Help! How do I choose the right course for me?
There are so many different reasons as to why people choose their course at university. The main thing and the most important thing is to make sure your course is suitable to you! Don’t worry, if you have absolutely no idea which course you want to study but really want to carry on with education, this list includes the top tips to consider when choosing the right course for you:
Think about what subjects you have good knowledge in. This is important as you don’t want to start out a 3 year course and realise you may not pass. Your first year at university mainly includes catching everybody up to the same mark, so don’t worry if you’re not a genius in the subject, just some experience or at least a genuine interest is suggested.
Do you have love and passion for a particular subject? This is something I always try to encourage. University is a choice and it is supposed to be fun. Pick something that you know you’re going to enjoy and can see yourself engaging in for the next few years. If you don’t like your subject, you can easily become distracted and find yourself with lower grades.
Is there something you’ve always dreamed of doing? Have you got a dream job in mind? What would you like to be doing when you leave university and venture off into the real world? This is of huge importance when choosing your course as you want to gain the skills and knowledge which is applicable and specific to your chosen career.
Another suggestion would be to look online at how many jobs are available in your area of interest. This will further your knowledge on how competitive the job is and what grades you need to achieve to be considered for your dream job. If money is something that motivates you, have a look at the annual salary for that job to ensure it is something you definitely want to do.
Every course is different and incudes various ways of learning. Coursework, exams, placement and more so make sure you think about how you learn best! If you hate exams because of the pressure, maybe opt for a course that is heavier on coursework.
The amount of hours vary from course to course. From my experience, I was required to be at university 3-4 hours, 4 days a week. But some of my friends were in for 8 hours, 2 days a week. So your best bet is to ask at open days and find out how many contact hours you have. Remember, this doesn’t include individual study which you must do in your own time if you want higher grades.
Some courses offer extra financial support such as bursaries and scholarships. Check with your course at open days if this is something that is offered and that you may be able to apply for.
Most university courses offer information about their success rates which is fantastic to look at as it gives you the opportunity to compare the same course across universities. You can look online at loads of reviews and suggestions about specific courses at university. The Student Room is a great place to start! Students post information about what it is they are doing and can answer any questions that you may have. Open days are really useful as you can chat to students who can give you honest and nonbiased advice and information about their course.
When choosing my course at university, I picked something based on what I enjoy doing the most. After studying dance for a year, I am still enthusiastic about my course and excited to carry on with it. Hopefully these top tips can help you to pick a course that suits you best!
Nicole Vizard lives in Liverpool and is a resident at Liberty Living. She is in her first year studying Dance at Liverpool John Moores University.