If you’ve already started thinking about college, you’ve probably heard from many people that it will be the best years of your life. We think they are right.
At university, you are independent, meet lots of new people, and generally have a great time. Oh, and you can also learn a few things while you’re there.
But we also know that the run-up to college can seem pretty daunting at times. In this guide, we will show you how to choose the right degree. We want you to arrive at the university for freshman week and know that this is the right place for you.
Here’s how to choose a degree that’s perfect for you:
Research your online degree options
Some people know immediately which course they want to study. However, for most of us, choosing a degree will be a bit more complicated.
Maybe you’re interested in more than one career after college, or a few different degrees have caught your eye. Either way, researching your options online is a great place to start.
Take a look at the UCAS subject guides. They have useful information on general entry requirements and the desirable A Levels or Scottish Highers for each grade.
Consider taking a degree other than your A level
It is worth considering if you would like to take any of the subjects you are studying at A level (or equivalent) as a degree. This will help you know if you will enjoy a subject at university if you are already studying at a very high level.
Also, your online search will give you a good idea of what other degrees are available to you based on your A-level or higher subjects.
But remember: you don’t necessarily need to have studied at A level to graduate there. Think about your specific skills and knowledge. What are you getting out of each of your current subjects that could help you in a degree?
If you want to study a new subject, check if you can still apply with the A Levels you took.
And, if you’re not sure if you’d be accepted to a degree with your A Levels, talk to teachers and contact universities to find out.
Ask advice from teachers, friends, and family.
First, talk to the teachers about your options. They will know what qualifications are available to you based on your A-Level or Above subjects and predicted grades. And, by meeting you, they should be able to identify a degree to which you would do well.
It’s also a good idea to get advice from friends and family. Once again, they will get to know you well and may even draw attention to some of your skills that you haven’t thought to explore to some extent.
Also, if you know of any professionals who work in your target industry, maybe family, friends, or people you’ve met on social media, you can reach out to them and ask for some advice.
If you can, find out what they studied and how they got to where they are now. This will give you a good idea of which path would be best for you.
Narrow down the degree options until you find the right one
Once you know your options, take a look at the course syllabuses. Find out what topics you would study in each grade and how you would be assessed (ie, are the courses essay-based or hands-on?).
And, once you’ve narrowed down the possible degrees to one or two options, attend as many university opening days and exam days as you can. Viewing sample lectures and speaking with university staff will help you know if a degree is right for you.
Also, if you’re choosing a degree with a specific career in mind, start gaining work experience in that industry. During internships, ask your managers for advice on what and where you can study.