Choosing where to complete your studies?
Choosing where to study can be a difficult decision especially if you are planning on moving away from home for the first time. However, you should look at this choice as an exciting opportunity that could provide you with range of valuable experiences. The process of selecting the place of study that is right for you can be influenced by a multitude of different factors. The following information may assist you to come to the right decision for you.
Not only will the right place of study provide you with quality learning opportunities but could also provide you with a number of other valuable experiences. This could include any of the following all of which should be taken into consideration;
- Living arrangement; do you want to remain at home while you study or move to a site with residential accommodation.
- Cost; undertaking study can be costly and this should be taken into consideration. Make sure you have researched all funding options and the costs, including fees, travel, accommodation costs and any additional costs.
- Reputation of the establishment; league tables provide some indication of the standing of the education establishment in comparison to all others. However, you should also check the league table for the specific course you plan on studying.
- Geography; Location of the education establishment may be important to your selection. Road networks and public transport will affect accessibility travel times and costs. It will also affect accommodation prices as well as local provision shops, recreation opportunities, social opportunities and employment opportunities.
- Additional qualifications; while studying many education establishments have the facilities and funding to provide you with additional qualifications on top of the qualification you are studying. Completing additional qualifications such as licences to practice or industry specific qualifications will improve employability on completion of your studies.
- Study abroad opportunities; some colleges and universities provide opportunities such as exchange programmes. This provides an opportunity to learn in a different country while at the same time experience different cultures and life styles.
- Work experiences opportunities; while completing your studies many qualifications require you to complete work experience placements. You should check with course providers of their work experience requirements and any links with industry organisations they have that you can access.
- Extracurricular activities; while you study it is important to be engaged in activities outside of your studies. Education establishments have social groups that provide you with opportunities to gain additional experience, compete in sports or complete additional qualifications and skills. If you have specific interests that you would like to pursue while you study you should check that this is possible with the education establishment.
- Lifelong friends; it is important to maximise the learning opportunities available to you while you study. However, you should also keep in mind that you will make connections while you complete your studies who may become friends, employers, colleagues in the future.