For me, the practical element of my Biology degree was the best bit of it. There are loads of reasons I think degrees that teach you practical skills are really enjoyable and beneficial but here are the top three.
Learning through practical work teaches you a lot of skills. These skills will differ depending on which degree you do – for example if you do an Ecology degree you will gain surveying skills, but if you do Computer Science you will gain programming skills. These subject-specific skills are really valuable as they increase your employability in those areas and show to any employer that you have the capacity to learn different techniques.
The majority of practical work is carried out in groups, often with people you haven’t chosen to work with and might not even know. Whilst this initially might not sound like an ideal situation, it is a great way to make new friends. At the end of second year we had a residential field course in Scotland. I knew some of the people that went, but on that trip I also meet some new people who are now some of my best friends.
More than anything, choosing a course that uses different types of learning techniques breaks up what can sometimes feel like a relentless series of lectures and seminars. My own degree, Biology, used practical sessions, including labs, field work and computer workshops to compliment what we were learning in lectures and to allow us to experience first-hand what we were being taught in class.