Get ready to search

This is a practical activity looking at student scenarios and using the UCAS search tool to find the answers. We will start by looking at one with you.

Scenario A. Hitting the right note

Student A has a strong interest in both computing and music, therefore an undergraduate degree in music technology could be a suitable higher education choice.

However, his music teacher believes that his ability, as a violinist, would make him a strong contender for a place at a specialist music conservatoire.

For family reasons, the student has expressed a wish to study in Wales for higher education.

Task: We are going to use the UCAS website to identify two things:

  • whether Wales has a music conservatoire

  • how many Welsh providers are offering honours degree courses in music technology.

We need to start by looking at the UCAS Conservatoires course search. In the search tool, we need to select ‘Wales’ as the place where we normally live, then enter ‘music’ as our search keyword and click ‘Search’.

This returns eight search results. If we scroll down the page we find: ‘Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’. So, Wales does have a music conservatoire.

We now want to find out how many Welsh colleges and universities offer music technology honours degree courses. To do this we need to look at UCAS undergraduate course search. In the search tool we select ‘Wales’ as the place were we normally live and select the option for ‘courses available in 2017’. We then enter ‘music technology’ as the course title, and ‘Wales’ as the location. We then click ‘Search’.

This returns results which show that there are three providers offering honours degree courses in music technology.

In the next step you can use two other student scenarios to see if you can find answers to the tasks we have set.

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