Choose your university and course

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With over 38,000 courses to choose from, at around 350 universities and colleges, you might be wondering where to start. You’ve got a big decision to make and with so many options it’s a good idea to pin down exactly what you want from your university experience.

Before you choose

  • Talk to a careers/guidance adviser.
  • Visit www.ucas.com to get more information and compare the courses and universities that interest you. When you apply, you can select up to five choices.
  • Do a keyword search on UCAS – if there’s a specific course title or course combination you want to do, type it directly into the UCAS course finder engine.
  • Do your research carefully – check out university websites, as well as UCAS, so you get a real feel for the place.
  • Consider the course content and not just its title – English at one university is not the same as English at another university.
  • Check the entry requirements – will you need specific subjects (including GCSEs) or work experience? Are you on track to achieve the grades you need?
  • Attend university open days – see our handy checklist for suggestions on things you could ask about. If you're considering Anglia Ruskin, we'd love to see you at one of our undergraduate open days.
  • Get advice from friends, family and school staff – but don't forget the ultimate choice is yours.
  • Try to get to a UCAS HE Fair where you can pick up prospectuses from lots of different universities and speak with their representatives.
  • Have you chosen courses with a range of entry requirements? Try to maximise your chances by making your ‘insurance’ option a course with lower grade requirements than your ‘firm’ choice. 
  • Think about a range of universities with different entry requirements.
  • Above all you should be comfortable with your choices: it's all about finding the best fit for you.
When considering university make sure that the course content has everything you're looking for [and] that the university gives you the chance to enhance your knowledge through voluntary work or placements.

Adam, LLB (Hons) Law, Anglia Ruskin University
Read more about Adam's experiences of choosing a university


Why choose ARU

We're one of the top 40 universities in the UK, and our final-year students rate us highly: 2016 saw our best-ever results in the National Student Survey.

Add to that our world-leading research and multi-million pound facilities, and we're sure that ARU is a place where you can realise your ambitions.