The Mature Student's Guide to Higher Education

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7
CHOOSING A COURSE AND
UNIVERSITY
This chapter will help you:
understand the best ways of finding advice about degree
courses and universities;
identify factors to consider when choosing a course;
identify factors to consider when choosing a university.

Introduction

Choosing a course and university can be complicated because there are around five hundred institutions in the UK offering over fifty thousand higher education courses. This chapter looks at factors to consider when choosing a course and a university.

Many mature students prefer to study locally rather than moving away to study. There might be a variety of reasons for this, such as having children in local schools, wanting to live close to family and friends, having a mortgage or not wishing to leave their place of work. Therefore, the options open to mature students who do not wish to relocate are restricted to universities within travelling distance of where they live. Consider distance learning as an option if you feel your choice locally is limited.

This won't be the case for all mature students though and some will move away to study and might have to do so if their chosen course is

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1: Why Study? 4
  • 2: Barriers to Study and How to Overcome Them 16
  • 3: Preparation for Study 29
  • 4: Study Skills 42
  • 5: Why Higher Education? 56
  • 6: Student Finance 71
  • 7: Choosing a Course and University 85
  • 8: Preparation Courses for Higher Education 101
  • 9: Getting Ready for the Start of Term 116
  • 10: Keeping Going to the End 123
  • 11: Career Prospects 132
  • How to Get Further Advice 144
  • Recommended Reading 152
  • Bibliography 155
  • Index 157
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