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How to choose between undergraduate courses and unis

With so many courses and many similar ones out there, find out more about comparing them and choosing the right one for you.
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If you're not sure what kind of course to study yet, get started here with info on course types and entry requirements. If you're ready to search for courses, here's some advice on narrowing down your choices.

Compare course content

When you search for courses, read through the details to see if you like what’s on offer and how it’s taught.
  • Which modules are the most interesting and relevant to your career aspirations?
  • How many lectures are there and how much group work will be done in seminars?
  • What combination of exams, coursework or presentations is the course assessed by?
  • Who are the tutors and are they experts in areas you want to learn about?
When choosing a course, remember that not all courses with the same name are identical.

Compare course providers and locations

There are a few ways you can research universities and colleges – read their websites or prospectuses, or speak to them at UCAS events and course provider open days.
  • What subject areas do they specialise in?
  • Can you study abroad or get help with work placements?
  • Do they have sports facilities or societies you’d want to join?
  • How near home, a city centre or the countryside are they?

Read through our guides below to find out more about the different regions.


  • If you want to study music, dance, drama, or musical theatre, studying at a conservatoire could be the best option for you.
  • Conservatoire courses focus on practical tuition, performance experience, and encouraging a great variety of creative influences and ideas – all backed up by academic study and professional development.

Find out how to choose between courses and conservatoires

College-based HE

Many further education colleges now offer higher education courses.

Check subject and university reviews

As well as talking through your ideas with family, friends, teachers or advisers, you can find other opinions online.
  • Get the student viewpoint at Unistats for subject and course provider reviews.
  • Read course provider reviews from The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
  • Check league tables that rank course providers. Make sure you check the sources though, as some are biased. (The Guardian, The Times and The Complete University Guide are some of the more impartial places to look).

Teaching Excellence Framework

The Government has introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to give information about universities and colleges, intended to help you decide where to study. Universities and colleges achieving TEF awards can increase their fees in line with inflation, for full-time courses starting from September 2017. It is up to each university or college to decide whether or not to change their fees.