University Jargon Buster When it comes to looking at universities and higher education it is easy to stumble upon new and confusing words. Use the table below to help you get to grips with some of the common key terms you are likely to come across when researching universities and their courses. Student life Catered Halls Accommodation where you’re provided with meals that are included in your rent Fresher An informal name for a first year student Lecture A method of teaching at university. Large classes in a room with tiered seating and a lecturer talking at the front while you take notes. Professor A teacher and/or researcher of the highest academic level at university. Self-Catered halls Accommodation where you’ll normally share a flat with a communal living and kitchen area in which you cook your own meals. Seminar Small group teaching, where you’ll engage in discussion with other students and a member of staff. This is more like the classes you have at school. Students Union An organisation found in all universities that is run by the students and is dedicated to the representation of the students at the university. This is kind of like the student council that some schools have. A student who is studying for their first degree. Undergraduate Postgraduate A student who has completed an undergraduate degree and is studying for a higher degree, like a Masters. Academic BA Bachelor degree BSc Foundation Year Honours degree This stands for Bachelor of Arts. This is a qualification most commonly associated with undergraduate arts, humanities and some social science degrees. A degree that is awarded by a college or university to a person who has completed their undergraduate studies. This stands for Bachelor of Science. This qualification is commonly associated with undergraduate science and some social science degrees. An extra year of study at the start of a university degree to give you a good basis of knowledge around the subject. This is normally taken up by students who have not done the right subjects during sixth form or college. The name given to an undergraduate course that includes a dissertation (long essay) or extended research project. © IntoUniversity 2015 All rights reserved. No part of this document may be produced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of IntoUniversity. Joint honours LLB Masters Sandwich course/ Industrial placement A type of degree where you study two subjects and these are split equally (50/50) to make up your degree. This stands for Bachelor of Laws. This qualification is associated with Law degrees which allows for students to go onto further training to become a barrister or a solicitor. A higher level of degree that is typically taken after completing an undergraduate degree. Some university courses offer you the option of taking up some work experience during your degree- this is what is called an industrial placement or a sandwich year. Finance Bursary Maintenance grant This is extra financial help that is provided by a university or college for students who come from households on lower incomes. This money does not have to be paid back. This is extra financial support provided by the government for students from households with lower incomes. This money does not have to be paid back. Student Finance England This is the funding body who assesses individuals for financial support in higher education. Student Loans Company This is the company that provide financial assistance in the form of loans to pay your fees and living costs. They also manage your repayments once you’ve graduated. A financial award that is based on specific criteria such as household income, excellent academic, sporting or musical achievement. They are specific to each college or university. This is the loan made by the Student Loans Company to cover your tuition fees and living costs. Unlike a grant, this loan will have to be paid back, but only once you are earning over a certain amount. Tuition fees cover the cost of your study and may vary depending on what and where you study. Scholarship Student Loan Tuition Fees Applying to and choosing a university Campus University Open Days Oxbridge Personal Statement Prospectus A university that is based on one dedicated site, with student accommodation, teaching and research facilities, and leisure activities all together. These are days when the university is open to student who are considering applying. They often include activities such as campus tours, subject talks, accommodation tours and finance talks. This is the informal name for both Oxford and Cambridge universities. This is the section of your UCAS application form where you can tell universities and colleges about your suitability for the course(s) that you hope to study. You only have one statement for all five of your application choices. These are guides that are produced by the different universities detailing the unique information about the university and the courses that it offers. These are also available online via university websites. © IntoUniversity 2015 All rights reserved. No part of this document may be produced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of IntoUniversity. Russell Group Universities UCAS A group of universities that have been committed to maintaining the very best research in the UK. This stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. This is the organisation that handles and processes nearly all university applications in the UK. The application is all done online. Other Further Education The level of education after GCSEs Gap Year A year away from education that some students take before going to university. Often students will use their gap year to travel or to gain work experience and additional qualifications. The level of education that involves undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Higher Education University A higher education institution that offers degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as being where academic research takes place. © IntoUniversity 2015 All rights reserved. No part of this document may be produced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of IntoUniversity.