What's it like?

Students studying higher education are expected to be responsible for their own learning and manage themselves.

Click on the answers for the questions below to help you learn more:

You can only do a degree at university.

True or False?

FalseMost colleges now offer degree-level courses. Higher education courses in a college have a much smaller number of students, most living locally. There are no large lectures, with most teaching taking place in class sized groups which suits some students better.

A full-time course means being at university / college from 9am ‘til 5pm five days a week.

True or False?

FalseSome courses have very full timetables. Practical subjects with lab work, and Teacher Training courses tend to have the largest amount of contact (direct teaching) time.

Many other courses will expect students to do most of the work independently in their own time. As a guide you might expect students to be in university three or four days a week, and for each hour of contact time there would be about three hours of independent study.

All HE teaching is done in lectures when someone stands in front of a group of students and talks for an hour and a half.

True or False?

FalseMostly this isn’t true. There is more emphasis on workshops, seminars and group work, but some part of most courses will be in the form of lectures to which students listen and take notes. The style of teaching is something your child should look into when thinking about which courses they want to do.

Only the big exams in the final year of study count.

True or False?

FalseMost courses have assessments throughout, and many spread the marks that contribute to the final grade across two or more years. Very few degrees are awarded on ‘Finals’ alone.

Higher education is not just about academic study.

True or False?

TrueGoing to university or college gives your child the opportunity to get involved in a range of ways other than academic study and learn many useful skills for their employment and careers. Have a look at the Directory of Opportunities at our partner university Goldsmiths, for example.

Go to the Resources page for more useful websites to look at and check the information provided by Our HE Partners.