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Research Your Dream

Attending university is a huge commitment, not only mentally but also financially.

So how do you make sure you choose the right university and how do you get started? A good first step is to compare and contrast the quality reports at the following links:

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council
Welsh Funding Councils
Quality Assurance Agency
HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England)

Once you have researched possible universities, try to draw up a list of five high possibilities, then think about each university and answer the following questions:

  • Is the course right for me?
  • What is the typical learning environment and will this suit me?
  • What is the course success and failure rate?
  • Do I get one-to-one contact with a tutor?
  • Does the course provide extra support if I need it?
  • What is the availability of computers and technology?
  • Does the course have any work-related opportunities?
  • How successful are former graduates?
  • What are the current research programmes?
  • What is the cost of living?
  • How expensive is the accommodation?
  • How does the university sit in the league tables?
  • What is the crime rate?

By answering these questions, you are one-step closer to choosing the right university for you. Open days are also a great way to find out what university life would be like.

What if I am a foreign student?
The support for international students differs between universities. Most importantly try to talk to the admissions department about accommodation and your fees.

Next: Hot Admission Tips.