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UCAS Undergraduate: what to study

Trying to decide what degree you should do? Find information and advice about choosing what to study and where to go to university.
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There's a lot to consider when choosing a course, so our guide gives you hints on what to think about.
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1. Choose a subject

  • The important thing is to choose a subject you’ll enjoy that will help you reach your goals.
  • Think about what you enjoy doing day-to-day – maybe this could be part of a future job role.
  • Explore jobsites and graduate careers to look for ideas to work or study towards.
  • Take a look at our subject guides to get an idea of the types of subjects you could study.

2. Choose a type of undergraduate course

Most students study for an undergraduate degree.

These are dynamic academic environments with lectures and seminars, usually made up of different modules adding up to the full degree. Each course varies in learning styles, assessment methods and topics studied – and you'll usually get to choose some of the modules you take.

Options for achieving a degree

Here are some examples of the types of undergraduate courses you can do:

There are quicker qualifications too.

They don't lead directly to a degree, but you can go on and join the second or third year of a full degree if you change your mind and want to graduate after all.

  • One year of a degree – a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE).
  • Two years of a degree – a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Foundation degree, which combines academic study with workplace learning.

3. Choose where to study

Some students set their heart on a particular uni, while others just want to choose the course they like the sound of best. Either way is fine, but there are a few things to check first.