Choosing universities and colleges

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Choosing universities and colleges

How do I choose which universities or colleges to apply to?

You may have found that not every university/college offers every course and even if two universities teach the same course, the courses themselves could be very different. The image below sets out some of things you may want to take into consideration when you're researching universities and colleges.

For the application to university using UCAS, you'll have up to five choices for courses.

For college applications, you apply directly to each college so your choice is basically unlimited as you could apply to as many colleges as you like. 

Open days and tours are a great way to get a feel for a university or college and for what they have to offer. The next big round of university open days will be in June 2020. You can use the time between now and then to narrow down the list of possible universities and colleges that you might want to apply to. Check out our blog on open days. A lot of universities offer tours on Friday afternoons too that you might want to attend to start getting a feel for what different kinds of universities are like.

Some useful links:

Key things to remember:

1. Different universities and colleges might offer the same course, however it is unlikely that the courses will be similar in how or what they teach. e.g. History at one university could be very different to a History course elsewhere.

2. Open days are key opportunities to suss out how a place actually feels and if you can see yourself studying there.

3. Think about your priorities. Different places may appeal to you for different reasons. What aspects of studying at university/college are the most important to you?