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How to choose the right course for you

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The two biggest decisions you need to make when considering university are:

  • What course do you want to do?
  • What university do you want to study at?

It can feel like a daunting task when you’re faced with researching hundreds of courses and so many different universities. Here are some useful things to consider when you’re trying to narrow down your list to make those all-important five UCAS choices.

Career-focused degrees

So, you’re pretty sure you know what career you want to go into and now you need to choose a degree that will get you there.

There are certain courses that you have to do to work in certain professions, for example, Nursing, Midwifery or other health professions. Other careers such as Law, Engineering and Psychology also require a related degree to go on to work in the field.

Make sure you do your research, so you know the degree you study is going to set you on the right track once you graduate.

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A subject you love

Perhaps you’re not sure what career you want to go into just yet but don’t worry, many careers don’t require specific degrees. Employers like to see all the transferable skills you’ve gained at university.

So, with that in mind, you might want to start with what you enjoy studying. Maybe you enjoy A level Chemistry, or can’t get enough of your Sociology classes. If you’re passionate about a particular subject it could be a good place to start your research.

Consider where that subject could lead you once you graduate. Do some research, for example, and find out what you can do with a degree in a certain subject.

Consider whether you like the subject enough to be motivated to spend the next three or four years studying it. If not, you should consider combination degrees such as Business Studies and Law.

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Something you've never tried

University provides a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and broaden your horizons, by doing subjects that have never been available to you in the past. If you enjoy subjects like Politics and Sociology, you might love our Peace Studies and International Development courses.

Perhaps you really enjoy learning about new tech innovations, so Virtual and Augmented Reality would be right up your street. Or maybe you love problem solving and have an analytical mind, so a degree in Archaeology might be something you could consider.

What now?

Our Virtual Open Day Anytime is a great way to start finding out more about your options. You can watch subject talks from our experts, hear our students stories and find out more about the support available to you at Bradford.

It’s also good to get advice from teachers, careers advisers, friends and family; but remember this is your decision. If you want to find out more about our courses or just talk over your options, email us at