Choosing the Right Course

Choosing the right course at the right institution is a big decision for students.

At the University of Liverpool alone we offer over 1000 courses, so we understand that narrowing options down to one can be tricky! If a student has specific career aspirations, or a narrow subject of interest, course selection will be easier.

However, if a student is interested in a popular subject they will need to do more work to narrow their choices. Here are some of the tip tips we give to students to help them make the right choice:


Enjoyment: Choose a subject that you will enjoy. If you enjoy it you will achieve better grades and are more likely to successfully complete your degree.

Career aspirations: Find out if there an essential or recommended degree for you to take. Professionally accredited courses and industry placements will get you on your way to attaining your dream job.

Admissions requirements: Thoroughly check that you will meet all the requirements (academic, work experience, additional tests etc). Universities may have very different requirements for similar sounding courses.

Research: Thoroughly investigate modules, assessment and teaching styles, and visit universities to assess them first-hand. A BA in History at one university may be very different to that at other institution.

Reliable Source: When you look for information or ask for advice make sure the source is reliable and up to date. Admissions requirements and course contents do change so double check directly with universities.


Assume: Don’t just hope that you will make the right choice. Do plenty of research so that you know you have chosen the perfect course for you.

Passive: Asking others for advice is important but don’t let them make your decision for you. Remember, you will be the one studying, writing assignments and sitting exams!

Last Minute: A rushed application will not be a good application. Allow yourself plenty of time to research courses and write your personal statement.

Timing: Don’t be afraid to take a gap year if you are not certain whether university is right for you. You can defer your entry year on your UCAS form or apply at a later date. Make your gap year count though so that you have interesting things to put in your personal statement or CV.

Shy: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Contact universities directly to make sure you are making an informed choice.

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