Preparing for university

Preparing for university

Getting ready for University – time to prepare

While waiting for clarity over A level grades 2020, you can stay proactive. There are top qualities and attitudes that will make your next step to University a really positive one. How can you prepare?

1. Maintain a passion and interest in your chosen degree subject

Keep up your motivation and your study skills

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2. Do your Student Budget Planning – how much money will you actually need for living costs?

Be organised and plan ahead

Depending on where you plan to study and what you like to spend your money on, the cost of living will have a big influence on how you actually live and the choices that you have.

3. How are you going to develop yourself and your skills as an Undergraduate?

Identify and build on your skills and experience now

This will help with study, settling in, deciding which clubs and societies to join, managing your workload and your social life, and getting part time work. It all adds to your CV for that graduate job and will give a boost to your self-confidence – you’ll be surprised at what you’ve already achieved!

4. What do you need to know about your chosen University and the town or city you’ll be living in?

Do your research and build knowledge

Find out about…

  • Support services at University including housing and student welfare.
  • Student safety on campus and in the local area – check out travel and public transport
  • Local employers for part time work and also access to larger employers if you want professional placements and internships
  • The local cultural and social opportunities – it’s a time to have fun, too!

5. Remain positive and make the most of your extra time between now and University

Use your communication skills and build your network

  • Stay in touch with developments regarding Uni offers through Sexey’s’ bulletins,
  • Subscribe to live updates on BBC education news and UCAS
  • Keep healthy and exercise
  • Keep in touch with friends, family and school community

Good luck! Stay in touch.

By Wendy Watson, Independent Careers Advisor