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University jargon buster
Confused by all the terms thrown around about university life?
Bachelor's degrees explained
Wondering how studying a bachelor's degree can get you the qualifications you need for your career?
What is a joint honours degree?
Don’t want to study only one academic subject while at university?
What is a sandwich course?
Looking for a course you can really get your teeth into?
How do lectures work?
Teaching at university is a bit different to being in the classroom at school or college.
How do seminars work?
Seminars are more like being in a classroom than lectures, but they’re also quite different to what you might be used to at school.
Using a university library
The library might begin to feel like your second home at university. Follow our guide so you know your way around.
Making sure your essays and other work are properly referenced is essential at university.
Research is an important part of writing an essay, but there’s a thin line between using somebody’s ideas and ripping them off.
Becoming a student ambassador
Spread the word about your university and you’ll get a spread of skills for your CV as well.
Can I change my course at university?
If your course isn’t what you expected, it is possible to change - but you need to think carefully and move quickly.
Can I move to a different university?
If you're not happy with your current university, you can move to a new one - but think carefully first.
Open and distance learning
If you plan to continue your studies in further and higher education but cannot attend classes, distance or open learning may be the solution for you.
Part-time university courses: the essential guide
Thinking of studying for a degree part-time?
Can I take a break from my course?
If you’re finding it hard to cope at university, you don’t have to drop out.
Top survival tips for international students
Studying in a foreign country creates all kinds of challenges for international students. Whether you are suffering from homesickness or simply want to know how to make life easier, here are a few tried and tested tips from other international students that could help.
Life as a mature student
29-year-old Charlie returned to university to do a PGCE in maths after he was made redundant from his job as a financial adviser. Here he talks about the highs and lows of being a mature student in Leeds.
Top tips for mature students
Returning to education as a mature student may be daunting. But, don't forget that being a little bit older also has its advantages.
What are foundation degrees?
Foundation degrees are a type of qualification that gives you the chance to study at a high level while getting useful work experience.
Degree abbreviations explained
One benefit of getting a degree is showing off the letters after your name - but what do they all mean? Decode them with this simple guide.
Getting involved with your student union
Student unions are entirely student-run, which means there are lots of opportunities to get involved.
What to do if you have a complaint at university
Complaining to your university can be intimidating. Understanding the procedure will make it easier.