Check the entry requirements for the courses you apply for. They should be used as a guide to the academic standard the university expects from applicants.
- These are often quite specific so make sure you check them.
- Other than that, how you choose depends on what's most important to you.
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 most interesting, or most 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 – Unistats for subject and course provider reviews, and icould for people talking about how they found their ideal job.
- 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.)