study a subject that they are familiar with and enjoy. It could also be the case that students need to apply for specific courses to help them follow their desired career path.
We encourage students to research their
courses by looking at course content, module
options and assessment methods. Many
courses will have the same course title,
however, what will be taught and how they
are assessed will differ at each institution.
University course content is driven by the
academics that teach on the programme and is
often focused on their expert areas of research,
allowing students to explore and study the
topics they are interested in by experts in the
field of study. It is also important to advise
students to be both optimistic and realistic in
their expected grade profile for applications,
allowing them to have options available to them
on results day in case their results are not as
Once students have their course selected, they can then have a look at which universities offer it. Depending on the course chosen, students may have a varying number of universities to choose from, but from those available, there are several factors they may then want to consider:
Attending university open days and taster days
are the best way for students to make informed
decisions about universities and courses.
These events give students the chance to
take campus and accommodation tours, find
out more about the courses and the student
experience, attend taster sessions, and explore
the local area.
Whilst there is a lot of information available online, we always recommend students visit a couple of their top choice universities in person, to be able to get a feel for whether the student sees themselves fitting in there.
This free newsletter will include information on university events added to UniTasterDays, as well as details about new webinars and blog releases for you and your students.
by Rebecca Wills
posted on 22 Feb '24
With so many graduates now entering the job market, a degree alone is not always enough. It is therefore very important that you work on developing your employability skills throughout your time at university, and university careers services are experts in offering a range of support to help you achieve this successfully. I will tell you more about some of the opportunities here.