When you first start thinking about University it can seem like a daunting task. With so many options open to you, how do you start whittling it down to the elements that are right for you?
Everyone at the University of Chester has been where you are now, so we’ve written this blog to help you find the degree and institution that is right for you. Let this be the start of your university story.
The most important opinion is yours: you're the one who will be attending university, living in the halls, getting up to go to lectures and taking part in everything that the University has on offer. While there are plenty of places to go for information and people to talk to about your options, it has to be your decision in the end.
Use all the information available to you
With your university applications due to open in September, now is the time to increase the amount of research you are doing. Start by narrowing down what course you want to do; you’ll be working 40 hours+ a week on it for a minimum of 2-3 years, so you have to love the subject you do! UCAS is a great place to start: they have information on what to study and how to choose your degree.
Once you know the subject you wish to study, you are well on your way; you will then just need to find out which university offers the course you wish to do. UCAS have a handy course search tool which will show you everything you need to know.
Ask yourself where
With over 300 universities to pick from in the UK, you should make a wish list by answering the following questions:
- Do you want to live at home, or further away?
- What kind of city do you want to move to?
- Would you feel more comfortable on a campus university, with everything in one place, or one with facilities spread across a city at different sites?
- Do you have particular hobbies or interests that require specialist facilities?
- Does the place you’re considering have the kind of social life and extracurricular activities, like study abroad, that you’re looking for?
When you have the answers to these questions, you’ll find that your list of possible universities is suddenly much smaller.
Take a look at our Why Chester? blog to find out more about what we do here at the University of Chester.
HE Fairs and UCAS events are a great way of getting more information
Over the next few months, you should get the opportunity to attend a HE Fair and talk directly to the university you are interested in. These events give you the chance to find out more about the university itself, information about the course and what the social life is like. If you do go to an event, please come and find us and chat to one of the University of Chester representatives on hand. We will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Talk about it
Take advantage of any information source you can when researching your universities. If your parents or guardians have been to university, talk to them. If an older sibling, family member or friend has graduated or currently attends university, talk to them. Chat to your form tutor, school career adviser - anyone who can give you more information is worth talking to.
Don’t forget to also use online forums, such as The Student Room, or information sites such as Which? University, to find out as much information as possible. The more information you know, the more likely it is you will find the perfect place for you.
Visit the universities you're interested in
At this point you should have whittled it down to a handful of institutions you’re considering. The best way to know if any of them are right for you is to visit in person. If you can attend an Open Day or take a Campus Tour and see it for yourself, there is a good chance that you’ll know when you’ve find the university and course for you.
Want to Know More?
If you want to start finding out more about the University of Chester and what we can offer you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on 01244 511000.
To get a real feel for studying and living at Chester, why not come and visit us on an Open Day or Campus Tour?