Top 10 Strangest University Courses in the UK


University is considered by thousands of students across the UK, and for many, is a stepping stone to their dream career. With A-level results day fast approaching and the endless possibilities of what to study at University, we decided to compile a list of the ten weirdest courses available right now in the UK.

Before we get into the list, you might be surprised to find out that students only need an average of 77 UCAS points to get on to any of the below courses, equivalent to DDC at A-Level.

We sifted through more than 35,000 UCAS courses to find the weird and wonderful degrees available to undergraduates studying in the UK - and here’s our list of the top ten, along with how many UCAS points you need to enrol, and the equivalent A-level grades:

1. Puppetry Design & Performance - 64 - CC at A level - Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
2. Dairy Herding - 64 - CC at A level - University Centre Reaseheath
3. Surf Science & Technology - 48 - DD at A level - University of Plymouth
4. Wine Production - 104 - BCC at A level - Plumpton College
5. Brewing & Distilling – 112 - BBC at A level - Herriot-Watt University
6. Baking Science and Technology - 64 - DEE - London South Bank University
7. Equine Behaviour - 112 - BBC - Nottingham Trent University
8. Applied Golf Management Studies - 48 - CD - Myerscough College
9. Professional Floristry and Floral Design - 48 - CD - Myerscough College
10. Ethical Hacking - 104 - BCC - Abertay University

UCAS recently revealed that the number of school-leavers applying for University degrees is at an all-time high, with 236,350 school leavers (40% in total) applying for a degree place – 3,970 more than this time last year. [This comes after a government review recommended cutting tuition fees in England from £9,250 to £7,500]( "BBC News - education").

Alex Dyer, founder of Tutor House, says:

"The variety of University courses available in the UK is both amazing and bewildering! Some may result in more job prospects than others, but what’s important is that students have the option to study something they’re passionate about, even if that’s puppets!
“Some may say these courses are ridiculous and not worth the money, but I think it’s down to the individual to make that judgement, because if you study brewing and distillery and go on to create your own beer company, then that’s definitely not a waste. With A-level results day around the corner, it's important that students are aware of all their options, including A-level retakes, to make sure they are able to get onto a course that really matches their goals. Education is about providing the tools to enable students to succeed, and there shouldn’t be a limit on that."

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Elise Pearce

As our Head of Content, Elise’s role involves everything from email campaigns to web content; if you spot a typo, you know who to blame. A lover of all things creative, she studied History of Art at St. Andrews enjoys running and painting in her spare time. At home, when she's not busy chasing after her two Labradoodles, Flossy and Rupert, you'll catch her doing handstands on her yoga mat.

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