Choosing the correct degree course for you is a critical part of any university admissions process.
It’s important to research this thoroughly, to find the best fit for you and because your area(s) of interest may have more options than you realise.
When deciding what to study, think about your likes and motivations in the broadest terms, rather than simply choosing a subject that you’re taking at school or college. What do you most enjoy learning? Why do you enjoy it? How do you like to learn about it? You may still end up choosing a subject that you’re taking now, but you might equally arrive at a new course altogether.
On this page, we’ve set out some key principles about degree course choice and gathered Cambridge’s degree courses into some broad areas of interest. We hope this’ll help you discover courses you may not have considered before, so you can find what best plays to your interests and strengths.
First, ensure your qualifications meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree. It’s pointless applying to courses for which you are not suitably qualified, no matter how good you are at what you’re currently studying.
However, don’t make assumptions about what qualifications you will need. While some university courses have essential subject requirements, others might only have ‘useful’ or ‘recommended’ subjects, if any. As a rule, there is greater requirement flexibility for arts, humanities, and social science courses than there is for sciences, technology, and mathematics. Again though, check and don’t assume!
Thoroughly research any courses you’re considering. Degrees at Cambridge may have the same name as those at other universities, but their content and methods of teaching and assessment could differ dramatically. Consider whether our course maps on to what you’re interested in, and how you like to learn and be assessed. It’s okay if you ultimately find that Cambridge is not for you. With careful research, you’ll no doubt find a great course that you’ll enjoy and excel in at a brilliant university.
Consider less obvious choices. Remember, you don’t necessarily need to pursue a degree in a subject you’ve previously studied at school or college.
If you’re thinking ahead, familiarise yourself with the plethora of career paths open to graduates, and the diverse ways you could enter a particular career. You don’t necessarily need to study an undergraduate degree in law to become a lawyer, for example.
Finally, whether you know what course you want to study or not, The Russell Group has an excellent platform for researching degrees pathways and requirements called Informed Choices. Check it out.