The University Option. Dr Tony Barnhill. Why Go to University ?. Many university courses offer vocational degrees that are directly related to particular work areas e.g. accountancy, physiotherapy, social work.
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Your son or daughter should consider two issues when choosing where to go: the institution and its location.
Universities and colleges come in different 'styles': some are based at more than one campus, whereas others are on one site; some are formal and academic and others are more modern and relaxed. The location can have a big impact upon their experiences.
Attend an open day
Open days are one of the best ways to discover the good and bad points of a place - they will give your son or daughter an idea of what is on offer, and a chance to see if they will feel comfortable spending three or four years at the institution.
Tuition fees vary significantly across the UK and Ireland – NI is
currently highly competitive with fees of only £3,465 p.a.
A list of available courses is available through the Course Search section of the website: your son or daughter can choose to search by subject, qualification, location, institution, course code and other specific options.
This search tool provides Entry Profiles for some courses, which include general information about the course and institution, with links to the institution's website.
Some subjects require applicants to take an admissions test for particular institutions.
If your son or daughter wishes to study more than one subject - they may be able to combine the subjects into one qualification - a lot depends on what they choose to study. Examples of combinations :
joint: the two subjects are studied equally, 50%/50%major/minor: the time spent is usually 66%/33% or 75%/25%.
Certain vocational courses require the student to spend a year in industry, working that year as part of the course. This will usually be for the third year of a degree course and, depending on the employer, may be full-time paid employment.
The purpose of this is to introduce students to the world of work, whilst gaining valuable experience in a profession.
The number of places available on each course will dictate how many applicants are include in the above list
Potentially, an applicant with a high score (i.e. good exam grades) could appear within the order of merit listings for a number of their chosen courses within say, their degree choices. However, only one offer will be made – i.e. for their highest preference choice
The applicant may also get a second, single offer as a result of their parallel diploma level choices – exactly the same process takes place as with the degree choices
In any event, only one offer can be finally accepted by the applicant in summer i.e. either from their degree choices or their diploma choices