Choosing what and where to study

Choosing what and where to study

Choosing a university course is a very important decision to make. There are currently over 300 Higher Education Institutions (often referred to as HEIs) in the UK offering thousands of courses, so it's vital that you pick the right one for you. You may decide to continue studying a course that you have experience of in school or college, or you may opt to find something completely new; what is important is that you allow yourself plenty of time for what can be a life changing decision. 

Finding Courses

There are plenty of websites out there dedicated to helping you find out what courses are available.

  • offers a Course Search option that allows you to look for courses depending on the subject and/or place that you're interested in 
  • also allows you to search for courses as well as reading reviews from students currently studying them

Courses can differ hugely between universities, even if it's the same subject. For example, some may have more exams than others, so it's important that you research your chosen subject/s to find out how different courses are taught, what modules are available and also the entry requirements.

Student in Library


Just as important as deciding what to study, is choosing where - after all, you could be spending three or more years in a new town or city. Thinking about things like transport links, distance from home, the general cost of living and the type of social and sporting facilities will all help in your decision.


Top Tips

Choosing what and where to study can be quite daunting but the following tips should help in your decision:

  • Speak to family/friends and share your thoughts and options
  • Explore current students' experiences on websites such as The Student Room
  • Go to HE events and open days to make sure you get a 'feel' for both the university and the local area
  • Gather as much information as you can - research online, order prospectuses (they're free!) and allow time to visit universities and departments
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions! Contact universities if you're unsure about certain courses
  • Think about what you would like to do after university. It may seem like ages away but it will come around very quickly...