The end of school or college is stressful enough with A Level and BTEC exams, but it can seem even more daunting if you can’t decide on a university to attend the next year. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom and we have some top tips to help you if you’re feeling rather indecisive now.
A really great way to aid your decision making towards higher education is to conduct research – and lots of it! You could even get creative and create bullet points, print out pictures and write up advantages and disadvantages for each institution. All of these aspects will help you make a decision about university as you have presented yourself with all the facts available.
An important thing to bear in mind when researching is to find answers that are relevant to you and your own educational path, it can easy to become side-tracked and find yourself being influenced by those around you. Never let your friends or family’s decision take over your own, as you’re going to be the one that goes to university anyway!
Also, Open Days are a wonderful asset to the decision process and can offer extra material and experiences that you won’t get from the internet or the prospectus! Open days offer an opportunity for potential students to walk around, get a feel of the campus and talk to current students. Open days are chances for universities to showcase their best assets as well as offer great and insightful information to potential students. There will be information on finance, support, university timetable and facilities which are very important.
When learning more about your top choices, you should look into what it would be like to study there. Study the module assessments for each course – will you be taking exams, completing coursework or doing both? Look at how long it will take to commute to class, whether you are living at home or on campus. Consider how far away you will be from home and if you’ll feel homesick as well as be able to find a part-time job if you needed or wanted one. And lastly, what is the student nightlife like surrounding your university or in the nearby town or city, is there much to offer?
There are so many decisions to consider when pondering the big question: What university should I go to? And it’s okay to not have the answers now, however, once you begin looking into these different areas it will become clearer. There will be certain things that you don’t want, or prefer, and you can begin to cross certain institutions off of the list, or put your top choices into preference order.
Aim to have your top choice and a backup in case you don’t receive the grades you need to be accepted into your first choice, or if you change your mind. And if all else fails, there is still Clearing and Adjustment in August and September where you do have the opportunity to change your mind and/or apply again to somewhere completely different!
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