Which Course?

The Beacon Equity Trust has built key Partnerships to offer The Beacon Scholarship at five world-class universities. Students should be clear on the course of study they wish to pursue before they apply, and can apply to any partner university where the course of study they have chosen is available.

Which Course 2

All partner universities offer 3-4 year undergraduate degrees.  You must be clear about how to select a course of study.

Key questions to ask in selecting a course/university:

  • What are you good at? Similar to picking A-level subjects from your GCSEs; you probably chose at least 2-3 of them based on what you're getting the best grades in - which can often be a sign of 'enjoyment' in itself. Having studied a subject at A-level do you want to get into it in more depth?
  • What are your interests? For many, university may present the first opportunity to learn about something they're truly interested in, which wasn't available to study at A-level. If you're studying a subject for 3+ years there has to be some interest in it otherwise it will become a bad experience. Ideally, you will try and find something that a) you're good at, and b) you're interested in. 
  • What are your long term career plans? You may still have no idea what you want to do when you graduate. Regardless, it's never too early to think about your future, particularly if you want to join a specialised occupation which will have its own requirements, rather than just a generalised career such as 'business'. 
  • Have you done all your research? The main reason why students leave university early is because they chose the wrong course. It is crucial to do good research and decide carefully (click here for a starting point). 
  • Do you understand the course structure? Get a feel for the course, and compare differences in modules. An example of this would be Business degrees. What's the difference between Management & Strategy and just Business Management? What are the compulsory modules? How much choice do I have? Are there any subjects that I want to avoid at all costs which are 'hidden' within the degree, eg maths? 
  • Do you understand the subject requirements? By understanding specific UCAS tariff points and grade requirements for courses you can make more tactically informed decisions. 
  • Does the course offer a placement year/integrated learning? Is there an option to gain work experience as part of the degree? Can I learn a language as part of my degree? A number of degrees these days offer two variations of a single course: one which is three years, and one which is four with 'integrated industrial training' otherwise known as a placement or sandwich year. 
  • How is the course graded? An increasing percentage of students are looking at their prospects for getting a first or a 2:1 (click here for UK degree classifications). Some people for example would rather get a first from a 'lesser' university, than a 2:1 from a 'better' university, and vice versa.

Click here for more details about Beacon Partnerships.