Higher education at 18+

Find and compare courses/providers

Now you have decided which subject to do (if you haven't look at 'Decide which course'), you need to find out:

  • Which universities or colleges offer your subject?
  • What specific course choices are there e.g.sociology on its own or sociology with psychology?
  • Which universities or colleges offer the courses you can apply for, based on your likely grades?
  • Which is the best university/location/type of campus for you?
  • How much assessment is by coursework or exam, and which would you prefer?
  • How satisfied were previous students with the course?

The university's or college's prospectus, website and open days will help you get this information but there are also websites that will help you find and compare courses/universities.

Find and compare websites:

UCAS has information about all full-time degrees, Foundation Degrees and HNCs/HNDs. Part-time courses will be found on university's and college's own websites.

For information, including entry requirements, on degrees and all Foundation Degrees search on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website


Whatuni? helps students find universities and courses and has a University Comparison Tool.

You can search for:

  • Degrees
  • Foundation degrees
  • HNC/HNDs
  • Access and Foundation Years .... by choosing from their drop-down search tool on What Uni?

The site features:

  • Up to date course data directly from UCAS
  • University information
  • Complete comprehensive list of UK universities.



Which? University has a course search which also provides comparison data such as student satisfaction, grades/points needed, how the course will be assessed, etc.




Unistats is the official government website for comparing UK higher education course data.

This includes student satisfaction scores from the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study, and other key information for prospective students. You can make a list of courses and compare them.



For Open University (OU) courses, contact the OU directly. Full-time OU courses are not offered through UCAS.



Open days, taster sessions and virtual tours

Open days

Attend open days and make the most of them. Opendays.com has all the dates and advice on what to do to get the best out of them or take a look at the link on UCAS. Visiting universities is a costly affair but really important – you could be spending 3 years of your life there, so you need to make sure you like it!

Read this article called 'Make the most of university open days'.

Virtual tours of unis

Not everyone can attend an open day, so here's a list of virtual tours and videos from universities and colleges so you can see what it's like on campus and what facilities are available. If the uni/college you're interested in isn't listed, take a look at their website or YouTube channel instead.

Taster days

Uni Taster Days is a website that advertises university events. There is a search facility for teachers and career advisers interested in booking events for school groups, as well as students and parents looking to book places on events directly. If you’re not sure which subject area to search, you can use the subject guide.

You can find out about university and college taster days, workshops, residentials and open days.