How to Read a Prospectus

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How to Read a Prospectus

How to read a prospectus

Prospectus (Noun): A printed booklet advertising a school or university to potential parents / carers or students

Prospectuses are pretty essential for all of the information you need to know about a university or college and you'll find as the year goes on that you'll probably start collecting a nice stack of them in the corner of your bedroom!

They include information on the college or uni in general, such as location and campuses, and mainly show you what courses are available and what you need to get onto that course. Prospectuses are also a great way to find out about what is included in the course, and how you will be taught and assessed.

Often, this information is also available on university websites too.

Here's our handy guide on how to read a prospectus (hover/click on the circles to get explanations):




What are the key things to look out for in a prospectus?

  • Entry requirements (including minimum requirements)
  • Course information
  • Societies and clubs
  • Statistics, for example, about how much students enjoy their courses, what students go on to do after their course finishes, and where the institution places in league tables

Where else can I find information about university courses?

What you might find is that when you're reading a prospectus you get more ideas about courses you want to study. If you then want to look at some other universities that offer these courses, you can use the UCAS Course Search Tool to find a whole list. This is a really useful tool once you know which courses you're interested in or even if you just fancy a browse of what different universities have to offer.

If you have found a course you are interested in, a great next step is to go along to the university's open day where you can find out more about the course, the campus and other facilities / opportunities on offer.  

Key things to remember:

1. Prospectuses have a whole load of information and can be a little intimidating. That's ok, just break it down into chunks like the ones shown above. How about using a highlighter to pick out key information?

2. If you find a course that you hadn't considered before, use the UCAS Course Search Tool to find more universities that offer that course.