Choosing The Right College Course For You

I remember back when I was in my last year of school, thinking about what I wanted to be when I left school, and not having a clue. Choosing a course, or courses, to study can be tough, especially when there are so many on offer. Here are a few tips and some advice to help make this decision seem less daunting.

Look at all your options
Even though the list of places, and courses, can look overwhelming at first, it is good to make sure you look at all that's on offer. I mean, it's good to work methodically in this instance. Disregard those courses that you're definitely not interested in, and places you don't want to go to, and then look at the ones that interest you in more detail to find out which would be better for you.

Consider whether you want to do more than one course too. A lot of courses now aren't full-time and so you can do a few to make sure you fill your time, and to give yourself more options in the future, or even give you more experience in one field by doing complimenting courses that could really help when it comes to what job you want to do.

Apprenticeships are another fantastic alternative, especially if you want to learn a trade where you'll need to learn 'on the job'. Apprenticeships offer real-world experience in the job, all whilst earning a wage too.

Do your research
If you're completely stuck for ideas on which courses to pick, then think back to the subjects you enjoyed at school and explore that way to work out your preferences. You could opt to do certain school subjects further at college, and open up a path for your future when it comes to your career. And look at how much each course costs too as you may find a better one, somewhere else, at a different price point. You could even look for courses that take on scholarships, such as the one from Melvin Brewing if you need help funding your education.

But research is the key when choosing your courses. Read the prospectus thoroughly, and make sure that any  course content is what you actually want to gain a qualification in. Search College website and attend Open Days to talk to the staff teaching the subjects to get all the information on offer. Look in detail at what you'll be studying on each course as sometimes names can be misleading. It is also good to find out the type of assessments that are involved, whether it's all exams, all coursework, or a mixture of both and determine whether this suits you best.

Don't copy your friends
I get it, your best friend chooses their course, and you want to spend time with them, without feeling alone with people you don't know in those first few weeks, so you pick the same course. But does that help? I that actually what you want to do or will it be something you'll regret in the future. You need to choose for your own personal benefit. Just remember that others are in the same boat as you, and you'll make new friends on your course anyway, as well as being able to meet up with old friends when you're not on class.

If you're still struggling to decide though, maybe organise a meeting with the careers adviser at your school for more help. It's a great way to see yourself from another perspective and you will also have the opportunity to discuss your options, and get any help you might need.


  1. Careers officers are really helpful - as is choosing what is the right course for yiu ( not your friends - hard as a teenager !!

  2. It's a lot easier if you are naturally good at something. I was good at Technical Drawing at school and I was interested in building and Architecture, so I went to college and did a degree in Civil Engineering.
    Early in my career I found I didn't enjoy being a Civil Engineer, so I "dropped down" to being a Civil Engineering draughtsman. It's something that I'm very good at, and I enjoy immensely!!!

  3. An interesting post. School aged children are so young to make such a momentous decision. Keeping your options open by studying as wide a range of subjects as school allows is a useful base. I wish I hadn't dropped maths and science so young as it severely limited my career choices.