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Unique University Courses

Choosing a course. Possibly one of the toughest parts about university. Finding that one course that suits you is essential to enjoying your time at university, but can sometimes be the most difficult things to decide on. With over 50,000 courses across the UK to choose from, there are many possibilities.

In this blog, we’ll talk about a few of the relatively unknown degrees that you can study. Maybe it will help spark your interest in finding the degree you really want!


Ever heard of Horology? Birmingham City University offer a seriously unique and interesting degree. If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to study time, then look no further than the Horology degree course. During the course you will have the opportunity to learn about all things clocks & watches, whilst also assessing the art and science of time measurement.

By studying Horology, you could learn about the history of timekeeping, how clocks and watches work, as well as how they are designed, enabling you to gain the necessary skills required in the industry.

If you’re someone who’s looking to go into the industry as soon as possible,  Birmingham City University have some very well-known partnerships with luxury goods companies such as Cartier Richemont (UK), Louis Vitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) & many more. All of these partnerships will give the necessary real-life experience that employers would be looking for on completion of your degree.

Helicopter Pilot

We don’t know about you… but flying a helicopter has always seemed like a pretty cool thing to do. Bucks University can give you the opportunity to learn how to fly a helicopter with their Air Transport w/ Helicopter Pilot Training degree. If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a helicopter pilot now is your chance to realise those dreams! By completing this 3-year course, you will obtain a degree, as well as your very own Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) (H).

During your time on the course, you will study modules in instruments, radio navigation, meteorology, and operational procedures. You will also cover more general aviation topics such as aviation finance and economics, airport operations and airport management. All of these modules will give you key skills needed to go into a wide range of careers within the aviation industry.

Working alongside Heli Air Ltd, Bucks University offer you the chance to complete additional training including the ATPL (H)/IR ground school, turbine ratings, twin turbine ratings and the flight instructor rating. Courses can be completed in 14 months, giving you the CPL (H) qualification.

Ethical Hacking

Now we know what you’re thinking… how on earth can these two words be linked together? Also, how can they be considered as a degree?

At the University of Abertay in Dundee, you could have the chance to learn about all things ethical hacking & cybersecurity by studying Ethical Hacking. During this 4-year course, you will cover things such as, the processes behind hacking and cyber-attacks, figuring out how illegal hacks can be stopped, creating real-life countermeasures and fixes, and shutting down hacks quickly and professionally.

The course combines computer networking, digital forensics, and expert development, as well as programming to give you a true blend of learning techniques. This will allow you to learn how to protect data and information systems.

You may also be interested to know that graduates on this course often find employment rather quickly. In March 2020, the latest stats from Discover Uni estimated that around 95% of students who graduated from the Ethical Hacking course had found themselves employment within the first 6 months of graduating.

Animal Behaviour & Psychology

Animal lovers, read on!

Chester University gives you the chance to live your dream of being an animal whisperer by giving you the chance to study a degree in Animal Behaviour & Psychology.

Chester University say: ‘With an emphasis on free-living, wild animals, you will follow a scientifically driven programme of work that develops your fundamental skills and knowledge and then uses them in cutting-edge applied contexts such as conservation and welfare sciences.’ There is a real emphasis on developing skills that will be extremely helpful with a future career.

The course is taught by lecturers who are both internationally renowned and also actively involved in research. This is great as it means you will be learning from those with a wide breadth of knowledge, and who can provide you with the most up to date information.

As you would expect, the course has a real focus on letting you gain experience, with the use of UK Zoo & field sites a top priority. This will allow you to put the skills you learn into practice.

If any of these courses spark your interest, search for the course on the UCAS website to find out more!


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