Student life

University is such an exciting experience for students, with so many opportunities to try new things, meet new people and become more independent. However, we know many students are nervous about a range of things before starting university, from making friends, to writing assignments, to cooking for themselves.

We have created a range of worksheets, videos and vlogs to help your students feel confident and excited about heading to University.  

University jargon busting

JargonDescription
Adjustment Runs from A-level results day to 31 August and is open to anyone who has met and exceeded the conditions of their firm choice only
BUCS British Universities and Colleges Sport, a governing body for university sport. This is the league you will likely play in if you play competitive sport at university
Clearing Is available from July to September each year, but most A-level students use it for results day. It is designed as a back-up if your results don't go your way and you don't secure your firm or insurance places at university, or if you have changed your mind about your course choice
Conditional offer The university will offer you a place if you meet the formal entry requirements on results day
Dissertation

Is normally a long report, written in the final year of study based on research undertaken by the students themselves

Extra Is a free service (if you have applied to more than one course) available for you to apply to additional courses between 25 February and 2 July
Foundation degree Is for students who have a career in mind but don't have the formal entry requirements or have changed their mind since they chose their BTECs or A-levels. To find out more visit derby.ac.uk/foundation
Graduate This is a person who has completed and passed their degree and has been awarded a qualification
Halls of residence University owned student accommodation that provides safe and comfortable living
International placement Is an opportunity to study a semester abroad with a partner university, to find out more, visit derby.ac.uk/study/study-abroad
Joint honours Is a degree that gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one undergraduate degree
Key skills These are skills that are required in the world of work such as communication, IT, literacy, numeracy, team work, problem solving and self-management
Lecture Is a presentation given by an academic or expert in that field
Students in accommodation
JargonDescription
Module Is a unit of study that explores a specific area within a subject
National Union of Students Is the national voice of students, that defends students' rights and provides students discounts
Open days Events held at the university, which allow you to find out more about courses, support and take a tour of the campus and halls of residence
Prospectus A booklet which gives details of degree programmes and information about student life
QAA Quality Assurance Agency is an independent body that checks the standards and improves the quality of UK Higher Education
Reading Week A timetabled week during a university term, which allows time for academic reading, research and completing assignments
Sandwich year This is a year during your degree that you will spend working in industry, developing your skills for graduate employment
Seminar A class where a particular topic is discussed and debated
Tariff points Your level 3 qualifications are worth a numerical value, most universities use this value as the entry requirement for your course
UCAS Stands for the University and Colleges Admission Service. It is the central organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK
Unconditional offer Means that you have already met the formal entry requirements and the university has offered you a place
Vice-Chancellor Is the deputy to the chancellor and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the university
Welcome week Is your first week at university, you will be able to attend lots of activities and events to help you settle in and find your feet
Year zero Is an alternative degree route for students who wish to study an arts programme but do not meet the degree level entry requirements. They provide fundamental knowledge, critical awareness, and practical skills to progress onto the arts degree disciplines