KEY AP­PLI­CA­TION DEAD­LINES:

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL -

DO YOU plan t o go to univer­sity in 2016? If you are at the start of the ap­pli­cat i o n p r o c e s s , you will be faced with thou­sands of cour­ses and more than 300 univer­si­ties and col­leges — and you have to turn these into five choices. Which? Univer­sity found 49 per cent of prospec­tive univer­sity stu­dents feel over­whelmed at this stage. It has come up with this ad­vice:

WHICH COURSE?

There are three pos­si­ble routes — a cur­rent sub­ject you en­joy; a course di­rectly re­lated to your cho­sen ca­reer path or a new area of study. When short­list­ing cour­ses, ask your­self:

IF IT’S A SUB­JECT RE­LATED TO AN IN­TER­EST

Will you still be in­ter­ested in this sub­ject for another three to four years? Would you pre­fer to spe­cialise within that area or take a broader ap­proach?

IF IT’S RE­LATED TO A CA­REER

How is the sub­ject you’re con­sid­er­ing viewed by the in­dus­try and do you need a par­tic­u­lar qual­i­fi­ca­tion for your cho­sen ca­reer? Re­search pro­fes­sion­ally ac­cred­ited cour­ses and how flex­i­ble the en­try routes into that field may be.

IF IT’S A NEW AREA OF STUDY

What is your prin­ci­pal rea­son for tak­ing the sub­ject? Is it be­cause of a ca­reer

Oc­to­ber 15, 2015 – any course at the univer­si­ties of Ox­ford and Cam­bridge, or for most cour­ses in medicine, vet­eri­nary medicine/ science and den­tistry

Jan­uary 15, 2016 – most other cour­ses

March 24, 2016 – some art and de­sign cour­ses path or be­cause you are fas­ci­nated by that sub­ject? It is good to ques­tion your choices and make sure they are the right ones for you.

If, af­ter all these ques­tions, you are still un­sure, con­sider a joint hon­ours de­gree com­bin­ing a fa­mil­iar sub­ject with some­thing new.

WHICH UNIVER­SITY?

Closely ex­am­ine spe­cific course de­tails — con­tent and mod­ules, en­try re­quire­ments and aca­demic struc­ture and rep­u­ta­tion — and take into ac­count the ge­o­graph­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors that are im­por­tant to you. Open days can give you a feel for what dif­fer­ent univer­si­ties have to of­fer and if they would be a good fit.

COURSE CON­TENT

While cour­ses might have sim­i­lar ti­tles, what they con­tain will dif­fer from univer­sity to univer­sity. Study the de­tails of the course con­tent and mod­ules and do as much wider read­ing as pos­si­ble. Also con­sider whether you want to be able to do work place­ments, sand­wich cour­ses or field trips. And look at the split be­tween course­work, ex­ams, lec­tures and in­de­pen­dent study — it’s im­por­tant to find the course with the right blend for your study pref­er­ences.

GRADE RE­QUIRE­MENTS:

For the Ucas ap­pli­ca­tion, you need to iden­tify five cour­ses on which you have a re­al­is­tic chance of ob­tain­ing a place. Based on the univer­si­ties that make you an of­fer, you’ll then have to set­tle on your firm (first) choice and your in­sur­ance (sec­ond) choice. Se­lect cour­ses with a sen­si­ble spread, in­clud­ing a safe bet along­side a more am­bi­tious op­tion. Your in­sur­ance choice should have a lower en­try re­quire­ment than your first choice.

LO­CA­TION

Another way of nar­row­ing your op­tions is by de­cid­ing where you want to live. Visit a few univer­si­ties. Bear in mind the cost of liv­ing in each area — your stu­dent bud­get will need to ac­com­mo­date your choices.

REP­U­TA­TION

League ta­bles, friends, fam­ily, teach­ers and ad­vis­ers can guide you but be­ware of over-sim­pli­fied no­tions of what is viewed as a “good” univer­sity.

Course con­tent, as­sess­ment meth­ods, grade re­quire­ments and lo­ca­tion should al­ways be your top pri­or­i­ties. Stu­dent sat­is­fac­tion scores and feed­back from cur­rent stu­dents will help.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to use the free Which? Univer­sity course search tool, which al­lows you to find, short­list and com­pare cour­ses, take a look at www.univer­sity.which.co.uk

Se­lect univer­si­ties where you feel com­fort­able with the teach­ing meth­ods

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