The Mature Student's Guide to Higher Education

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5
WHY HIGHER EDUCATION?
This chapter will help you:
understand what higher education is;
understand the difference between the types of course
available at higher education level;
be realistic about what to expect from a higher education
course;
identify the learning and teaching methods used in higher
education.

Regrets? Not at all, wish I'd done it 25 years ago.

(History degree graduate)


Introduction

Higher education provides higher level qualifications for people over the age of 18. It includes degree courses, foundation degrees and higher national diplomas. There are also many other courses offered, such as short professional courses and postgraduate courses which students take after completing a degree. Students who are undertaking degree courses are called undergraduates.

Many degree courses lead to specific jobs, such as medicine, law, nursing and physiotherapy, while other degree courses provide a

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1: Why Study? 4
  • 2: Barriers to Study and How to Overcome Them 16
  • 3: Preparation for Study 29
  • 4: Study Skills 42
  • 5: Why Higher Education? 56
  • 6: Student Finance 71
  • 7: Choosing a Course and University 85
  • 8: Preparation Courses for Higher Education 101
  • 9: Getting Ready for the Start of Term 116
  • 10: Keeping Going to the End 123
  • 11: Career Prospects 132
  • How to Get Further Advice 144
  • Recommended Reading 152
  • Bibliography 155
  • Index 157
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