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Choosing a course

Choosing a course involves thinking about many considerations, not just one or two. It can be useful for a student to rank their personal priority of the elements of any course for example, mode of study, length of study, entry requirements, particular subject content, meeting professional requirements to practice in a chosen field, graduate outcomes, costs, etc.

To help compare course options, students should seek advice from school and university staff, and any others who may be able to offer advice including parents, mentors and friends, especially those who are working in related fields. 

A student also needs to be flexible and willing to compromise when choosing a course, because for a vast majority of students there is no one perfect course. Each option will have its benefits and disadvantages to weigh up. Most students with disability will also have to consider whether each course option includes adequate support and/or flexibility to allow them to study to their best ability.

It is also important that the student researches, considers and stays open to an alternative plan, in case it isn’t possible to enter the course they most prefer. Being flexible about how a student gets into their planned course and/or career path makes it easier to adapt if they do need to take an alternative path, as many of us do.

A student has a better chance of making an informed and viable course decision if they plan ahead and allow plenty of time to get to know as many options as possible. Early planning can help to open a greater range of possibilities.

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