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How do I choose the right course?

So, have you been thinking about what career you want to aim for? If you have an idea of where you are heading, then it is sometimes easier to see which path you should take – but don’t panic if you still don’t know exactly where you want to end up, you can still pick a course that is right for you!

One of the most important questions you have to ask yourself when choosing a course is: will I enjoy it?

It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But it is essential that you enjoy your course because once you pick a degree at university it will be the only thing that you study. If you don’t pick a subject you’re interested in then it will be harder to stay motivated and might make your university experience less enjoyable.

So, how do you know whether you will enjoy a course?

Once again, the answer is research! There are 52,000 higher education courses currently on offer in the UK, so you have a LOT to choose from. If you know what career you want to do then you can start by researching which qualifications you need, and then start thinking about which university to pick.

If you are unsure what career you want to pursue, then have a look at our career section, or ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which subjects do I enjoy the most at school/college?
  • Which subjects am I the best at?
  • What are my top three interests outside of school?

If you keep these three questions in mind while you look at different career options and different course options, then you will be on the right track! One fantastic tip is to look through different university websites and prospectuses – they are usually broken down into subject areas such as ‘Science and Engineering’, which means you can find an area that interests you and then look at what specific courses are on offer.

We have some resources to help you research different courses so check these out and make a note of any courses that capture your attention. Once you have a list of possible options then you can start deciding which ones would be best for you!

  • The Spartan Test is primarily there to help you work out what career you want, but it will also suggest some subject areas that might interest you.
  • The UCAS Search Tool has a list of all the courses in the country and is especially useful if you know which course you want to research.
  • Finally, Unistats has lots of fantastic information and stats about all the different courses on offer in the UK.

Once you’ve completed your course research, start to think about which universities you might be interested in and take a look at their websites and prospectuses, or book onto an open day either at our Partner universities or those nationwide to see what courses they have to offer.

North East Raising Aspiration Partnership
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Newcastle University

Tel: 0191 208 3128