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Workshops to help you get ready for university

Workshops to help you get ready for university

Studying at university not only offers you an opportunity to get a really good understanding of your subject, but also to develop new skills and ways of thinking.

Getting to grips with the some of the practicalities of study, particularly in understanding the processes of preparing to write an assignment, is an important part of this new experience.

The team at Student Learning and Achievement provides two types of 'Headstart' workshops before the start of the academic year in September, developed specifically to meet the needs of new students. These will help you to develop your academic skills and start thinking like a university student. One will be held on-campus and two will be online.



These Headstart workshops are suitable for all students, whether you’re coming straight from A-Levels or other qualifications, or if it has been a long time since you last studied.

It is suitable for both UK and international students, however it is not available for with Foundation Year students. Nursing students are welcome although you should give priority to attending the Growing in Confidence course offered.

Two of our highly experienced tutors will deliver these Headstart workshops and a maximum of 40 students will be able to attend the session.

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On-campus workshop

The on-campus workshop is structured around the process of engaging with a university assignment, from understanding the assessed task, through to research, planning and writing.

You’ll discuss and interpret an assignment brief and explore how to plan your essay and paragraph structure. You will be provided with a range of texts as part of your research activity. You will then have the opportunity to write a draft of a short essay in one of the computer rooms, receiving advice and support as you do so and then gaining feedback for it.

The workshop also gives you the opportunity to meet other students and explore some of the campus facilities.

Online workshops

The online workshops are shorter and similar to the on-campus workshop. You will need to undertake the research element and writing of your draft in your own time after the session, but will still be able to submit and receive feedback on it.

The workshops will also provide you with the opportunity to experience engaging with our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard Collaborate, which we use for our virtual, real-time lectures and seminars.

Dates of sessions

The Headstart workshops are free to attend. Times available to be booked are as follows (only one session available per person):


Tuesday 7 September


10am – 12pm

Wednesday 8 September 


10am – 4pm

Thursday 9 September


1pm – 3pm

Contact us

To book one of these sessions, please email and provide your full name, the course if you have been offered a place at Buckinghamshire New University or you are interested in applying for and your preferred day.

You can also email for more information as to the support we provide to enrolled students at BNU.

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