Study Options - Degree
A e.g. BSc Nursing; BA Primary Education, gives eligibility for a particular career area, also giving a choice of specialisation within that field, depending on the components of the course. A vocational course does not mean you only have one career choice - it can still be used exactly as a non-vocational degree.
A degree e.g. BA History; BSc Geography, gives access to only occupations, or graduate level entry to occupations where your degree subject is not of particular relevance. The range of options in this category can seem overwhelming and you may want help from your careers service in narrowing it down and working out your job-hunting strategies.
Why take a degree?
A degree may be a pre-requisite for the e.g. practising as a doctor, or being a chartered accountant. For most people the degree means access to an extended career path that will more readily include management responsibilities. It is also recognised financially in that graduates expect, and usually attract, more money!
The degree is the end, for most, of the conventional path through the education system and so, is a time for decision-making and for planning the transition to the world of work. Not everyone who chooses a vocational or applied degree remains committed to that subject during their working life but making decisions that suit you will require an increasingly sophisticated process of personal career decision making.
Statistics show that the majority of graduates in vocational disciplines do seek related work, but that there are many who do not. Consequently, this is a period of review and evaluation, so that appropriate choices can be made and implemented.
All students should have passed five subjects at (grade C or above) including English Language and Mathematics.
In addition, students require one of the following:
- Passes at GCE in two subjects.
- Pass at GCE A level in one subject and passes at GCE AS level in two other subjects.
- Passes at in two subjects.
- Pass at Vocational A level in one subject and passes at Vocational AS level in two other subjects.
- Pass at Vocational A level (double award).
- Pass at GCE A level in one subject and Pass at Vocational A level in one subject.
- Pass at GCE A level in one subject and passes at in two other subjects.
- Pass at Vocational A level in one subject and passes at GCE AS level in two other subjects.
- Pass in a .
- The Leaving Certificate of the Republic of Ireland with grade C in three subjects at higher level.
- A with passes in four subjects at Honours level.
- Successful completion of the European or .
- Successful completion of a recognised access course.
Things to consider
Where you go will fundamentally depend on the course that you choose, as some courses are offered at only a few Universities. You will also find that entry requirements will differ for the same course from University to University. Quite often there are only one hundred places on a course that a thousand or more students will apply for. When thinking about which course to do, be realistic, it is a course that you have a chance of attaining the grades for, and hence getting onto.
Where to undertake a degree
When to study
Another option open to students is to take your course part-time rather than on a full-time basis. Study part-time offers it's own set of benefits; you will no longer need to worry about having enough money to live on, and the course itself will be spread over a longer period. Students with work or social commitments or those with young children usually take part-time courses.
When to apply
The two main costs to meet are tuition fees and living costs. You may qualify for a contribution from your towards your fees and all home students are entitled to apply for a Student Loan towards their living costs. You need to contribute towards the cost of your tuition fees. The extent of your contribution depends on your own income and, if appropriate, your parents or spouses income. The most important thing to remember is to apply to your LEA (Local Education Authority) as soon as you have an offer of a place, don't wait until your results are in. More information on fees and loans can be found in the funding section on this website.
- Course enquiries.
- CSU Prospects.
- Department for Education and Employment (EU students).
- International and European office.
- and supplementary grants.
- The Grants Register 2001.
- UK Research Councils.