Choosing a course/subject.
As an adult considering higher education level study, you will discover there are lots of of different courses on offer at local colleges and universities. From child care to website design, from business management to engineering - there’s something for everyone!
Whatever you choose always check that the course will give you what you want and what employers are looking for.
Most adults deciding to do a higher level course are looking to use it as a route to employment so research what other students did after the course. You can do this by looking at a provider's websites or follow some of the links below to find out more.
Whatever course you do you will be developing useful employment skills so it isn't always necessary to do a specific vocational course, although many adults do choose HE as a way to further their existing career. If you are changing career through study it is worth finding out whether a course offers placements as research shows students who have completed placements do tend to get better graduate jobs.
Links to help you choose the right course for you:
- Look at Sector Skills Councils' websites to find out what qualifications are wanted in your chosen sector and to find out latest job trends where you live.
- Look at the Unistats websites. This is a very useful site providing information on each course, including student satisfaction, employment after the course, taught time, assessment by course work, costs of university of private accommodation etc.
- If you need help choosing the right course for you then get free careers advice from the National Careers Service.
- If you are not sure what subject or course might suit you UK Course Finder has an online questionnaire you can complete which will show you subject choices based on your answers.
- Look at the Guardian's list of degree courses which shows what you will learn from different degree subjects and what jobs you might get after the course.
- Look at the Prospects site to see what jobs you could do with different degree subjects.
- Look at the Which? University site and search for courses, unis and more.
Search for a course online
You can find out which universities and colleges offer the course you want online:
- for full-time courses and all Foundation Degree courses, search on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website
- for part-time courses (other than Foundation Degrees) contact the institution directly.
- For Open University (OU) courses, contact the OU directly. Full-time OU courses are not offered through UCAS.
- Search for courses near you, including short and part time courses through the hotcourses site.