Progressing to university?

Progressing to university can be a big decision

You might have just started your course at Forth Valley College, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your next step.  If you’re currently considering progressing to an undergraduate or postgraduate course at university next year, then you might want to pop along to the University Information Fairs taking place at the College’s Falkirk Campus on Wednesday 9 October (10am-2pm) and the Stirling Campus on Thursday 10 October (10am-2pm).

These events will offer the opportunity to speak to representatives from 11 Scottish universities and to find out a bit more about what they offer.

Choosing the right university can be a big decision – so here’s some questions you might want to ask yourself.

Does it offer a course you’re interested in?

This is a must.  It doesn’t matter which university you go for – if the course isn’t doing it for you, then you’ll lack motivation and your whole experience will be a bit meh.

What does the course involve?

Degrees can have the same title but have totally different content.  They can also be taught and assessed in different ways. Make sure you look at the finer detail of a course so you can make sure it’s right for you.

Location, location, location?

Do you prefer the hustle and bustle of city life or a more laid back country vibe?  Definitely worth considering when looking at universities.  If you’re staying at home and plan to travel to university, it’s also advisable to look at transport options.

Can I get extra support?

You may need additional support during your time at university and if so, it’s advisable to find out the different types of support available.  Take the time to explain your specific circumstances or needs to check you can get the help you need.

How does the university rank?

Some universities have excellent reputations for specific subject areas or have pretty impressive success stats.   It might also be worth comparing universities for student satisfaction and the types of jobs and salaries you could expect once you’ve graduated.

What other experiences does it offer?

Mad about sport? Look for a university with good sports facilities.  Love music? Look for a university with a lively music scene.   These things will make sure you enjoy university out with your course and have the best possible experience.

Where can I get more information?

University websites and social media platforms are a great source of information and there are also various comparison tables online.  It’s also advisable to pop along to an open day at a university you’re considering, so you can get a real feel for the place.

A great first point of contact will be the University Information Fairs here at the college – click here for more information.