Smart Choices: Broadening Your Horizons

A free online course from UCAS to help students understand the wealth of UK higher education opportunities open to them.

10,808 enrolled on this course

Smart Choices: Broadening Your Horizons
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours

This course has been designed by UCAS to help you better understand the study and training opportunities open to you. The wide range of subjects, universities, and options available can be overwhelming. Exploring your choices and making decisions can be quite daunting. So we’ve put together a set of materials to help shape your thinking.

Choose the right subject and pathway for you

By signing up, you’ll discover more about your options and enhance your ability to make choices that are right for you. We’ll provide insight into choosing subjects and the different pathways that can be taken after school, through higher education or other training routes, to your chosen career path.

You’ll find useful tips from students and hear from admissions tutors about what skills and aptitudes they look for in applicants, and the key things you need to consider in order to make the right decisions and choices for you.

Understand study and career opportunities

The course includes short articles for you to read and videos to watch, plus activities and quizzes with tips to help you better understand the study and career opportunities. There is also the chance for you to learn from and support other learners through online discussions.

On completion, we believe you will be in a much stronger position to answer the question ‘What do I want to do next?’

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Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone considering their post-18 higher education and training choices, to help them explore their options, and broaden their awareness of what higher education in the UK has to offer.

Who will you learn with?

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Who developed the course?


UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Our services support young people making choices after their GC