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Higher education in the UK. 10 questions to ask yourself before you apply to university

24.09.2014

Our educational consultants have prepared a list of questions you should consider before applying to university. If you are planning higher education in the UK please answer these questions for yourself.

10 questions which you need to ask yourself before you apply to university:

1. Three more academic years?

University is a mistake if you don’t like academic work. If you don’t have a positive result at the end the benefits of a university degree will dwindle rapidly. Find out what your course consists of and speak to your teacher to find out if your strengths match this course.

2. What is more important: the course or the university?

This is likely to be the most important question you’ll ask yourself when you’re looking at university and course rankings. If you know what you would like to do in the future, check the recent recruits of your prospective employer. If you want to study the subject you are mostly interested in go first to the rankings.

3. What is the course content?

A psychology course might not be connected with Sigmund Freud and you might study more statistics than you think. Just because you liked Maths at school it doesn’t mean you’ll like it at university.

4. Do you know how many teaching hours are offered and the number of students taking the course?

Most courses are based on lectures and you may be among 100s of students for most of the course. Check the number of hours offered in tutorials.

5. Where is better for you: in a town or in the countryside?

Where would you like to live? Some students prefer campus, others like the lights of big cities. It’s important that you feel happy during three years of study at the university.

6. What accommodation will you be offered?

Does the university guarantee a place in their halls of residence? It’s easier to make friends living in a residence. You will also need to know whether you will reside alone or share a room with another student. How far is the residence from the main block of study? Do students prefer to rent a flat or a house after the first year?

7. What do the graduates think of the university?

Many students will have opinions about the life and study at the university – try and find what these opinions are. It’s always good to speak to the students who studied there and especially who did the same course as you.

8. Are you interested in extracurricular activities?

Find out what extracurricular activities the university offers - are these clubs or societies you’d like to join?

9. Are you thinking of a gap year? Why?

If you are not confident in what you would like to study or you feel you are not ready for university life, a gap year could help. But do not treat a gap year as a rest. University attitudes towards this vary. So think seriously about it before you make a decision.

10. What are your prospects after you graduate?

How much will university cost and will you earn enough to repay the outlay? Your perspectives vary according to the university and course you chose. Find out which companies the previous students worked for and if you could work for them too.



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