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making the right decision for you

Still deciding which course and which university is right for you? Here's how to work out what matters to you

A quick note about A level cancellations and what it means for you

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, A levels in 2020 have been cancelled, but please don't worry. We're not going anywhere and you'll still be getting your A level and other exam results in the summer.

Right now, we're working with everyone involved – including UCAS, exam boards and the Government – to figure out how the admissions process will work for students who want to start in autumn 2020. 

We'll work out a solution and once the situation becomes clearer, we'll be as excited as ever to welcome you to the University.

So for now, all you need to focus on is keeping up your hand hygiene and staying safe.

You can usually only apply for up to 5 undergraduate or Bachelor's degree courses at up to 5 universities. So you need to do lots of research on courses and universities before you apply.

We'd obviously love you to choose Portsmouth. But we also want to make sure you choose the right course and university for you.

Researching courses

Start by considering what you want to study and what qualifications and experience you need to get a place. If you’re at school or college, your tutors and careers adviser can give you a hand.

You need to pick a subject that really interests you, as you'll be studying on your course for 3 or 4 years. Your course choice will also have a big impact on your future career. So make sure you check what your career prospects will be once you graduate.

You’ll also need to check its entry requirements to make sure you have the right skills and knowledge to complete the course successfully.

You can see what courses we have by browsing our course pages and prospectus. When you see a course you like, note its UCAS code – you’ll need this to apply.

Researching universities

Once you've chosen courses to apply for, do some research on the university. Find out about the quality of the teaching, what facilities it has and the learning and personal support it offers.

If you're moving away from home, you'll also want to find out what the accommodation is like and whether you’ll enjoy living in a new city

If you're applying to join us as a new, full-time undergraduate student, remember that in some cases we can guarantee you a room in halls, if you make us your firm first choice, and meet our accommodation deadlines.

Going to university open days

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, visit universities to see them up close and meet teaching staff and current students.

On our Open Days, you get to tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence and chat with our students. You also get advice on finding somewhere to live and funding your studies so you’re armed with all the info you need to apply.

University is not only one of the greatest times of your life but a huge stepping stone in your future career(s). People see University as a scary situation but everyone is in the same boat and extremely friendly. And Portsmouth is a fantastic city with everything you need to accommodate and entertain yourself outside of study

Daryl Budd, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice (2016), Police Constable, Surrey Police

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