Subject Area

Deciding to enroll onto an education program is a big and potentially life changing decision. Not only is it a considerable financial and time investment, but what you study can have a significant influence on what you do after graduation. So you should dedicate some time to researching and thinking about what subject you should pursue.

Unlike secondary school which educates students in a handful of traditional subjects, colleges offer degrees and certificate programs in nearly every subject imaginable. The sheer variety of courses available can make it exceptionally hard to make a decision as students must sift through thousands of subjects to find their perfect course.

Choosing the best subject for you

In order to make your decision a little easier, we have put together a number of subject guides that explore the types of courses that fall under this category, skills and knowledge such courses should equip you with and what the job prospects are for graduates in this area. In addition, we have outlined the three main aspects you should think about when choosing a subject: your interests, your strengths and your future.

Your Interests

  • One of the first questions you should ask yourself when choosing a course subject is: what am I interested in? You will be studying a course for up to four years so it is important that pick a subject that will keep you motivated for that long. However, as colleges offer courses that you have not had the chance to study before, this means that you do not only need to think about what interests you at school, but you can also think about your interests more broadly. Be your interest game design, sustainability or even the Vikings, college will give you a unique opportunity to explore in depth something that you find genuinely fascinating!

Your abilities

  • Education at higher levels, even in a subject you are good at, can be quite a difficult affair. So, think about what subjects you excel in and play your strengths to your advantage!

Your Future

  • What do you want to do after you complete your qualification? If you have your heart set on a very specific job such as a doctor of a dentist, you will need to study a vocational course that will equip you especially for this position. On the other hand, if you are not too sure what you want to do after you graduate, but want to keep your options open, you may want to choose a more general course like English or a perhaps a course that will broadly prepare you for an industry you are interested in, like Media Studies.