Judah Chandra, who’s just finished the second year of his social policy degree at Birmingham, used his A-levels as a starting point.
“I thought about what A-levels I’d done and what would be possible,” he says. “I did English language and literature, economics and media studies. Social policy was a very good fit.”
Many students can get caught up in the idea of going to a particular university rather than focusing on a particular course. Look at it the other way round, suggests Joanna Labudek, head of undergraduate admissions at the University of Birmingham.
“How do you want to study? Joint honours, single honours? Look for detailed course information – a BA in English at three different institutions can be very different. Think whether you want time out on a work placement, or to study abroad.”