Develop key skills before University Develop key skills before University

Higher education is about learning at a higher level: developing skills relating to critical thinking; holding a supported, substantive argument; analysing and using data or sources critically. These are university-level skills but you can work on the foundations of these skills before you get there. Such skills will also help in assessments such as A-levels and extended project work, and they are attributes that employers value in graduates.

What will I learn?

In this course you will explore some key skills needed for success at university. You will hear what university lecturers have to say about skills their students excel at, or struggle with, from undergraduates about areas they have found difficult and some top tips for coping with the university learning environment.

What will I do?

At the end of each week there will be an exercise where you will be self-critical and reflect on your progress. These are such important skills for university because they form the basis of independent learning. Each week you will interact with others on the course, compare progress, help those who might be struggling, gain advice and support if you are struggling, and share your thoughts via discussions.

Students say:

“This course was excellent and well-designed, with good videos, provoking questions and interesting discussions.” - Abigail

“It has been an interesting journey and I'm more ready for furthering my education.” - Lucia

“The course really did prepare me for university.” - Sukhjeet

“I am now looking forward to the new life as a university student and the potential it brings.” - Tate

"Thank you for this excellent course, for your time and effort in preparing a most enjoyable and transforming syllabus.” - Sophie 


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Start date: 6 June 2016
Duration: 6 weeks, 3 hours per week
Join course for free


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Harriet Jones

Dr Harriet Jones

Senior Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences

PreUniversity Skills Programme

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