Advice on Choosing a Degree Course/University

Having made your A Level choices (or even when making them), you'll be faced with a bewildering array of choices if you wish to progress to Higher Education (university): what subjects could I read at university with the A Levels I've taken? What grades or points score will I need? Which is the best course for me? Which university? The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is probably the best starting point for this. It offers students the facility to search for courses and details about entry requirements.

More information about the process of applying for University in Year 13 is available here.


  • 19 September 2015:  Internal deadline for Oxford, Cambridge, Veterinary, Medical and Dentistry applications
  • 4 November 2015:     Internal deadline for all other applications
  • 15 October 2015:       UCAS deadline for Oxford, Cambridge, veterinary, medical and dentistry applications
  • 15 January 2016:        UCAS deadline for all other applications


The Guardian newspaper also provides detailed information on universities and degree courses, which can be really useful in helping you decide where to go and what to study. You can find it in their University Guide 2015.

After university, what next?

Whilst it may seem a very long way off, you'll be surprised about how quickly your time not only in Sixth Form, but also at university goes. Before you know it, you'll be in your final year of your degree and starting to apply for jobs. Or maybe you're one of those extremely rare, but forward-thinking students who wants to know that the A Levels and degree that they choose will make them highly employable. In either case, the Prospects website is an excellent source of information, advice and guidance for students about graduate employment.

Of particular interest might be the section on 'Options with your subject', which explain what career options might fit with particular degree course subjects.