Calculating The Years: Course Lengths


Courses differ mostly in length, since not all are the same in scope and structure. Sub-degree courses last about two years and full-time courses last from about four to six years. How long is your chosen course

Most full-time courses last three years, but some add another year to add a ‘sandwich’ or a placement year. This additional year is most likely spent abroad working or they get to study there for a whole year. Majority of language courses last about four years and both science and engineering courses sometimes lead to a Master’s degree after four years.

Did you know that it is also possible to add a foundation year before you start your course? Yes, you read that right! Though it will add an additional year in your preparation, it is mostly for applicants who took the wrong subjects in their exams and expect the same standard for entry as the courses they lead on to. But hang on, these foundation courses are not the same with each other. Some are designed for those who performed a little bit less the required entry qualifications for a course, and is designed to bring them up to speed. These foundation courses also differs in entry requirements, themselves. Mostly, they are have lower entry requirements.

Not all courses will be able to guarantee that you will be a professional after taking the expected years of that course. For example, studying medicine for five years will make you a doctor by profession, and studying six years of architecture will make you an architect. However, three years of law doesn’t mean that you’re a lawyer already. You must first take some kind of expertise, or exams. They are different regarding the requirement of the course itself. You get the point.
Lastly, the start of courses may not be exactly the same as others. While most courses start during September or October, there are a few courses that start during January. Majority of these courses are nursing. But, some universities also offer a spring start in other subjects. This is done partly just to fill quotas. Also, some universities offer two-year courses that are fast tracked in subjects such as law, accounting, and business. That’s all!

What’s The Difference? Type of Course and Course Content


Now that you already know what you want to study, it all comes down to how you want to study it. There are different types of courses, and some courses vary in its content. Like finding other things, you have to know what’s best for you.

The most common and most known difference between courses are the levels that you can study it. While most courses lead to a degree, others lead to sub-degree forms like the Higher National Diploma, etc. In sub-degree courses, they are usually much shorter and are oriented regarding the vocation itself and most likely has low entry requirements.

Some shorter courses are connected to degree courses, so that you can have the option of further studying the subject, and finally earn a degree if you perform in an above average manner in the initial parts of the course itself.

The other type of differences regarding courses lie on the aspects of the course itself. First, you study a certain type of course, the most general one. During the later years, due to the large variety of academic development in the course, you can pick a specialty–or a major. Sometimes, like medicine, you have to know what subject to take up first, before you can finally pick a specialized course which is dentistry, ophthalmology, etc. If granted that you don’t want to take up your current decision, you could always turn back to the other related courses in your department–just in case you want to change your decision.

Even for courses with almost the same content, there might be some important differences. These are some opportunities you might want to check out:

It would be good to spend a year or a quarter of a year or so under the European Union while under the Erasmus programme. (Click here for Erasmus programme info)

You can extend your course to four to five years can get you a Master’s degree. This set up is usually common in engineering and most science courses. Actually, you can do this on most courses now. You can also study abroad or get work placements allowing you to have a Master’s qualification and have relevant experience. These types of Master’s degree are called Integrated Master’s.

Also, you can go study or work abroad by means of an exchange program, but not pertaining to language study. This way, you can still acquire experience and additional relevance and context.
There you have it! This article is not much, but we hope that it somehow gave you an idea! Check if your course leads to a degree, or if not, make sure it does eventually!

Knowing What To Aim For: Talking About Entry Requirements

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You may already know that applying to a university and to a course is based on requirements, and that’s what we are going to talk about now. Before being able to set foot on the glorious fields of a university, you must first be eligible to apply. And what are you going to look out for? Entry requirements!

Universities have a General Entrance requirement, a set of qualifications that every student must have before being able to apply. Naturally, most students are already okay during this point, since these are just basic qualifications, but it never hurts to know what they are exactly. Universities may sometimes require a specific test, such as having the English language requirement, and so on. Some universities are generous enough to give low expectancy requirements to students, so you can rest knowing that you’ll be able to apply.

It’s not just the university, but also each course that you are eyeing for have a certain amount of requirements that they implement. Think of it as a filter, so they know which students have the certain abilities that are needed to study that particular subject. For example, most courses that are in line with mathematics need, well, a previous study of mathematics. Most of these information are on the UCAS website, which is here and most of the time, they provide these in every prospectus that a university has. Higher grades might get you into high quota courses, and lower grades lead you to lesser quota courses–sometimes in a different university.

It would be wise to check the UCAS website whenever you have the chance, because they provide course requirements and are the most up-to-date site regarding course applications. That would be the easiest way to see if you actually have the ability to pass the required grade of that subject. Also, frequently ask your current teachers/advisers about your grades and if they will be sufficient for the course that you are planning to take. Finally, narrow your choices down to five and up before filling up the UCAS form.

Try and predict your grades, too. Pick three courses, courses that are leveled as your predicted grade. Then, pick two lesser courses that you are somehow interested in, has lower grade requirements, and also in the university that you are applying for. And finally, pick one aspirational choice. Your aspirational choice is a course that is one or two grades higher than your predicted grade, but is worth the risk.

UCAS has a special condition called Extra. It allows you to choose another course if you are not accepted in all five courses, or if you have decided that you wanted a different course.
There you have it! We hope this helped you in some way! Requirements are a bit of a hassle, but they are one sure way to get you inside your dream course and university! So don’t take it lightly, fellas!

Top Five Factors From Applicants: Choosing a Course


By this point in time, you would’ve picked the courses that you might probably choose to study. The itty-bitty problem now is trimming that list down even more. Now, how would you do that? We gathered some info from a source and they asked applicants from all over on what factors they considered while choosing their top course choices. Here are the five factors that applicants have used to come up with their chosen course:

  1. Course Content
  • Frankly, course content is the top factor that’s considered by most applicants. At least 73 percent of them said that this was their main concern. They said that the course content must be reviewed at all costs, so that you know if what you’re planning to take up is exactly what you hoped for. If the course content of that subject interests you, then there’s a high amount of chance that you’ll be studying that, for sure.
  1. Overall Academic Reputation
  • It’s fair to say that a lot of the applicants made this matter number two. You wouldn’t want to study in a low-class university, would you? Most of them said that it helps to actually pick a course in a university that is well-known and has built their prestige over a few decades or so. Also, this is an advantage because after graduating, employers give a little more effort on accepting students from these well-known universities. But remember, the university isn’t enough. You must love the subject more than the school.
  1. Employment Rates after Graduation
  • Some applicants already know what they want to aim for after they graduate, so it’s no surprise that almost 66 percent of applicants considered that pursuing a specific vocation because of its employment rate as one of the top factors. For those people who are practical, this is one of the best factors to consider. Graduate employment rates are percentages that tells us how graduates are doing six months after graduating, so it’s a pretty neat factor to bear in mind.
  1. Quality of Academic Facilities
  • 58 percent of applicants said that they must be made available to quality facilities, and that’s why they made it one of the top considerations in choosing their course. Make sure that you check whether your course of choice is provided the quality equipment that you’re aiming for, besides, what’s to learn if you can’t do it practically?
  1. Links between University and Employers
  • The last remaining factor that applicants ever truly gave a care about, is if there’s a connection between their future employers and their university. Again, practicality at its finest. You would want to have an easier way in once you go out of university. And that’s making sure if your university can help you find a job just as easily. Also, universities that are linked to some employers tend to make vocational job students more work-ready. They are training them to be able to stand on their feet, because they’ll be aligning to work already to that particular employer. Oh, and almost 50 percent of the applicants said that this was important.

So, there you have it! Remember, these are from a wide variety of applicants, but you can still find your own considerations. We just hope that we’re able to give you a little insight, and hopefully be able to narrow your list down to two or three priority courses!

Picking The Right One: Choosing a Course


The thing that’s just as important as picking a university to go to? Picking a course, of course (pun intended, if that was a pun)! Going to university doesn’t mean you can study anything. You have to make sure that what you’re studying is worth the money and the effort that you’re putting into. So, how do you exactly go about picking the right course for you?

There has always been a trend that’s going on, which for this year is actually going to Information Technology courses, and any related studies. Most in-demand courses would mean more competition during application period, and even more competition after graduating and finding a job. So, be sure to check if going to any in-demand courses are worth it, because you might end up competing too much for something that you actually deserve.

It all goes to whether you want to go to a course that has a clear career path, or to a course that can branch out to many opportunities, or a course that has a more traditional approach. There are literally thousands of courses, and each course will not be taught the same way, in every university offering each of those courses.

For some, choosing a course is like eating cake. They know exactly where to eat it, how to eat it. They’ve always known what they wanted to be. Some wanted to be an engineer, or an educator, or a surgeon, perhaps. They always had this fascination of what they wanted to be for sure. For others, like you since you won’t be reading this if you’re sure of your course, there’s a wide variety of courses that it literally breaks you to pieces to even pick. To actually be able to pick, you have to narrow down your choices. What are the courses that you are interested in, and what are the choices you can try to be interested in? That would definitely shorten your list of prospect courses.

There are courses that you still don’t know, so you might want to do a little researching. Searching in Google is a good start, if you want to know if your hobby of some kind has a connected course for it. Don’t worry, most hobbies or passions do. If they don’t well then you have to settle for the course that’s the most logical choice for you to take.

You must be sure that you understand the course that you are planning on choosing. If it is new to you, we would advise you to research a bit, just like the earlier case. It would be a bit dangerous to go out there in the dark without knowing what you’re going up against.

To be able to successfully come out on the other end, you have to make sure that the course you’re going to take is one that you’re interested in. You’re going to spend a lot of time studying that subject, so be sure that you can take it in for years without getting tired of it or losing your passion for it. Besides, you’ll probably excel in your classes if you are particularly interested in your chosen subject. Also, it helps if you pick a course that you are already good at. You may like the subject by any means, but if you can’t bring yourself to perform your A-game, it won’t work out. In the end, you’ll be frustrated more than anything.

Seeing where you are good at now in your current studies is a good start. What subject is your strongest suit? What is your lowest? Considering these things can be a huge variable in finding out what course you will be taking up while on university. But then again, choosing a course is related to choosing a university. Just be sure that your chosen university has your chosen course in its corridors. If not, consider taking up another related course, or better yet another university that offers your chosen course.

So, there it is! We hope this short article gave you a glimpse of what you should be looking for as a course! Remember, you’ll be stuck with this course for years, so choose wisely!

Judging a University By Its Cover: Reasons To Attend a University Open Day


University Open Days are a good way for an applying student to feel the ambiance of the university itself. But don’t get too excited, Open Days are made so that a university can show off its best parts. It is organized with that in mind, so remember that they are doing this to keep you interested, whatever happens. We will give you a list of reasons why going to Open Days are absolutely essential, minus the marketing and cosmetics that universities put during those days, of course!


– To make a good decision, there must always be human intuition. Feeling that something is the right decision to make is one of the top factors in picking choices. Nothing beats human intuition. And in this case, feeling the atmosphere of the school itself firsthand is one way of knowing if you like it there. Try feeling the vibe of the place, and if you think it suits you, then put that university in your UCAS application! Or maybe not yet, since we’ll mention a few more considerations to do. Also, be sure to reassess yourself if the atmosphere feels genuine enough before you give your overall rating (if there was a rating of some kind)!

Subject Talks:

– Also considered as one of the major factors in going to an Open Day is attending subject talks. You have the chance to visit the department of the course you might study in that particular university. If you want to know the differences about courses and what they actually are, this is the right time for you to weigh them. Don’t worry, you can visit multiple departments, if you are curious of what other courses or subjects offer during the semester itself, and where it would lead you in the future.

Course Facilities:

– Some students fancy a course because they get to be jolly inside a fully-equipped laboratory and so much more. During Open Days, you can assess every facility that is available to you, and how much that particular university cares that your course gets the best equipment available in the market.

Meeting Current Students:

– Universities like to enlist current students that they have during Open Days, so they will most likely run tours, demonstrate whatever work they’re doing, and be able to entertain any answers from passers-by. This is one of the best opportunities to learn more about the university, because most students don’t have an agenda. They will answer your questions thoroughly and honestly, so that you’ll have an idea of what they experienced already. You may talk about anything–from how the professors teach, to how good the nightlife is. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Touring the Halls of Residence:

– Most of you would be moving away from home during your university stay for three to four years, and it would be extremely wise if you’d visit that university’s Hall of Residence, so you’ll get a glimpse of where you might be staying, if you are to move away from your parents. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to live in a good apartment, right? Touring with student accommodation in mind might give you a hint of how the university is keeping the students supported in terms of their standard in living.

Visiting the Locale:

– Of course, it’s normal that you wouldn’t just study once you’re in university. That would be borderline boring. There’s also plenty of time for hanging out and meeting new friends! It would be advisable to walk through the surrounding areas and see the nearest amenities from your university. Just remember, don’t drink and party too much!
So, there you have it, ladies and gents! We hope these reasons are enough to make you book yourself into one of your prospect university’s Open Day! Just like we’ve mentioned, it is a great way to assess universities firsthand, without having to be out in the blind of everything! We hope this proved useful to you, in some way!