How to pick a university
With so many establishments to choose from, selecting the one which is most suitable can be difficult. The application process allows students to apply for five separate courses.
These can be offered at different establishments or at the same one, and certain subjects may impose further restrictions on how many choices can be made (medicine and dentistry courses only allow you to apply for a maximum of four courses).
Once these choices have been made and submitted, the universities will respond to the students via the UCAS service. Students will also have to provide additional information - such as their current qualifications, predicted grades and a personal statement. These will be used to decide whether the individual is considered suitable for the course they have selected.
Universities will then respond with offers or rejections to students. There are two types of offers available to students: conditional and unconditional. The first of these will provide students with a place on the course providing they attain certain grades. The latter will ensure that they have a secure place regardless of this outcome, an enviable option.
Once students have received all of their decisions over the courses they have selected, they will then be asked to choose their firm and insurance options. This is a rating based system and sees individuals select two of their successful applications whilst dismissing the others. The firm choice is that which is rated highest and will be the 'first choice' university. The insurance choice is a reserve or back-up option - designed to be used in the event that students fail to get the grades for their first choice.
When picking a university, it is important that students consider a number of different factors. The physical location of the university, as well as the type of atmosphere it offers, is highly important. Of course, the University Degree Courses which are available are equally as important and individuals will be able to narrow down their university options based on what courses are available.
For students to make the best decision regarding which university to attend, the best thing for them to do is visit it. This can be done through specialist events such as open or visit days. These will give students the chance to explore the surroundings and get a feel for the atmosphere of the university, whilst also being able to discuss subjects and courses with university lecturers and professionals.
Students should, therefore, attend an open day at all of the universities they are considering when making their application. Failing to do this could result in students making the wrong decision, thus negatively impairing their future careers.
For more information on university open days and what they offer, click here.