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Aim Higher - University Jargon

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BSc
Bachelor of Science (usually 3 years, undergraduate study, science or social science)
BA
Bachelor of Arts (usually 3 years, undergraduate study, arts or some social science subjects)
Alumni
A community of former students from a university
BEng
Bachelor of Engineering
Admissions
The team or department at a university who process applications
A levels
UK exams taken at 18 ('Advanced levels')
Campus
All the buildings and grounds at a university
Conditional Offer
An offer of a place at university which specifies entry requirements e.g. A level and/or IELTS scores you must achieve to get a place.
Dissertation
A long report, usually written in the final year of a Bachelor's degree as part of the assessment.
Distance learning
You study at home instead of at the university, usually online. There might be some where you have to attend some of the course in person (weekends, or summer)
Finals
The exams you take at the very end of your course.
Graduate
Someone who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree
IELTS
International English Language Testing System. An English language qualification that international students are often required to take to prove their English skills.
Joint Honours
Also called 'Combined Honours'. Studying two subjects at the same time to degree level.
Master's degree (MA, MSc, MPhil etc)
One or two years of extended study after completion of an undergraduate degree.
Open Days
A day organised by the university so potential students can come and visit a campus, ask questions etc.
Pastoral care
Care provided by the university for things that are not academic - for example, general support and advice.
Prospectus
A printed brochure or PDF that outlines all the information about the university and contains information about all the courses on offer.
Halls of residence
University accommodation. This is usually offered to all first-years, but may be available to other years. Often blocks of rooms available to rent on campus.
Societies
Groups for students to join - usually common interest or sports clubs.
UCAS
The University and Colleges Admissions Service, responsible for processing applications to university in the UK.
Unconditional Offer
An offer of a place to study that doesn't depend on any further scores or qualifications. This is normal if you apply after you have finished school and taken any other tests (like IELTS).
Seminar
A type of class where a small group of students meet with a lecturer or tutor to discuss topics covered on a course.
Lecture
A type of talk where a large group of students (often 100+) come together to hear a lecturer speak about a topic.
Mature student
A student over 21 when they start their course.
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