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* 1. People decide to go on to study in Higher Education for a number of reasons. Which of the reasons below is the most important to you?

It doesn't matter what your reasons are for going into higher education, but it is helpful to think about those reasons to help you choose a course and institution to study at. If you're interested in a particular career, then which university/college has the best leads into that career? If you're interested in your earning potential, which university has the highest graduate salary? All of these things will help you to decide what will be the best fit.

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* 2. There are thousands of courses to choose from in Higher Education. Which of these are real courses at college or university and which have we made up? Select only the courses that you think are real.

(Don't worry, you'll get all the results for your quiz at the end!)

You might have an idea already about a course you're interested in. It could be that it's the same as something you're already doing at school or it could be completely different. There are loads of courses out there that you won't have studied before but could be exactly the right thing for you. There are lots of things to help you find these courses like prospectuses from universities, the UCAS course search, Plan It Plus and My World of Work.

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* 3. Some jobs require you to have a specific qualification. Which of the jobs below would you need a degree from university to be able to do?

For some professions like teaching, medicine or dentistry, most people know that you need a university degree to be able to practice. For most professions though, there are a number of routes available which could include a course at college or university. Check out Plan It Plus for more information on careers.

Some employers just look for a degree in general. They don't mind what subject you studied as long as you have a degree because they know that studying for a degree means you will have developed a certain set of skills that will help you to be successful in that job.

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* 4. On average, people with degrees will earn more over their lifetimes than people who don't have a degree. What are some of the reasons why people with degrees would be paid more money?

The reasons behind this fact are pretty easy to guess; graduates have spent more time developing not only their specialised skills relating to the subject they studied at university/college, but also their generalised skills like team-work, leadership, research, communication, presentation etc. The more skills you have, the more valuable you are to an employer because you can do more stuff. And the more stuff you can do, the more someone will want to pay you (and the more you can demand more pay from an employer!).

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* 5. What do you think about when people mention the 'student lifestyle'?

University and college are a chance for you to take control of how you learn. If you find that you work better at 3am then that's absolutely fine; work out what is best for you. You'll have a different relationship with your lecturers too - it's up to you to talk to them if you're having a problem with something in class, and they won't remind you about that upcoming deadline for an essay.

Your classes will be made up of people from all over the world with very different ideas and backgrounds to you so they will challenge how and what you think. All of these things will help you to become an independent student and to build your confidence in your own ability. 

A big aspect of being a student is the social side, but that doesn't mean parties all the time if you don't want it to. Many people join societies and sports clubs to meet people who have similar interests or they join to try something completely new.

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