Higher education can last a long time and lead to a long career, so you’ll want to decide what’s right for you.
- A subject you’ll enjoy
- Chances to use and improve your skills
- A qualification that helps you move nearer to a career you want
What do you want to do in the future?
Many people don’t have a clear idea about their career aims, but there’s plenty you can do to narrow it down.
What kinds of higher education are there?
There's a wide range of courses from degrees to performing arts and additional study options after you graduate.
How to choose a course
When you’ve chosen a subject area you can look for ideal courses – here's how to do it.
- Research the different ways you can choose a course.
- Ask questions at events and open days.
- Look at the entry requirements you'll need to meet. It’s worth checking early whether you'll need specific subjects or grades in further education to get a place on the course.
Check the different application deadlines too – undergraduate deadlines, performing arts deadlines, postgraduate teacher training deadlines, or check other postgraduate dates directly with course providers.
Does university inspire your mind? Yes, absolutely. It gives you a passion to aspire to greater things, nurtures your soul and allows you to partake in incredible opportunities."
Rachel Boydell, The Times/UCAS Writing Competition entrant, University of Central Lancashire