Are all university degree courses the same?

There are literally hundreds of thousands of higher education courses that students can enrol and study throughout the UK. With that much variety and choice out there it can be hard to narrow down what you want to study and where you study it. However, it’s also tempting to tarr all similar courses with the same brush and be done with it, just to make your journey of choosing a course simpler. If you want to know the answer to the question; Are all university degree courses the same? Then read on to find out the differences.

Where you are looking for courses

Firstly, one of the best places to look for degree courses is a university’s prospectus’, but before you do this you need to have a subject area(s) in mind. Most students understand where their passions lie and can start their research journey from there, however, other students can find it difficult if they share a passion for a few subjects, such as, Psychology and Media. Students should start with the subject area and then look at all of the different courses that are on offer from there.

Subject areas

Subject areas offer so many  degree courses that are diverse in content and opportunity that it requires a lot of research to ensure students pick the right degree course. For example, the subject area Media can provide degree courses in graphic design, website creation, film making, scriptwriting, journalism, culture and general media plus many more hybrid or joint degrees, such as, Japanese film and media or creative writing and journalism. The possibilities are endless.

But they have the same course name?

If you find a degree course titled Film and Media in a London university and another with the same name in Northamptonshire, it doesn’t mean they’re going to have the same content. Degree courses are made up of modules (which are similar to classes) that make up your credits and they add up to a degree. Most degree courses are full of 360 edits – usually 4 modules taken each year, and each module worth 30 credits meaning a student has the potential to gain 120 credits each year. These modules are important because they are the classes you’ll be taking.

Are modules important in my degree course?

Modules hold great importance, especially if they are core or optional. Modules offer the opportunity for students to study what they’re interested in and to gain specific knowledge in a certain area. Core modules are certain classes that every student on that degree course has to take -there can be at least 4 of these – and they are also divided up into the three different levels (one module at level 4, one module at level 5, and 2 modules at level 6 as an example). These levels are usually taken correspondingly with what year you are at university, level 4 being the introductory courses, level 5 and 6 come thereafter and are much harder. The levels show progression within the degree course which is vital to obtaining your qualification. Alongside core modules, most universities allow students to choose their other classes which is really the chance for students to study a niche area.

Should I look at the modules when searching for a degree course?

Students should look at the modules available on a degree course when applying to university. These are the classes that you’re going to take, and eventually what you’ll study and the areas that you’ll gain specific and acquired knowledge which you can boast about on your CV and future employers.

So, are all university degree courses the same?

No! They’re not all the same. Even degree courses with similar names at the same university will feature different modules, and therefore students will be taking varying classes making the opportunities and similarities disappear. When conducing your research, students should look closely at the modules possible to take as part of that degree, and use this to make their decision. Even if the course has the same name but is taught 100 miles away it could be a totally different degree you’re studying.