For a lot of A Level students getting into a good university is all that they think about. However, sometimes just choosing which universities to apply to can be the hardest part of the application process. With every university trying its best to attract students it can seem like they’ll all offer you an amazing education, but it isn’t always like that.
Talking to past and present students, getting advice from friends and family, and joining in with discussions on student internet forums can all give you a better idea of what your course will actually be like at a university.
Another way to help choose which universities to apply to is to check their rankings in the university league tables. These tables are created by independent organisations and the universities are ranked on criteria such as student satisfaction with the course, graduate employability prospects, and average number of UCAS tariff points new students have on entry.
Choosing universities that rank well in the tables help you to know that you’re going to get a high standard of education and that your future employers are going to respect the university that awarded you your degree.
Visiting your shortlist for open days, or for a weekend if they’re local enough, is the final way to check that a university and course is right for you.
If you’re planning on applying to study Pharmacy in 2014 here are the top 10 universities to consider for your shortlist: