Choose your university and course
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.