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.

With this in mind, the Learning Development Unit (LDU) provides a 'Headstart' course before the start of the September 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. Previous students have consistently rated these workshops as ‘excellent’, stating that it had a positive impact upon their ability to engage effectively with their first year studies as a whole.


The free Headstart workshop is 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.

The day 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 assignment briefs and engage with a range of texts as part of research activity. You will then explore how to plan your essay and paragraph structure, culminating in writing an assignment. You’ll benefit from one-to-one support of our highly experienced Learning and Development tutors.

Upcoming Headstart Workshops

The Headstart workshop is free to attend and typically runs from 10am to 4pm.

Email for more information.

For details of how to travel to the campus and local parking facilities, please see our High Wycombe Campus page.

Please note that it is not possible for students to park on campus, although arrangements can be made for Blue Badge holders. If you require Blue Badge parking, please contact

Please note that lunch is not provided, so do bring your own, or consider the range of reasonably priced eating options available in nearby High Wycombe town centre.

Accommodation can be arranged at a University Hall of Residence for those that require it at a cost of £35 a night (or less, depending on when you wish to stay and whether you intend to live in halls during your first year). If you wish to arrange accommodation for the nights before or after the workshop, please contact the Accommodation Service directly by phone on 01494 603 063 or by e-mail:

Once you’ve started your course, come and visit us at the Learning and Development Unit, and one of our tutors will be happy to help you.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions about our Headstart courses, call us on 01494 60 3020 or email