Certificate of Achievement

Riaz Hussain

has completed the following course:

Your Essential Guide to University Life

University of Reading

This online course explored the transition to higher education, provided insight into uni life to manage expectations, and presented the range of support and resources available for students. By the end, learners have developed life skills and tools to help them prepare for university and beyond.

3 weeks, 2 hours per week

Sarah West

Student Recruitment and Access Officer

University of Reading


Learning outcomes

  • Compare the different expectations of students in further and higher education
  • Explore ways of managing personal finances when it comes to researching accommodation, food and working with budgets
  • Contribute to online discussions about shared experiences to help deepen understanding and further knowledge
  • Develop confidence in the type of support and resources available to students at their chosen university
  • Identify opportunities to develop skills during your time at university


Week 1: Ready - Knowing what to expect

  • What is Higher Education?
  • Discovering the difference between Further Education and Higher Education
  • Understanding what an academic community is and how you’re part of it
  • Knowing the people around you

Week 2: Set - Preparing for university

  • Practicalities: Accommodation and budgeting
  • Socialising: What’s available for you
  • Wellbeing: Exploring the support and resources available at university

Week 3: Go – To university and beyond

  • Maintaining a work/life balance
  • Networking and developing connections in and out of uni
  • Finding opportunities in and out of university
  • Knowing how you can make the most of your experience at uni

Issued on 18th September 2023

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This certificate represents proof of learning. It is not a formal qualification, degree, or part of a degree.

Free online course:

Your Essential Guide to University Life

University of Reading