There are a plethora of things to consider when looking at university course options. Amongst the questions of which subject to go for, which university to study at, whether to study full or part-time and how much is it all going to cost comes another incredibly important factor to consider: how exactly will this course help me with my future aspirations?
If you have a particular career in mind, you may well be looking at a degree which is directly related to that career or one which provides relevant skills and knowledge to enable you to prepare for entering a particular industry or field. If you’re more flexible in considering post-degree career options, you may still wish to consider transferable skills you could develop whilst at university that will make your CV shine.
Industrial placements, work experience, simulated situations and extra-curricular activities all have a part to play in helping students to develop their skills and knowledge and are all worthy of consideration when looking at university and course options. Continue reading Think to the future: gaining advantage through experience at university
One of the best ways to help you narrow down university choices is to attend university open days in advance of making your UCAS application. Open days provide the chance to talk with academic staff from courses which may interest you, see the facilities available to students and generally get a feel for where you could potentially be studying. Open days are a great opportunity to find out more information and ask any burning questions you may have that may not have been answered in the course literature, prospectus or website. It’s all about giving yourself the best chance of being in a position to make an informed decision when the time comes to complete your UCAS form.
Birmingham City University are holding open days on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June. If you’d like to come along and find out more about the wide range of exciting courses on offer here, please visit the main website for more information and to register in advance.
If you can’t make our June events, there will be more opportunities to visit us with further Open Days on 22 and 26 August 2009 (for clearing) and 9 and 10 October 2009.
Choices adviser Shona McQuillan answers some frequently asked questions about two of Birmingham City University’s popular undergraduate nursing programmes.
What’s the main difference between the nursing degree (BSc Hons) and diploma (Dip HE) courses?
The main difference between the courses is the academic level at which students complete their studies. Students on the diploma course complete a total of 72 credits at level 4 and 168 credits at level 5 throughout the course. Degree students complete 120 credits in each year of the course, studying at level 4 in year one, level 5 in year two and level 6 in year three. The degree course, therefore, is more academically intensive than the diploma course. This is reflected in the degree requiring students to have higher entry qualifications than for the diploma. Find out more about the minimum entry requirements for both courses by clicking on the course titles here.
Is the diploma course more practical than the degree?
Not really. Both courses consist of 50 percent theory and 50 percent practice. Continue reading Q&A: Nursing degree and diploma – the differences?
If you’re thinking about studying for a degree but have been out of education for some time then it can be difficult to know where to start and who to turn to for advice. You may be worried that you don’t yet have the right qualifications to gain a place at university. Our advisers here at Choices can provide information on a wide range of routes into Higher Education. One of the routes most commonly recommended for mature students is an Access to Higher Education course.
Access courses are specifically designed for mature students. As well as offering an introduction to the subjects which can be studied at degree level, an Access course will introduce you to the study skills you’ll need at university, such as taking notes, writing essays and researching topics in the library or on the internet.
By the end of the course you’ll have gained all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed in Higher Education as well as a recognised qualification equivalent to A level standard. Continue reading Access to Higher Education courses