Considering or at university

This page gives you some tips on deciding on the right higher education subject and course for you. If you are at university, there are some tips and information on next steps. There are also links so that you can research your options further.

Choosing your subject

There are university courses in thousands of different subjects. When deciding what to study, think carefully about what subjects you are good at, what you enjoy and what kind of career will interest you.

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For most clinical careers, such as nursing, medicine and the allied health professions entry is through a degree approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Medical Council or another regulatory body. Use our Explore roles section to find out exactly which courses you need for any careers you are considering.

If you are not yet sure what you want to do, for some clinical careers, you can take an approved postgraduate course after your first degree in a different subject. There are also a few careers in organisations that provide healthcare where any degree subject is suitable for entry.

Choosing where to study

Once you have chosen a subject, your next step is to decide where to study. For each university you consider, find out:

You may find the Unistats website useful. It allows you to compare subjects at different universities.

Of course, you’ll also want to think about the accommodation available, whether you prefer a city or campus university, the cost of living in the area, how near the university is to home and so on.

Once you're clearer about some of these things, you should feel more informed about what to apply for. 

At university 

There are a number of graduate training programmes and other opportunities in health. Find out more what graduate opportunities are available in health

You can also take a look at our information and advice for medical students including intercalated degrees.

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