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Choosing your UK degree course

Deciding what to study at University

When deciding on what subject to study at university you should consider:

  • which subjects you're intested in
  • what you enjoy learning about
  • what your talents and strengths are
  • what job you would like to do afterwards
  • academic skills you would you like to improve

If you're unsure on which course's you're interested in, you can get some ideas from searching through the different courses on the UCAS website or explore different roles and careers linked to subject areas on the Prospects website. This helps to see which jobs link directly with specific courses.

Information on courses

You can find information from:

  • university prospectuses (most universities will send prospectuses in the post for free or have a downloadable digital copy on their websites)
  • the Higher Education Fair held annually in March (visit the Higher Education Fair section on the Jersey Skills Show website for more information)
  • the Uni Guide website
  • talking to people: you may know a friend or relative who is currently at university or already graduated. It can be insightful to hear directly from people who have experience of university to find out how they found their course

What else to consider

Other points to consider when choosing your course are:

  • higher education offers a broader range of subjects than school, so if your subject interest is chemistry, you might consider degrees in chemical engineering, forensic science, environmental chemistry or brewing, try and think about what it is about the subject you are interested in, and how your interests and skills gained so far can translate into a related field. Look at the full course breakdown at each institution; a degree course at one university can be very different from a course at another
  • an honours degree is not the only qualification, a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a foundation degree may be more suitable
  • if you want to study more than 1 subject then combined or joint courses may be the best option for you

Help and advice on further questions

If you're currently in education, speak to your careers or subject teacher. You can also get contact Skills Jersey to book an appointment to discuss in more detail.

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