Choosing the Right Undergraduate Degree

college graduationAs you work your way through High School you’ll start to consider your options for a future career. If you wish to take on A-Levels and attempt to study at a University there will be plenty of hard work and decisions to make along the way. One of the biggest decisions you will make is to choose which undergraduate degree and University is right for you. It can be an overwhelming process to come to, especially as the majority of students are making the decision at 17 when they are still growing up.

We’ve put together a handy guide to help you make that choice when the time comes.

Undergraduate Qualifications

Depending on the type of subject you pursue, the qualification will differ. The majority of people will look towards a Bachelors degree, but if you are pursuing a career within a specialist area of work you might be better suited to a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). These types of degrees are taught partly on the job and for careers such as engineering or social work you are likely to take on a degree such as this.

For Bachelors degrees you are assessed partly in written exams and partly with group assignments and written coursework undertaken throughout the course of the degree. In many cases a Bachelors degree will include one year abroad to study or within the industry to work for a year.

Choosing Your Subject Matter

If you have a certain specific career in mind when it comes time to choose your degree subject, you’ll have a fair idea of what you need to do. For areas such as law or medicine you can take on Bachelors degrees within that specific field. If you are not sure about which area to go for, ask yourself a few questions in order to help making the final decision.

You should start by asking which subjects you enjoy studying at school, move on to those you are good at and ask yourself if there is anything you can see yourself clearly doing as a career after University. If you can answer those questions you can formulate a plan.

For many graduate jobs straight after University they will expect candidates to be educated to a degree level without a specific subject matter. If you are unsure about which career you wish to pursue you can study subjects that provide you with highly transferable skills. This flexibility could be key to your future career options.

Comparing Universities and Courses

Even if you choose a subject matter every single University will offer a variation on that course, but you’ll end up with the same qualification at the end of the course should you be successful.  Take the time to review the different Universities that interest you, and find out if you have what it takes to be accepted there.

Look at course structures, specific modules, the opportunities to travel abroad and study or work within industry that come with each specific course and University. We highly recommend that you look at course outlines in detail, visit the University website and go to open days wherever possible in order to see where you’ll study, live, to ask questions of University staff and students to see what life will be like for you there.

For those of you about to embark on a University application we wish you the best of luck. At The Education Centre Liverpool we offer private tuition to students in the Merseyside area. Contact us today if you would like help with studying and revision during your crucial final steps at school before University. Call us on 0151 727 1578 or email and we’ll be happy to book an appointment to speak with you further and partner you with the right private tutor for your needs.

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