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Next Steps to University: From Choosing A Course to Your First Assessment

Learn what to expect from going to university in the UK and how to make the most of your university experience.

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Next Steps to University: From Choosing A Course to Your First Assessment

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From making friends to independent study, get helpful tips for university life.

Going to university might be one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make.

On this course, you’ll explore what higher education is all about and learn tips for making the most of your university life and study.

Your time at university is about more than earning a qualification. It’s a life-changing experience where you’ll meet new people from around the world, become independent in your thinking, and make decisions about your personal and professional future.

This course will break down everything from academic referencing to budgeting – and challenge some myths along the way.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds So you’re thinking about coming to university? It might be one of the biggest decisions you make in your whole life and in this short course we will help explain what higher education is all about, and offer an insights into attending university. Studying for a degree is a life-changing experience. As well as building subject knowledge, you’ll develop transferable skills which are highly valued by employers such research skills, critical analysis and independent thinking. Change of any kind can bring apprehension and our short course is intended to reassure, offer top tips from our current students on how to get the most out of your time at university, and help you understand what to expect.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds We will explore everything from academic referencing to budgeting and making friends for life. We will also challenge some myths along the way. Join us on the next step of your journey as we explore what coming to university is all about and how to make this one of the most transformative experiences you ever undertake.

What topics will you cover?

  • Pre-arrival at university
  • Tips on budgeting and independent living
  • Pastoral support you can expect from a modern UK university
  • What to expect on arrival and in the first week
  • The differences between college and university learning
  • Reading and assessment support

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Learning on this course

If you'd like to take part while our educators are leading the course, they'll be joining the discussions, in the comments, between these dates:

  • 3 Jun 2024 - 16 Jun 2024

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...

  • Explore what coming to a modern university entails
  • Compare the different types of study you’ll engage in, from seminars to lab time
  • Develop the key academic skills you’ll need
  • Discuss approaches on making the most of the wider opportunities a university provides

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone considering entering a UK university in the near future.

Those with a general interest in the evolving world of higher education may also be interested in the course content.

Who developed the course?

University of York

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.

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