When choosing which course to apply to, it is highly important to consider the course content and assessment style. This is because, even in the same subject courses vary hugely from university to university.

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They can vary in the content of the modules they offer, for example language courses at some universities are heavily based on culture and literature, whereas others only focus on the language itself. Furthermore, the amount of choice you get over your modules can vary a lot for some subjects like politics or history.

The other thing you should think about is how you will be assessed. You probably already know whether you prefer exams or coursework, and the percentage of your grade which is made up of these, or even alternative types of assessment is often dependent on the university. If you want to find out more, the unistats website gives you a breakdown for each course at each university of your time spent in lectures, independent study and placements, as well as how your courses are split by assessment in terms of exams, written work and practical work.

These considerations are not quite so important for subjects like medicine but it is still a good idea to have a look at how the course will be structured.


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