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Top 5 Ways to Pick your Course

Thought choosing your A levels was a difficult decision? Then if you’re planning on coming to university in the near future, you’ll have to go through the whole process again!

Picking which course you’re going to study may seem like a daunting thing to do, and isn’t something to rush into. Although nothing will be set in stone, the degree you choose can open up many opportunities including a path to your dream job.

But don’t worry, if your degree choice isn’t something you’ve had planned for the past 10 years, here are five ways to help pick your course:

1- Find your passion


A great place to start. Which A levels are you enjoying? If biology is your thang, then who’s to say that it can’t be for the next 3 years as well?

And it’s worth exploring courses which may not be clear cut subjects too. With Biology there are tonnes of related courses to explore too such as Biochemistry, Zoology and Physiological Sciences (to name just a few!).

When looking through courses on the Newcastle University website, keep an eye on the “Related Courses” box which could open up a whole new world of opportunities for you.

2 – Check out the entry requirements

July Open Day 2016

To put it bluntly, whichever course you choose, you want to make sure you’ve got a decent chance of getting in come results day!

On track for an A and 2 B’s? Then you’re probably best to go for a course which is offered by some unis requiring slightly above your predictions, and some for slightly below. That way every possibility is covered.

It’s worth checking whether the course requires specific A levels or even GCSE’s too. There’s not much point chasing the dream of becoming the next Einstein if your GCSE maths wasn’t up to scratch.

3 – Match your achievements


What you’re doing well in can also be a huge factor in deciding where to take the next level of your education. If you’ve been acing English lately, it’s a great place to start in your pursuit of a degree.

On the flip side however, just because you enjoy something right now doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily appeal at university level. Make sure you have a good look into course content to make sure it matches up to your interests!

4 – Match your career aspirations

Careers Service graduate recruitment fair at St James' Park June 2016

Motivated for a career in Marketing? If you’re pretty sure what you want to do when it comes to the wider world of work, it’s a great idea to investigate which courses can get you there.

5 – Do some research


The most importantly thing when picking your course is doing as much research as possible into your options. It’ll make your decision feel much less daunting.

On the Newcastle University website you can check out the modules and course content for every degree as well as things like placement opportunities and even if a year abroad is available.

We’ve also got loads of student blogs about life on various different courses at Newcastle University and keep an eye on our Snapchat for regular student take overs to see what it’s really like to be a student here in Newcastle.

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