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Kavitha Vijeyavelan
06 Jun 2017 123 3 mins Share

Should You Choose an Accredited Course? 7 Factors to Help You Decide!

The wide variety of study options abroad confusing you? We will show you 5 simple ways to find your right study pick for uni. Read on for more!

06 Jun 2017 123 3 mins Share

The word accreditation seems to hit you real strong on and off in uni course description pages while you hungrily (we mean metaphorical hunger of course!) browse endless pages in search of your academic future abroad. It makes you wonder after a point- ‘Is this something I should be considering?’ That depends.

Luckily for you- you’ve come to the right place, here are 7 quick points that will tell you all you need to know.

1. Don’t Be Like the Rest of ‘Em- Be the Best of ‘Em!

Wait- you do know what an accredited course means- don’t you? Yes- it’s one that has been recognised and approved by a professional awarding body (at a national or an international level). So- let’s say – you are going in for a degree in the subject area of Accountancy- we’d suggest you to look out for ones that are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Employers prefer when you pick courses that have accreditation that is valued worldwide. I mean, why wouldn’t they?  It, undoubtedly, gives you that edge over your other competitors in the job market- once you graduate. Given the kind of competition you are to face tomorrow- it is better to equip yourself in every possible way for bettering your chances of employment. And this is by far one of the best ways to catch an employer’s eye.

2. Courses with Benefits!

What benefits- you ask? Well, accredited study options are regarded as professional qualifications or help students register as professionals under a professional body recognised in the field. This may be a requirement in the field, in many a case, for commencing employment.

No Comprende? What we mean by that is some of the professional jobs out there have what they call ‘protected titles’- so you can only call yourself an architect- only if you’re registered on the Register of Architects.

3.Boost is the Secret of Your Employability!

Not the Boost you just pictured in a cup- no (although that might help keep your energy levels up)! We’re talking about that huge boost that accreditations give to your employability and how they increase your desirability factor in the job market. It could work out really well for you- considering you may end up being offered higher pay, enjoy better chances of being promoted, or just be open to so many more opportunities than the average graduate who studied a non-accredited course. Wow –if that isn’t reason enough to pick an accredited course- we are not sure what is.

4. A Member in Need is a Member Indeed!

Some professional bodies help out and offer services you may need all through your career.  That’s right!  Recently- Jeremy Collingridge, an aerospace engineer told us his experience…

“'Professionalism in my industry comes from technical skill, team communication, commercial direction, integrity and responsibility. Being a member of the Institution helps me develop in all of these.”

You can enjoy benefits of this membership during study as well.  Emily Bullen, a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers at university, tells us…

'I only needed to pay £15 for the duration of my degree. This gave me access to lectures, knovel (an online library for engineers) and The Chemical Engineer magazine.” 

5. The EXTRA to make you Extra Ordinary!

But hey- accreditation may not be the only necessity for a professional job. You may be required to also take up some additional professional training post your study for experience. And you may need to take exams or get interviewed by their review board. So prep up.

6. The Must Have’s!

Not all degree courses have to be accredited to be of high quality. Accreditations are a must only if the industry you are to work in, requires professional qualifications to train you for the chosen field. So, we ask you to look out for accreditations mainly for courses that cover the subject areas of Medicine, Accountancy, Actuarial Sciences, and Engineering.

7. Give It a Go!

So, tell us now, the course you are picking- is it accredited? Does it need one? Do the research now.

All you need to do is look for detailed information in the university course listing pages. You can also try our course listings pages in case you’d like to make this search quick and easy. Our course information pages cover the latest information taken from international uni websites. Do have a look!

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