After choosing a course you move on to decide which universities to apply to. There are number of factors to consider when shortlisting and you will have to prioritize them according to your requirements. There are around 130 universities in the UK and every university will have something different to offer and although many courses titles are the same, you are encouraged to look deeper into the course content of these universities to decide which suits your needs.
Here are 5 factors:
- Location: When selecting universities, you will also have to research the city it’s located in since you will be living there for the next 3-4 years. For instance, you may take into account the living costs, weather and culture. Some students would prefer to be in busy cities like London or Manchester, while others might prefer quieter areas. There isn’t one right place so you will have to note down your priorities, do your research and find one that you prefer and suits your needs. You may even consider visiting the UK during your holidays to see yourself how the city is.
- Course Content: This should be high on your priorities since this is the main reason for your travel. Go beyond course name and read the course contents; how will you be taught and assessed; what are the core modules and what are optional modules? Is the course professionally accredited by the relevant body? Compare courses between your shortlisted universities and find which one offers the program you are most interested in.
- Rankings: Although you should not solely base your decision on ranking, it is always a good idea to know how the university is ranked within the UK and worldwide. Find out how your chosen subject is ranked. You might also want to take a look at the Russell Group universities.
- Entry requirements: The Entry requirements are found on the individual course’s page; you will need to ensure your predicted grades match the minimum entry requirements of your chosen course at individual universities. This will help you shortlist and make your decision on your 5 choices to apply via UCAS. Be realistic about what you are likely to achieve. Certain courses will include additional requirements, such as a submission of a portfolio, Skype interview and/or an entrance test. These will be included on the course content’s page.
- Scholarships: Many universities offer competitive scholarships/ discounts. You might have to affirm your choice on UCAS prior to submission; check the specific requirements and deadline with each university.
If you have specific questions you may always contact the International office at the University.
Remember, UCAS allows you to apply to 5 universities, so research carefully or call us to help shortlist your choices according to your requirements.
If you are still undecided, refer to our article on choosing a course.