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Universities can use a lot of jargon, making it difficult to find information. Check out our jargon buster to help make sense of it all. We’ve explained some of the main things you need to know here too.
There are over 50,000 courses listed on UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). There are 395 Higher Education Institutions in the UK, including 130 universities. This gives you a lot more choice than the subjects you study at school! You’ll need to do some research to find out what’s available.
Some courses have fewer teaching hours and expect a lot of independent study from students. Others give you a lot of time working with tutors or in labs, but with less independent work. Many courses offer the opportunity to study part time, or to study two or more subjects in combination with one another, or even to travel abroad.
Choose a course which you will find interesting enough to motivate you right to the end.
If you need help or don’t understand something about a course, telephone or email the admissions team. Contact details are available in prospectuses and on websites.
Entry requirements for higher education courses use the UCAS tariff. This is a system that assigns points to different types of post-16 (Level 3) qualifications. So whatever your qualifications are, you can see if you meet the entry requirements for a course. Read more about the UCAS tariff, or calculate your UCAS points.
You apply to full-time Bachelor’s and Foundation degrees through UCAS. To study a course part-time you apply directly to the institution where the course is taught.
These are one-year courses for students who want to study a university degree course in a specific field, but don’t have the right grades or required subjects. For example, if you want to study a science related course, but haven’t done a science subject at Level 3, a Foundation course might be right for you.