There are over 150 higher education providers to choose from in the UK.
You may have an idea about the type of institution you want to attend e.g. a traditional redbrick university, a newer university, campus based university or you may want to go to a local college.
Decide what’s most important to you and ask yourself:
- How good are the job prospects and the rate of graduate employment?
- What is the quality of teaching like?
- What are the study facilities like?
- What is the accommodation like? Does the university offer halls, what are the costs?
- Location – do you need a car? If so is there parking? What is local transport like?
- Do you like the environment?
- What opportunities are there to do work placements and which employers do they link with?
- What opportunities are there for part time jobs?
- Does the university or college have a good careers department?
- Are there opportunities to study abroad?
- Do you want to move away from home? If so, how far?
- Do you prefer a traditional or newer university?
- Do you prefer a campus university (accommodation and teaching facilities mainly on one site) or a non-campus university (accommodation and teaching facilities are located within a town or city)?
- How good are the social and sporting facilities?
- Does the university have a good reputation for the subject you are interested in?
- What student support is available? g. disability support, financial advice?
- What bursaries/scholarships does the university offer?
The best way to decide where to study is to make a shortlist of places to visit at an open day. If you can’t manage to get to any or as many as you like you can do a virtual tour www.ucas.com/virtual-tours