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Subjects - broaden horizons

With over 50,000 courses available, many students are unaware of the range and depth of subjects available across higher education courses. Of course, there are many subject areas that they would expect, but there are also be courses and subject combinations they will not have considered before.

To get going, watch the video and see how many higher education subjects you spot that you were previously unaware of and which you think your students might like to explore further.

Some of your students may already know that they want to extend their knowledge in a subject they have a passion for and relish the opportunity of studying it in greater depth at degree level. Alternatively, some students may want to try something new, or have a career in mind which means they have a particular or professional focus to their higher education course choices. There may be some who are undecided, or who become confused or overwhelmed by the choice available.

Whatever the starting point or motivation of your students, it is obviously important that they are made aware of what is available so that they can choose a subject or subject combination that they’ll enjoy and which will help them reach their goals.

To help, UCAS has developed some key resources to help them explore what’s on offer in higher education, to be curious and find out more about some of the less obvious degree choices and study options.

There is a set of UCAS Subject Guides, each giving a flavour of the undergraduate courses they could study at university, from which they can start more focused course searches, explore related careers and apprenticeships, and start refining their choices. Have a look at some of these to see the range of information they provide.

They can also browse the range of courses by ‘subject area’ in UCAS’ Search where subjects are grouped together. For instance, social studies includes anthropology, international politics, psychology, social work, criminology, sociology, and more, which they can select and then filter to fit their interests.

Next week, we will be looking in more depth at how your students can do their research and get to grips with their decision-making. Exploring subjects is a good starting point - it really can pay to drill beneath the surface, to uncover the wider range of options in every subject area.

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Smart Advice: Broadening Your Students’ Horizons