In your final year at school, you may be looking at your options and attending Higher Education Fairs and Open Days at Universities, and if you’re like me, your head will be spinning from all the different terms you’ll come across. But never fear! We’re created a handy list of all the most common terms you’ll hear, and what they mean below
The University year which runs from September to July
If on results day, you have met or exceeded results, you can use the UCAS Adjustment service to see if you can get on a course with a higher entry requirement
The admissions team at a University process potential students
Batchelor of Arts / Batchelor of Science (your degree type)
Batchelor of Engineering (your degree type)
Clearing is a system that operates after A level results are published, and is there if you haven’t met the grades needed.
Offer made by the admissions team which is dependent on you reaching the grades needed.
When you apply for a university place but request to start a year later
Long assignment written in final year
The formal process when you start University – this is when you get your ID card and officially become a university student!
Grades or qualifications you need to study a course
University you accept as your first choice
Form of degree where you can study two related subjects, such as Psychology and Criminology
Batchelor of Law
Lecture vs Seminar
A lecture is where the lecturer speak s to you about a given subject. A Seminar is more like a classroom scenario, where student participation is encouraged.
Masters degree (MA, Msc, Mphil, MEd)
Masters Degrees are taught courses that you can take after your first degree
Master of Business Administration
Northampton Integrated Learning Environment
This is the chance for you to look around a University
A specialist degree available to students that have achieved a first degree, and/or have completed their Master’s
This is a year of either work experience or study placement
You’ll be called this when you’ve completed an undergraduate degree
A booklet which gives details of degree programmes at a University
Academic year is divided into blocks of study, like terms at School or College.
An honours degree course where you study a single subject
Groups where like-minded people can share interests, beliefs, religion or sport. A society could be course related (like a Computing Society), or weird and wacky (like a Disney Appreciation Society)
The company that provides your student loan
UCAS Tariff is the system for allocating points to the different qualifications
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service - the service you use to apply for your course
Offer made by the admissions team which is not dependent on you reaching specific grades
What you’ll be called when you study your first degree