University Course Search Engines and League Tables

Which University Course Search Engine?

There are thousands of University courses to choose from and hundreds of different search engines to use to look through them. We have found the best search engines and explain why and how to use them to help your students to make the right choice for them.


Search on UCAS for all courses. You can broadly filter down choices and then lists them in alphabetical order. UCAS in impartial so therefore does not rank or filter by statitistics. 

Discover Uni 

Discover Uni allows you to filter by Subject, Qualification type, Study Mode, Location and Characteristics so you can narrow down your choices to suit your personal preferences. 

The search tool also allows you to select different courses and compare them by different measures such as scores in the National Student Survey and jobs and salaries after study​.

The Uni Guide has two search options:

A Level Explorer: suggests potential courses you could study based on what subjects you study. (Limited to A Level programmes).  

Search for Courses: There is an optional filter to look at courses by entry requirements based on your predicted grades. You can also look more generally at courses by browsing course/subject categories or by A-Z. 


There are two search functions to choose from on Whatuni.

"What Course should I do": This tool suggests what programme you could study based on what subjects you study at Level 3. This is a fantastic tool for those studying a vocational qualification.

"I want to be...": This section suggests certain programmes based on the career or job that you want. 

The search lets you filter the suggested courses and institutions to suit your A Level grades and by different rankings. 

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