There is a diverse and dizzying range of courses that you can study at UK universities.
I'm going to take you through what they all mean. Before you pick the course you apply for, the university that you apply for, you need to select the type of course you're going to apply for. The most common type is going to be a bachelor's. This can be a BA, a Bachelor's of Art, or a BSc, Bachelors of Science. If it is a three-year course, it's going to be Bachelor's if it's a four-year course, it's going to be a Bachelor's with honors. This is an undergraduate course, generally three or four years and it can be straight after high school.
Master degrees come after your undergraduates. They're an extra year, which you can either add on to the end, or you can do an integrated course that already has the additional year added onto the end. If you're doing a combined course, you'll probably just continue from your undergraduate, your Bachelor's, onto your Master's without even noticing it. You can choose to switch universities for your Master's year and try somewhere new and try something different.
Some courses also have foundation years, which is a year before the course starts. These are going to be aimed at people that want to do challenging courses like medicine, but haven't quite got the intro requirements from their A-levels or international students who wish to spend their time familiarizing themselves with country and language before they start their studies.
Foundation degrees are much more vocational degrees. It's going to have a significant element of work experience in there. They can be offered through employers. These are two years long, There is, at some places, the opportunity to add a third year onto that and turn it into a bachelor's.
People opt to go to university for different reasons-some go because of family worth; some go simply for the fun of studying a course that they are really interested in. But if you are like me, you went to university to study for a specific career area.
I spent a very long time pondering on the 'what to study'. I swept across from film to law, marketing to science until I finally found Education Studies. I had spoken to my parents and friends in the various occupations and my teachers at school, they offered me some really helpful insights. I also visited several lectures and discussed careers related to the various department. ONCE I put all of this together, I did some research behind it, and I settled on the thought of Education Studies.
I found the Education Studies course at university because I realized that I needed a career anywhere in the realms of education. During choosing my course, I was adamant that I would be an school teacher, therefore, thought my course was perfect-it was mixed and covered a variety of topics, involved practical experience in a work area of my choosing, sounded great and it would suited me right down to a T.
I also chose it because I realized that by the end, I'd have far more scope using what career I possibly could get into than easily opt for BEd course, that was my original idea. For my personally, that was a great choice because what I've been learning on my course have sparked a pastime in the areas of education and dealing with young people.
Nearly every year at university, I've met some very nice people and made good friends with people on my course. I've gotten to analyse subject areas and gain activities that I often wouldn't have and feel that learning education studies is a good groundwork for studying over a PGCE course to become qualified teacher.
If there's any advice, I possibly could give anybody about choosing a university level course, it is think long and carefully, and ensure you know you will want to be doing a similar thing by the end of those three years.
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