Choosing where and what to study

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Explore your options

And choose the right course for you

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.