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Comparing undergraduate courses with Unistats

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Want to find the right undergraduate course for you?

Unistats is the UK’s official website for students who want to make informed decisions about where and what to study.

On the Unistats website, you can compare over 35,000 UK undergraduate higher education courses and find out about:

  • Student satisfaction with academic quality, teaching and facilities
  • Fees and financial support
  • Salary and employment prospects of course graduates
  • How the course is taught and assessed
  • Entry qualifications

And much, much more!

Here, Catherine Nixon from Unistats explains how the Unistats website can help you:

'When choosing a UK undergraduate course, there’s a lot to consider. Higher education in the UK is very diverse. Some universities and colleges teach a broad range of subjects; others specialise.

You may have seen academic rankings and league tables... but these only present part of the picture.

Questions students often ask are, ‘What academic support can I expect from tutors?’, ‘What do other students think of the course?’ and ‘What are the employment prospects for graduates?’ Unistats has the answers to all these questions, and more.

Unistats is the UK’s official comparison site for higher education courses. On the website, you can compare over 35,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate courses at more than 400 UK universities and colleges.

Find out what students think of each course

One of the best things about Unistats is that you can discover exactly what current students think about each course. This data is taken from the National Student Survey (NSS). The NSS is completed by final-year undergraduates. This year, the survey had a 71% response rate, so it gives a good indication of your likely experience of the course.

You can find out how satisfied students were with their experience of a course, and what they thought of aspects such as:

  • The quality of the course
  • The teaching and academic support
  • Resources, such as libraries and web access
  • The way the course was managed.

Find out about employment prospects

Unistats also includes data from the ‘Destination of Leavers from Higher Education' survey. This lets you see what previous students went on to do after they graduated – you can discover the average salary and employment prospects of graduates from each course.

Course fees

The Unistats site lists course fees for students who are UK residents, plus those eligible for the ‘home’ fee. It does not, however, list costs for international students who pay an ‘overseas’ fee.

Don’t worry. It's easy to find the 'overseas' fees: each course listing on Unistats links directly to the relevant university or college website where full fee information is published, usually alongside information about scholarships and bursaries.

Not sure whether you are eligible to pay the ‘home’ or ‘overseas’ fee? The UKCISA website can help.

How to use the Unistats website

Using Unistats is easy. You can search for courses by subject, location and university/college, then create a shortlist of the courses you are most interested in and compare the information for each course side-by-side.

If you want any help, watch this short video – it explains how to use the Unistats site:

Other sources of information

As well as Unistats, there are other sources of information that will help you with your decision.

  • University and college websites have a wealth of information for international students – not just about the course and how to apply, but about what it is like to live and study in the UK.
  • You can also get in touch with admissions tutors or with academic members of staff if you have specific questions. Sometimes they can put you in touch with current students to give you a different perspective.
  • And don’t forget to explore the Education UK website – click here to start searching for courses!

Making the big decision

Above all, make sure you do lots of research before applying. Choosing a course is a big decision - but through sites like Unistats you can be confident that you have the right information at your fingertips before you send your all-important application.' 

Unistats is operated by the four UK higher education funding bodies (click here to find out more). Its purpose is to ensure that prospective students and their advisers have access to robust, reliable and comparable information to help them make informed decisions about what and where to study.