Why become a student?

There are lots of reasons to become a student. Enhance your employment prospects. Improve your confidence. Meet new, like-minded people. 

Immerse yourself in a whole new subject area

If you decide higher education is for you, a world of new and exciting experiences await. Higher education offers you the opportunity to explore subjects that extend beyond the national curriculum, so you'll be able to immerse yourself in a subject you love, or even explore an area that's brand new to you. Towards the end of your course, you may also have the opportunity to do an independent piece of research into a topic that particularly interests you.

Some courses are very academic and you'll focus on reading and research. Others incorporate practical elements like field trips, placements and studio and laboratory work - allowing you to develop and apply new skills.

Enhance your career prospects

While many professions like teaching, social work and nursing require a higher education qualification as a starting point, a degree in any subject has the potential to open up a variety of new career prospects.

As a graduate, you'll enjoy a wider range of employment opportunities. Your chances of finding a job that's fulfilling - and fits with your values and motivations - increases, although instant employment paradise isn't guaranteed. But combined with your skills and experience, a higher education qualification can help you build on your current career or explore a range of new options. It’s worth remembering that the majority of graduate employers don't look for a particular degree discipline; they look for analytical graduates that can think critically and show creative problem solving skills.

Meet and enjoy the company of like-minded people

The people you meet will be a key feature of your higher education experience. University and college communities are incredibly diverse and you'll make friends of all ages, from all backgrounds, from all over the world. However you'll all share a common goal - to enjoy and succeed in your studies. Over the years this shared interest will cement your friendships while you're at University - and long into the future.

Achieve personal satisfaction and enjoy learning again

Gaining a higher education qualification can be a goal in its own right. Maybe you feel you missed out the first time around and now's your moment to show the world – and yourself – what you're capable of.

A lot of mature students put their education on hold to work or raise a family, finding that it's a distinct advantage once they start their course. The time away gives them the opportunity to reflect on themselves and what they want from life. They make a considered decision to enter higher education, think carefully about what they want to study and ensure that the course matches their goals and aspirations. Ultimately, they gain much more from the experience.

These are just some of the many benefits to studying in higher education. Our students tell us that studying at university or college has transformed their lives for the better and that they undergo a huge amount of personal change. They also find that their studies and extra-curricular experiences help them to develop new ideas and confidence - encouraging them to focus on new horizons.