Getting ready to study at 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. We recognise that getting to grips with the practicalities of life as a student and making new friends is an important part of this new experience. We refer to this complex and exciting journey as making the transition into higher education and we recognise that it can be a challenge for all new students.

With this in mind, the Learning Development Unit (LDU) provides a number of 'Headstart' courses before the start of the academic year, developed specifically to meet the needs of new students. These courses are designed to help you get started in the process of making the transition into higher education. They will help you to develop new academic skills and start thinking like a university student, as well as provide you with opportunities to meet and make new friends and find out more about studying and living at Bucks.

Headstart courses 

The Learning Development Unit offers a four day Headstart academic skills course with the option of staying in Hughenden halls of residence. We also offer a one day writing workshop on a Saturday for those students unable to commit to the longer course, but who still want to be able to 'hit the ground running' when term starts.

For more information and to book your place on one of the Headstart courses, please visit out online store.

Four day course (with residential option)

The four day course provides students with opportunities to develop useful academic skills, understand the requirements of study at university level, get to know the University and make new friends. In 2018, the four day course will run from 4-7 September and again from 11-14 September.

Saturday writing workshop

The Saturday writing workshop is structured around the process of preparing for and completing written assignments. In 2018, the writing workshop will run on 8 September and 15 September.

Both of our Headstart courses consistently receive enthusiastic and positive feedback from attending students. For more information, please contact:

Social networking 

The University has a lively and active Facebook page. Social networking tools such as this can be a really useful resource for new students, providing opportunities to establish contact with new class mates and flat mates, and to gain useful practical information about study and life at Bucks.


To find out more about our Headstart courses, call us on 01494 603020 or email