2Higher Education concerns Can be a daunting prospectCommon concerns include:Moving away from homeMeeting new peopleLiving and study costsManaging workload.Many students are unsure if university is really for themAnother potential 3-4 years of academic commitmentIs it worth it? How will it be different from school/college?
3HE versus FE How is HE different to your FE studies now? HE is: A choice from over 150 different institutions and thousands of coursesA different way of learning and working to school/collegeVarying levels of subjectFoundation DegreeHNDDegree (BA, BSC, LLB, BEng, BEd).
4HE learning styles Emphasis is placed on independent learning You can choose a course and modules to suit your interests and preferred learning styleTeaching methods include:LecturesSeminarsWorkshopsLab/practical sessions.Assessment types include:ExamsEssaysGroup workPresentationLab reportsPractical coursework (eg performance, painting, website creation).
5Student SupportUniversities have lots of support staff across many areas, including:Study- Libraries are often open 24 hours to suit you- Support available for all learning difficulties (often additional funding)- Students assigned a personal tutorPersonalCounsellingMoney and WelfareHousingHealthCareersReligiousSupport is available – just ask!
6Personal benefits of HE Independence – support available if neededMeet peopleExperience a different part of the country (or world)Explore a personal interest in a subjectAchieve a qualification towards career progressionGain transferable skills.
7Living experiences Move to a new town or city Meet hundreds of new people instantlyMeet and interact with people from different backgrounds to youFlatmates are a great support networkLots of opportunities for spontaneous social activitiesGain independence by cooking, cleaning, and managing your billsMake friends for life!
8International experiences Many universities run students exchange programmes, Erasmus is the most commonExchanges to countries all over the world including France, Greece, USA, China, Italy and IcelandMillions of students take part every yearFunding available to cover travel and studying costsA chance to experience another part of the world/cultureLearn a new languageBroaden your university experiences
9Social experiencesStudents’ Union is home to sports teams, societies and further supportMany universities also have a student newspaper, radio station and TV channel!Universities compete with each other in sporting events and for The Student Media AwardsA chance to make new friendsGetting involved improves your transferable skillsYou haven't got to have any previous experience or be particularly sporty to join!
10Graduate employment Universities teach the skills that employers value Lots of employment choice:Professional areasGraduate schemesNon-graduate jobs.Two thirds of graduate jobs don’t ask for a specific degree subject, just that level of educationGraduates enter professions at a higher levelDegree and university experiences can enhance your CV
11Graduate salaries A degree is an investment into your future Average graduate starting salary is £19,300Over a lifetime a graduate will earn 20-25% more than a non-graduateGraduates progress faster than non-graduates
12Conclusion Your future – a fantastic opportunity Improve your career prospectsMake the most of all the experiences on offerAsk for help and support if you need itBest years of your life!