First check entry requirements
- Read about the kinds of entry requirements courses can have.
- Use our search tools to see exactly what each course requires.
Other than that, how you choose depends on what's most important to you.
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Compare course content
Take a look at how courses are delivered, search for different courses in the subject you want to do and check out the details.
- What are the modules like?
Which are the most interesting or relevant to your career direction?
- How's the course assessed?
Exams, coursework, presentations etc – what do you prefer?
- What are the tutors like?
Are they experts in areas you want to learn about?
Compare course providers and locations
- What do they offer?
Do they have sports facilities or societies you'd want to join?
- What extras can they provide?
Can you study abroad or get help with work placements?
- Where are they in the country?
How near home or a city centre are they?
See what other people think
Talk through your ideas with family, friends, teachers or advisers. See what you find online.
- Get the student viewpoint at Unistats for subject and course provider reviews.
- Read course provider reviews on The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education website.
- Check league tables that rank course providers. Make sure you check the sources though – some are biased. (The Guardian, The Times and The Complete University Guide are more impartial places to take a look.)