Thinking about university

Getting into University

Making your FE choices

The first step to getting to university is choosing the right subjects at your school or college.

The decisions you make in Year 11 can have a significant impact on the options available to you at the end of Year 13. 

Every university and degree course will have specific entry requirements. Deciding on the correct mix of subjects, qualifications and learning assessments is crucial to ensuring that you are not only playing to your own academic strengths but also allowing you to pursue your future ambitions. It is important to think carefully and consider key questions, such as, how you like to learn, be assessed and where you see yourself in the future.

Things to consider when you are making your Further Education choices:

  • Do you prefer to learn in a practical or theoretical way?
  • Do you prefer to be assessed through coursework or exams?
  • Would you prefer an academic or vocational focus?
  • Do you have a specific degree course/career in mind?
  • Do you want to focus on one particular field/area?
  • Do you have a particular university in mind - if so, what are their entry requirements?
  • Would you like a course that has placement opportunities?
  • Are you unsure about your future plans? If so, choose subjects that you will enjoy the most!

Already know what you want to do?
If you have a specific career in mind you can start to research this occupation and then then track backwards, matching your choices to the various different stages which you will need to complete in order to successfully enter this profession. For example, if you would like a job in Engineering you will need a related degree. Entrance onto a programme at university will often require A Level Maths, and you would need to select this as one of your post-16 options.

Not sure what you want to do yet?
If you are still unsure about your future plans then don’t worry, this is incredibly common. You should select subjects that you most enjoy and this will help you secure higher grades for your assessments and in turn you will have more options open to you.

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