April 17, 2019 - piranha - Preston
Have you decided that university is the right path for you? There are more than 130 in the UK which means you have plenty of choice!
One thing that will really help you to make the decision is attending open days. This will give you the opportunity to speak to students and lecturers and see what it’s like in person.
Here are some questions you should ask at university open days.
Is the course right for me?
There are plenty of questions that you need to ask about the course, like how the course is assessed, how many other students there will be and the type of career you could have.
Other questions may include:
- When can I apply & how long does it take to find out?
- Do they hold interviews for places?
- What happens if I don’t get the grades?
- What topics are covered in the course?
- How many hours of lessons are there each week?
- How is the time split between seminars, lectures & tutorials?
- Will I have to do a dissertation?
- Can I do a placement or study abroad as part of the course?
It might also be a good idea to ask whether the teaching is practical and/or theoretical. Some people are suited more to one or the other, and others work well between a balance of the two. You want to finish university with the best possible grade, so whether the course will play on your strengths is something to think about.
What facilities does the uni have?
Universities come equipped with lots of cool facilities, from libraries and student unions to sports facilities like gyms and swimming pools.
UCLan has lots of academic facilities where you can spend your time. This includes a games development laboratory, journalism broadcast rooms, CAD suites and plaster workshops, just to name a few!
What sort of support is available?
As we mentioned earlier, most people find moving away to university quite scary, especially in the first few weeks while settling in. You will probably be assigned your own tutor when you start the course, as well as getting access to things like extra study sessions, career advice, skills workshops and counselling.
Don’t be afraid to ask about support at open days; it will prepare you for when you actually get there. And remember, we all need a little help once in a while!
Where’s the best place to live?
One thing that you may want to ask students that you meet at open days is the best place to live. They will probably have lived in both halls and student properties, so will be able to advise you on the best spots and where you should avoid.
Don’t forget, if you’ve decided which uni you want to go to and want to spend your first year in a luxury student house, Bellvue can help! We have lots of high-end Preston city-centre accommodation available at a cheaper price than most student halls.