A Levels: The next steps to University

In prep for University

Top Tips for First Year Students

Advice for First Years

We know that the transition from A Levels to Higher Education can be challenging, but at the University of Northampton, we’re here to help you. Have a read below on our top tips:

Get involved with Student Events:

Try to participate in as many social events as you can, get to know who you will be studying with and make new friends! But try and make sure that you don’t leave yourself short financially – remember at the University of Northampton we have over 50 clubs and societies to choose from and they are all FREE!

Get involved, and start making some amazing memories! After all, when will it ever be socially acceptable for you to go out so often again?


Join a volunteer society/get work experience:

Once you’ve reached the end of your degree and graduated, we know that the job market can be really tough. As much as University is about studying to get the best possible result for your degree, it’s equally important to get some work experience in your chosen industry under your belt. Make sure you apply for some work experience in your first year and get the most you can throughout your time at university.  The University of Northampton offers a range of volunteer projects and incentives for joining (including the opportunity to rack up points… and points mean prizes).


Don’t forget about your mental health:

University, as fun and exciting as it is, can be stressful, so try and give yourself time out to relax in the process, and try not to overwork yourself. Remember – everything will come together in the end, so it’s not worth exhausting yourself in the process. If you know that your struggle with time management, you could get a planner, and create weekly schedules with breaks included. Even something simple like jotting notes on paper will help you plan your day (and also let you fit in a couple of episodes of Friends!)

If it all gets a little bit too much, don’t forget that we offer an onsite counselling service, which can be found at the Student Centres on our Campuses. You can ask for a one-off session, or schedule in regular sessions. It’s completely free too!


Ask for help from lecturers:

It can be pretty daunting asking your lecturer for advice, but remember if you need help with something, or need clarification, your lecturers are always more than happy to help you out! Lecturers have been to University too, so they know how tough it can be. They’re therefore pretty understanding if you’re struggling with an assignment (they always seem to have that magic resource that’s the key to your assignment!), or equally understanding if you’re just struggling with Uni life as a whole. Putting it simply, they have the answers, so make sure you ask for help if you’re struggling!

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