Researching your options
Find the right university and the right course for you.
Use the UCAS website to look at course listings
The course search lists all the courses on offer, and you can search according to university, subject or location. For more tailored and personalised information, use UCAS hub to save results of different searches.
Visit university websites
You can find out what courses are available and view detailed information about the course, the modules you can study and other options they may offer such as work placement years or study abroad schemes.
As universities can’t host large on campus events such as open days at the moment, many are running virtual events. These are a great way for you to connect with lecturers and other staff and are the next best thing to attending an open day in person.
Most virtual events will feature videos, 360 tours and Live Chats with staff and students, covering all the topics you would want to find out about on an actual Open Day, like Student Life, Student Finance and Accommodation.
Chat with students online
Many universities allow you to connect with students online, either on their own website or through the Unibuddy platform on the UCAS website. Current students have been in your shoes and can offer great advice about studying, student life, accommodation and much more.
Follow universities on social media
You can find out the latest news and keep track of any important information, such as what virtual events are upcoming by looking at social media pages.
Instagram and YouTube channels are also an excellent source of all kinds of videos – from student videos to course specific one. And look out for location photos and videos so that you can see what the campus and surrounding area is like.
Bring all your research together
Once you’ve finished your research and you’re happy with your university and course choices, make sure that you’ve got all the information you need saved in one place. You can then bring everything together and weigh up your options before deciding on your final choices for your UCAS Application.