It is important that you choose your post 16 subjects carefully, there is a lot to consider: what are you good at? What really interests you? What is on offer at School or FE College?  If you have aspirations to going to higher education you must check entry requirements for the course you are interested in.  Some degrees build on knowledge built on at school, for example, if you want to study Chemistry, you need to have studied it at Advanced Level (A Level).  Sometimes the requirements for a degree course may not be what you expect, for example, at some university Law Departments, Law at A Level is sometimes discouraged , instead they prefer other essay based subjects like History or English.  Equally you might not know which course to apply for yet, that is why you should choose subjects which keep you options open, be very careful about taking subjects which directly overlap.

Universities will often put on their websites the skills, qualities and subjects you will be studying on degree courses, it is important that you look at the information and see how the subjects you hope to do will help you on a degree programme.  Below are some sites which might help you in your research.

Click here for ukcoursefinder

This site allows you to search for higher educations institutions and courses.  The site also has a study interests questionnaire which will help you assess which higher education subjects might be suitable for you.

Click here for ucas

Is the University and Colleges Admissions Service for all higher education institutions in the UK.  Using the “find course” section will allow you to explore entry criteria for undergraduate degree courses.  This site should only be treated as a starting point to your research, you should also check out university and college prospectuses for more detail on the courses you are interested in.

Click here for cao

This is the Central Applications Office for higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland.  Click on “Courses” button and check out either institutions or courses.  The search facility on this site give you a direct link to university and higher educations institution websites, which give good detail on the content of degree course, important when considering post 16 subject choices.

Click here for whatuni

Is a university comparison site which can help you to find a range of courses as well as information on colleges, universities and career options.

Click here for Queen’s University Belfast 

The site has extensive information about courses and facilities at the university.  When looking at the site, go to undergraduate courses.  There are 223 courses in the University.  Many courses have specific GCSE and A Level subject requirements, please make yourself aware of these.

Click here for Ulster University  

Is a multi-campus university, with campuses located in Belfast, Coleraine, Magee (Derry) and Jordanstown.  There are 210 courses at the university, again it is important to research the post 16 courses which will enable you to study courses at the university.

Click here for CAFRE College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise  

CAFRE offers higher education degree and foundation degree courses in Agriculture, Equine Management, Food and Horticulture.  The institution is on 3 campuses – Enniskillen – Equine,  Greenmount (Antrim) – Agriculture & Horticulture,  Loughry (Cookstown) – Food

Click here for St Mary’s University College Belfast  

Offers degree courses in Primary Teaching, Post Primary teaching and Liberal Arts.  In Primary Teaching the following subjects are considered – Irish, English, History, Matematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Science.  At Post Primary the courses on offer are Business, Mathematics, Religious Studies and Technology & Design.  In Years 1 & 2 of the degree you study a subsidiary subject, please check site for more details.  St Mary’s also offer a general Liberal Arts degree.

Click here for Stranmillis University College

Like St Mary’s, it is a university college of Queen’s University Belfast.  It offers courses in Teacher Education, Early Childhood Studies and a degree in Health, Physical Activity and Sport.  Post Primary Teaching options are in Business, Mathematics & Science, Religious Studies and Technology & Design.