January 9, 2020

Selecting a University? – Things to consider…

It’s January, a new decade and time to consider your University application. We have already, earlier this month, looked at Choosing the right University and the following now sets out our top 10 questions you should ask yourself at the key time in your options.

  1. Do I really need to go to University or is there a different pathway or route I could follow to get to the same place? Remember a degree doesn’t always get you a professional qualification. For example Law or Accounting. You will have another 2 or 3 years further studying to complete your professional qualification. Alternative routes, such as apprenticeships, can reduce the journey significantly, whilst you earn from the outset without accumulating student debt.
  2. How do I make sure that I am going to the University which will give me the best experience? There are likely to be more University placements available than the number of students applying in 2020 which means you can have a choice.
  3. I have been given an unconditional offer, how does that really benefit me when my grades aren’t expected to be as good as I hoped? Is the University just trying to fill the course I’m interested in?
  4. How much debt will I have and how will I pay it back if I decide University isn’t for me and want to leave after the first term?
  5. What is the benefit to undertaking a 4 year programme over a 3 year programme which will increase my debt by a further 25%?
  6. What guarantees are the University offering if there is a placement during my degree and are those guarantees real?
  7. What is the quality of the University careers service? Will they support me to gain relevant employment at the end of my degree and are their claims supported with strong evidence of how they have supported others?
  8. The campus is great and the city is amazing, but are the degree and job prospects really as good?
  9. My School or College have said that ‘University is the only option for a successful career’ Is this really true? Is there somewhere I can check if I am making the right decision before I commit to 3 or 4 years?
  10. I have been told that apprenticeships are for those pupils who can’t go to University. Is there an alternative apprenticeship that means I can achieve the same career goals?

Choosing the right University is one of the most important decisions of your life. There are many people that will have an interest in steering you towards a certain institution or route. With an increasingly competitive market and many Universities chasing a decreasing number of students, it’s not surprising that:

  • Drop outs are on the increase for undergraduates
  • Unconditional offers have risen dramatically over recent years
  • Levels of student debt are rising.

Make the right choice and not a costly mistake! Talk to us today to get impartial advice.

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