The use of keywords is advantageous to both you and potential applicants. When an applicant uses our Course Search facility to search for available courses, they can choose a keyword by which to search, known as the 'subject search'. All courses with this keyword will then be displayed, so applicants are informed about appropriate courses, and your course is promoted.
Recent analysis of unique IP address use of the UCAS Course Search indicates that the subject search is by far the most popular of the 3 search options currently available*.
This is done through the web-link (courses) interface by the following route from the main course menu:
Keywords attached to courses can be viewed in either keyword order or in alphabetical order of course title. Keywords may be classed as 'Single subject' or not, and as 'Main' or 'SUG' (Suggested). These terms are explained below.
From either of these views, clicking on a course title will display the 'Course Search keywords' selection page. An alternative route to this is from the 'Course Details' page:
The 'Course Search keywords' selection page is split into two parts.
However, if a course only has a 'Suggested keyword' and not a related 'Main keyword', the course will not be displayed in any search under the 'Main keyword' alone.
If the keyword describes only one component of a joint or major/minor course, the 'Single subject' box should not be ticked.
Once the required number and type of keywords have been allocated (up to the limit of 10), the results are saved to one or both available years by clicking one of the 'Update' buttons.
To move to another course, either enter the UCAS course code (and option code, if applicable) at the bottom left of the screen and click on 'View New Course', or return to the list screen by clicking on 'Course/Keyword list' (or 'Keyword/Course list') near the top right of the screen.
There are over 4,500 valid keywords to choose from, but additions to the list may be requested by an email to the Data Collection Team at email@example.com.
*Between January and March 2010, approximately 600,000 unique IP addresses accessed the UCAS course code search function. During the same time period, almost 5 million unique IP addresses accessed the UCAS subject search function.