Applying to university doesn’t have to be stressful. Sometimes when you’re going from class to class, it is hard to maintain focus and internalise all the information coming your way at high speed. Especially now at such a seemingly life changing phase of your education: your UCAS course choices.
We are here to help.
We have compiled a list of top tips on how to get the most out of a university presentation at your school. By reading these in advance of your next school talk, you will find it easy to get the information you need to make the right decision about your future!
Think about your subjects
Think about what you want to study. Do you have a subject area in mind or a specific course? Does the course require specific A Levels?
Think about your career
Think about what career you want to pursue. Do you know what degree to study in order to achieve that career? Are there jobs in this area available in Northern Ireland? If not, are you willing to move away for work?
Find your Top 3 Things
Think about what 3 things would make you choose a university. They should be:
Course and university reputation. While the university’s ranking and reputation is important, it isn’t everything. Think about the course’s reputation in that subject area. Is the teaching of high standards? You can find this out on the online prospectus and the UCAS site by viewing the KIS widget.
Location. Which campus is your course taught on? Have you been there before? Would you travel from home to university or live on/near campus?
Finance. How much will your tuition fees cost? Do you need funded by Student Finance NI? Do you understand how Student Finance NI works? Do you know how to apply? Will you need a part-time job to help fund yourself? If you intend to live away from home have you thought about the financial implications?
Listen to all of the options the presenter provides you. It is important to remain open minded. You may have a career or course in mind but nothing is set in stone as of yet.
Ask questions and make use of a person from the university being there. The presenter will be happy to answer any questions and share their information. If you don’t want to ask questions in front of all your classmates, ask the presenter afterwards.
Make use of online resources. Universities’ social media pages (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat) and official website contain a wealth of knowledge about what it is like to go to the university, information and events happening around the campus and course information.
Remember the key dates
Remember the information about open days and key dates. Different subject areas have different deadlines. Also remember when information events are taking place for subject areas you are interested in as these can be extremely useful.
Get up to speed with university terminology. You need to be able to understand the difference between different types if degrees e.g. BSc BEng BA BDes etc. You also need to understand the difference between additional certificates you may receive alongside your degree e.g. DPP and DIAS.
Think about placement
Educate yourself on what a placement is. Does the course you’re interested in offer a placement? Do you understand what this entails? Does your subject area offer jobs in NI? Are you willing to move away for work? What are the benefits of placement?