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CHOOSING A UNIVERSITY


Choosing a university course from the thousands available can be a daunting task, especially if students are unsure of what they would like to study or are considering a course that they would not normally study at school or college, such as engineering, law or psychology.


The Course Search on the UCAS website - www.ucas.com - allows students to search for specific subjects and lists the UK universities where these degrees are offered. It should be noted that universities often offer a much wider range of subjects than is normally available in schools and colleges and the UCAS website can also identify courses related to familiar subjects. For example, a student who is interested in studying biological sciences at the University of Dundee would also be alerted to our degrees in biochemistry, anatomical sciences, pharmacology, microbiology and sports biomedicine.


Once a subject area has been identified, the next step is to consider in detail the universities which offer these degrees.


For example: • qualifications and grades required to be considered for the degree - these will vary from one university to another


• location and size of the campus • location of accommodation in relation to the campus • financial implications - living costs and tuition fees • employment opportunities after graduation • departmental ratings for research and teaching quality.


Pick up a prospectus The details above should be considered carefully before an application is made and the best source of information is the university prospectus, an information booklet introducing the university and providing details of entry grades and course content.


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