Top Ten Most Popular College Courses

Leaving school and considering what comes next? Learn about your choices at 16 or 18+ and what further and higher education pathways could offer you from A-Levels and T-Levels to Vocational and Technical Qualifications, University to Short Study Programmes. There are lots of different ways to reach your ultimate career goal and plenty of support available. Data from UCAS show us which subjects areas were the most popular college courses in the UK, read on to find out more…

10. Management

Management studies courses often include areas of business, hospitality, tourism, land, and property. Degree courses in this area set you up for a career in most professional sectors, as management skills are highly transferable and widely applicable.

9. Business & Administration 

Business and administration courses teach you all about how business functions from the financial side to marketing. There are numerous combination options with this subject area, such as with analysis, statistics, economics, mathematics, information systems.

8. Medicine

The subjects allied to medicine range far and wide – from clinical medicine to optometry, dentistry to medical technology. Most courses in this subject area are highly vocational, meaning you can expect to graduate ready to enter into a specific healthcare-related role.

7. Sports & Exercise Science

The field of sports and exercise science is rapidly growing due to the increase of interest and investment in the area. You’ll find several specialised options in areas such as sports therapy, sports medicine, sports journalism and wheeled sports.

6. Preclinical Medicine

Preclinical medicine is the vocational science of preventing, diagnosing, alleviating or curing disease in humans, including areas such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacy, and nutrition, all of which can be specialisms in their own right.

5. Design

Design studies are the focus of design for everyday objects, taking into account technology and commerce as well as appearance and current art thinking. Courses often involve the use of computers as design tools.

4. Computer Science

Computer Science is the study of information technology. With this methodical science, you could specialise in the theory and design of computational systems – an area that dominates our modern world today. 

3. Law

Law is a study that specialises in legalities and bringing justice to criminals and victims. It provides you with the skills required to practise in law. Transferable skills include research, interpretation, analytical thinking & practical problem-solving.

2. Psychology

Psychology is the study of the human mind, with Psychologists attempting to determine why people behave in a particular way. Many graduates work with other people, as psychologists, therapists and social workers, or go into academia, research and education.

1. Nursing

Nursing is the study of principles and techniques for assessing, managing, treating and monitoring patients. The four main nursing areas in the NHS are adult, child, mental health and learning disability.


Whilst these may be the most popular college courses accordingly to UCAS, it doesn’t necessary mean they’re right for you. Use this information to explore new routes, confirm your choice or go against the grain.

Understanding the most popular college courses might help to know which may be more readily available or more competitive, as well as which might lead to more in-demand job areas.

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