Making the right choice

Here are some of the main things to think about when helping them make their decision.

Things to consider when choosing a university and course

Subject choice - Is there one subject in particular that they're really passionate about? Make sure that they explore the course details, including the types of module and contact hours, as these vary. Find out whether the course offers professional registration, which is needed for some careers.

Extra opportunities - What additional opportunities does the course offer? Does it offer placements and study abroad?

Location - Where do they want to study? Encourage them to think about distance and the practicalities of travelling home for the holidays and other family events. Check out train or bus times and fares before making any decisions.  

Entry requirements - Entry requirements vary from course to course. You can check these on the course pages, or on the UCAS website. Our International Admissions Team can help with specific details for international students. You can email international@derby.ac.uk or call on +44 (0) 1332 591698.

Study structure - How would they like to structure their studies? Some courses offer a variety of optional modules. Would they prefer a course with a range of assessment methods, eg course work, group work and exams?

Support for international students - If you live outside of the UK, we offer support every step of the way. This includes admissions, student wellbeing, and advice on visas and immigration. See our international pages for more information.

English speaking requirements - We offer support to students to determine their current English speaking requirements for their chosen subject levels. We also offer English language courses where students learn a full range of English language skills, including speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

Jargon buster - Take a look at our jargon buster to help decipher all those terms universities love to use.

Virtual events

Until it is safe to have events on-campus, our open days will be online. You can register your interest here. Or your child can sign up for Derby on Demand, our online streaming service, which brings together exclusive online content together in one place and can be accessed at any time.