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University Preparation Course: Getting Ready for Success at University

Reflect on the differences between university and school or college education and get prepared for success.

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Learn how to succeed at university and in higher education

Success at university is about more than attending classes and sitting exams. Understanding how university level education differs from school or college life can help you to transition into university effectively and to succeed in your studies.

This three-week university preparation course is designed to show you how UK-based university level learning may be different to your previous educational experiences, with the ultimate aim being to prepare you for success at university.

Reflect on the differences between university and school or college education

You’ll identify different ways of thinking and behaving that can set you on the path to success, and will understand the ways that university systems and the people within them will support you to achieve your very best.

You’ll also reflect on the differences between university and school or college education, and will discover how to prepare yourself for this change.

Develop a personal success plan at university

You’ll then get to grips with how university students learn and how they are assessed through exams, coursework and more. From here, you’ll then identify the ways in which you’ll be supported to succeed, and will start to develop your own personal plan for success.

Ultimately, on completion of this course, you’ll have reflected upon your current strengths and identified those areas that you might like to develop whilst at university.

Learn with higher education experts from the University of Hull

The University of Hull is one of the UK’s older universities with a rich tradition of teaching innovation and of support for a diverse student body.

Their Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Education, and the Director of their Teaching Excellence Academy have all been recognised as National Teaching Fellows.

What topics will you cover?

  • Teaching and Learning at a UK university
  • Assessment at a UK university
  • Support for student learning at a UK university
  • Personal planning for success at a UK university

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on the differences between university and school/college level education
  • Explain how university students learn and are assessed
  • Identify the ways students are supported to succeed at university
  • Develop a personal plan for success at university

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at prospective higher education students wishing to study in the UK.

This can include school or college leavers, those returning to education and UK based and international students.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

University of Hull

The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for more than 90 years. As England’s 14th-oldest university, they have a proud heritage of academic excellence, life-changing research and excellent teaching. Their vision is to shape a fairer, brighter and carbon neutral future for all. As the Official University Partner of Team GB they believe extraordinary is in everyone, and together with Team GB, they’re going to help you find it.

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    Top 60Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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