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Is University the Right Choice?

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Trying to figure out what to do after getting your A-level results can be tough, particularly if all of your friends are off to university.

If you've not yet applied and are thinking about doing so, we’ve created a guide to help you decide what's right for you.

Simply ask yourself the following questions to find out if going to university is the next step you should take.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Think ahead to 5 years’ time, what is it that you want to be doing for a living? This might be difficult to answer this point in time, but think about the subjects you’re interested in – where could these subject take you? Do you need a degree to be where you want to be? Many people aren’t sure of what they want to do after university so they study a subject they’re interested in and see where it takes them.


Have you done your research?

Take a close look at course content to see exactly what is involved and what you will be getting out of the course. Go to Open Days and explore the campus and town. Picture yourself at the uni, can you imagine studying there? Talk to graduates that took the course you’re thinking of taking, where did they end up in their career?


Do you think the fees are worth the degree?

Find out exactly how much uni will cost, although most uni student fees are £9,000 some are lower such as CU CoventryCU London and CU Scarborough fees. Have a look to see what time of loan you would be entitled to. Search for jobs that you would want to be doing in future and compare the salary against the fees you will be paying… is it worth it? In 2016, working age (aged 16-64) graduates earned on average £9,500 more than non-graduates, while postgraduates earned on average £6,000 more than graduates (GOV.UK Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2016).


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Should I study in London?
  1. According to annual league tables, London is home to top-rated universities 
  2. There is always something to do in London whether that’s dining out, barring, clubbing, pubbing, attending concerts or events, or even taking a tour of the glamourous city
  3. Gorgeous art – if you appreciate art then you’ll love studying at Coventry University London where you’ll have the opportunity to check out the street artwork that will surround you! Especially in Shoreditch where the creative streets are constantly being updated so you’ll see new masterpieces regularly

Source: Which? University (Should you study in London? 03 May 2017)


Other than a degree, are there any additional benefits of going to uni?

People often mistakenly think the only benefit of going to uni is getting a degree, but some Cov Uni students have mentioned the other advantages:

  • Better employment prospects
  • More confidence from presentations and networking with others
  • Enhanced professional and personal skills
  • Better social life and friends who will last a lifetime
  • A once in a lifetime experience



Do you have to follow the standard university route?

No, you do not have to follow the standard university route of doing a full time degree and living away from home. You could just as easily do a part-time, or even Saturday degree and do this from home. You will still get a degree at the end of it and get to socialise with others, not to mention gain all the skills that someone taking a full time degree and living in halls / private accommodation would.

If you've not yet applied for uni but have decided it is the right choice for you then you could always see if there are any spaces available through Clearing.

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Why go anywhere else?

We know you have a lot of options during Clearing but there are a few good reasons to make us your choice:

  • Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework 2017
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - Complete University Guides 2018 (Guardian)
  • Top 4 for student experience - Good University Guide 2017 (The Times)