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Start researching degree courses

This video-led lesson activity will get your students started with searching for degree courses and shows where Which? University's tools can come in handy, too...

Ease your students into thinking about university and encourage them to use the Which? University website to search for courses using this quick and easy class activity.

To follow the activity, each student will need a copy of our one-page worksheet, below. Use our teacher notes to guide the discussion, find additional resources, ways to adapt this for different year groups and some follow-on activities for students.
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    At a glance:

    Suggested age group: 16-18
    Activity type: video and worksheet-based discussion
    Subject setting: form or tutor-time, careers education, general studies

    Learning objectives

    Enable your students to ascertain the most important aspects of a university and course for them, helping them to:
    • effectively search for courses that fit in with their chosen criteria;
    • feel confident they're making an informed decision.


    1. Ice-breaker activity: give students two minutes to discuss in pairs what they think is important to them when choosing a university course, then feed back to the class as a whole.
    2. Watch this short video clip, where current students talk about what was important to them when choosing their university course.
    3. Complete the worksheet, asking students to discuss their results with their neighbour.
    4. Go round the class asking which word students had put down to describe how they would be feeling about going to university. Some students could be asked to elaborate on why they feel like this to delve deeper into any nerves and allay any fears.
    5. If there are ICT facilities available, students could log on to Which? University to start searching for possible courses.

    Curriculum links

    • England: National curriculum – Careers Education
    • Northern Ireland: CCEA - Learning for Life and Work
    • Scotland: The curriculum – Careers education 3-18
    • Wales: The school curriculum – Careers and the world of work