For some people, deciding which university courses to apply to is simple and straight-forward. For others, the decision can be a little more difficult – and with thousands of options out there, it can even be tough to settle on a particular subject.
We suggest keeping five things in mind when searching for your dream degree:
Perhaps you're good with numbers or enjoy sketching in your spare time? Maybe you get great grades for science or have always wanted to give robotics a try? Think about the subjects you could enjoy studying for at least three years, as well as the ones you know you could perform well in.
If you already have an idea about the field you'd like to enter, a little bit of research can go a long way to helping narrow down your degree options. Find out more about the qualifications that employers in your sector typically look for, as well as any specific skills that can help your CV shine after graduation.
Some degrees are even offered with years in industry or placement opportunities built into the curriculum, offering you a great chance to develop relevant experience and network with big names while you're still a student.
Take a look at the facilities used by specific departments – will they help you learn the skills you need to get ahead in your field?
You should also weigh up the pros and cons of campuses versus city-based learning experiences. Studying a subject based on a campus often means that everything you need will be in one place, from lecture theatres and workshops to labs and libraries. Other universities have teaching and learning dotted around a city, which throws you right into the heart of the action.
At Middlesex, we have the advantage of being based in one of the most exciting and diverse capital cities while offering an authentic campus experience at our home in Hendon.
Each course is made up of modules which will teach you a range of different topics and skills. When you're deciding which courses to apply to, read through module descriptions and ask yourself whether they suit your interests. Some modules are compulsory, which means they must be studied, but option modules can help you to specialise in the areas you're especially passionate about.
Course structure varies hugely from university to university, so it's important to research and compare.
There are lots of people who can help you to make the right choice when it comes to choosing your course. Open Days are a great chance to meet university representatives who can provide more information on things like facilities and course content. They can also answer questions regarding finance, accommodation, admissions and general student services.
Other helpful advice-givers might include your teachers and tutors at Sixth Form or College, contacts in the industry you'd like to progress into, and even your friends and family. But keep in mind that this is your decision to make, and so you should be confident in whatever you choose.