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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondI’m studying psychology and I chose this subject because I found it really interesting at A level and I wanted to learn more about it so I thought that university would be a really good place to do that. When I was choosing my course I went to quite a lot of open days which were really useful because they gave me insight into how the courses might differ between universities, such as the course structure or the modules available to you. They also gave a lot of information about what uni life might be like which is really good to know. I’ve really enjoyed the first year of my course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 secondsI think the best thing for me has been choosing modules that suit your interests to go alongside the compulsory modules. The hardest thing is probably the mathematical side for me because I didn’t do maths A level but I think whatever A levels you do do it probably balances out, the good bits and the bad bits. I would say that anyone looking to apply to university that you can never research your course or your university too much because the more you know the better.

Preparing for university

It might seem a long way off, but once you’ve decided what you want to do next, done your research, and completed your application, you can then turn your focus onto preparing to step into the next exciting part of your life.

Here are some ideas and resources for you to use in preparation for going on to higher education.

Preparing for university MOOC

If you’ve found doing this online course useful, there is another FutureLearn MOOC called ‘Preparing for university’. You can watch a short video about this course at the top of this page.

This course runs three times a year and the next one starts on 23 January 2017. You can find details and register here.

It runs for six weeks and covers some of the key topics university lecturers think will give you a good start in higher education. It will help you better understand what university is about and hopefully get you excited about the independence in learning that higher education offers. So why not give it a go!

Get your study skills up to scratch

Studying at uni or college can be different to how you’re used to studying at school. Get a head start by brushing up on the skills you’ll need, so you’re fully prepared when the time comes.

We’ve produced a series of study skills guides which you can download from the UCAS website and use to help you successfully make the transition to higher education. The guides include practical activities and advice to help you develop the habits of effective, independent study.

For international students

Prepare for success is an interactive online learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education. Developed by the University of Southampton, it contains learning resources which are activity-based to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK, and the skills needed for effective study. As well as preparing you for what to expect during your studies, the activities provide scope for English language improvement. Click here to go to the online tool.

Life at university or college

If you want to find out more about life at university, there are lots of short videos, blogs, and case studies with great advice from students on the UCAS website – you can find them here: UCAS student blogs UCAS student videos

You will also find lots of useful info from students on the websites of the universities and colleges you apply to, so check those out too!

Finance and practicalities

There will also be lots of practical things for you to think about and arrange, like finance and accommodation. The UCAS website provides lots of information advice which you can find here.

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