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. 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 it can be a challenge for all new students.

With this in mind, the Learning Development Unit (LDU) provides a 'Headstart' course before the start of the academic year, developed specifically to meet the needs of new students. This course 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 friends and find out more about studying at Bucks.


The LDU offers a one-day writing workshop on a Saturday for students who want to be able to 'hit the ground running' when term starts.

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

Social networking

Social networking can be a really useful resource for new students, providing opportunities to establish contact with new classmates and flatmates, and to gain useful practical information about study and life at Bucks.

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Contact Us

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