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Section 1 : What is Higher Education (HE)?

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                                                                                               WHAT IS HIGHER EDUCATION (HE)?

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                     University student.                                                                           This guide
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                                                                   when you leave schoo
                                                                                       l                            help you
                                             pondering what to do                                                                     r future
                                        •                                                                                 about you
                                                                                          u in the right
                                                                r education will steer yo
                      then this young  person’s guide to highe          your future.
                                                ke the best choices for
                      direction to help you ma
                                                                                         ions, like:
                                                               swer any niggling quest
                       We cover all the essential issues and an

                                                          on - is it for me?
                               What is Higher educati
                               What courses can i stu
                                                          at to study?
                               When will i choose wh
                                                           subjects do i need?
                               What GSCe and A-level
                               When and how will i ap                 will help me get to un
                                What ex   tra-curricular activities
                                                           to study at university?
                                How much does it cost
                                What does the jargon
                                Where can i find out mo
                                                                                            decisions about
                                                                     to help you figure out
                        This guide is wr itten with you in mind                              you to think
                                                                     available, encouraging
                        your future by  illustrating the choices                            also where you
                                                                     at you’re good at and
                        about who yo   u are, what you like, wh
                                                  of all that studying.
                        want to be at the end
                                                   A-level subjects
                         Picking your GCSe and                   demic career because
                                                                                           the choices you
                         This is a significant period in your aca                           oose the best
                                                                  eer, so it is vital you ch
                         make now wi     ll impact your future car                            s are doing.
                                                                    by what your classmate
                         options for yo   u and do not be swayed

                            Consider the following
                                    Where   do your strengths lie?
                                                               k forward to?
                                    What classes do you loo                             s in?
                                                              achieve the best result
                                     Which subjects do you                         ctical work, coursework
                                                                    you best: pra
                                     What  type of learning suits
                                                             do in the future?
                                     What do you want to                                       rking when you
                                                                       university or start wo
                                     Would    you prefer to study at
                                     leave school?
                                                                                              wn your answers so
                                                                   se questions and jot do
                             It may be use ful to think about the                              nt to have a chat                                                                 Happy days!
                                                                       nt. You might also wa
                             you have a cle  ar idea of what you wa                             ective on your
                                                                      ds to get another persp
                              with your tea chers, parents and frien                            help with any
                                                                     iversity staff are here to
                              options, and remember, Queen’s Un
                              studying concerns.

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        HIGHER EDU
                  CATION (H
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Section 1 : What is Higher Education (HE)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Section 1 : What is Higher Education (HE)?
                                                                                             OK, but seriously, what
                                                                                              IS higher education?
                                                                                                                                                on (He)?                                                  u
                                                                                                                       What is Higher educati                                   courses available for yo
                                                                                                                                                        the massive choice of
                                                                                                                       This is a term used to describe                   es are studied at a higher level
                                                                                                                                                 d college. These cours                         on, like a
                                                                                                                       to study at university an         s and typically result in a qualificati
                                                                                                                       than yo   ur current school studie
                                                                                                                       certificate, diploma or

                                                                                                                       is He for me?                                               higher education,
                                                                                                                                                            school leavers go into
                                                                                                                       At presen   t, around 33 per cent of                      and would like to meet
                                                                                                                                                        particularly interesting
                                                                                                                        so if you find a school subject                          der applying for a
                                                                                                                                                          then you should consi
                                                                                                                        people   who share your passion                         you will enhance your
                                                                                                                                                        fact that by doing this
                                                                                                                        higher   education course. The                           ure is just a bonus!
                                                                                                                                                         more money in the fut
                                                                                                                         career  opportunities and earn

                                                                                                                         What is a university?              on institution with ma
                                                                                                                                                                                     ny teaching and
                                                                                                                         A unive  rsity is a higher educati                           jects. A university
                                                                                                                                                             s degrees in lots of sub
                                                                                                                         research   facilities, which award                           postgraduate
                                                                                                                                                            (your first degree) and
                                                                                                                         provid  es both undergraduate                                   rates).
                                                                                                                                                              s, like masters and docto
                                                                                                                         educati  on (further qualification
                                                                                                                                                                              d college?
                                                                                                                                                    between university an                          differences.
                                                                                                                          What is the difference                          utions, there are a few
                                                                                                                                                    he r education instit
                                                                                                                          Although both are hig                                        a higher level, leading
                                                                                                                                                             their chosen subject to
                                                                                                                          At colle ge, students can study                            d sometimes to degre
                                                                                                                                                             tificate or diploma, an
                                                                                                                          to a qu  alification such as a cer
                                                                                                                                                                                       um of degree level,
                                                                                                                                                           ically studied to a minim
                                                                                                                           At un iversity, courses are typ                             so choose. College
                                                                                                                                                             to further study if they
                                                                                                                           and stu  dents can then go on                                ations which will
                                                                                                                                                             ay for achieving qualific
                                                                                                                           is som etimes used as a pathw                        ty.
                                                                                                                                                       dent to attend universi
                                                                                                                           ultimately allow the stu
                                                                                                                           Why should i go to un               re are a few of the key
                                                                                                                           This list could be endless, but he                       ty will be your first rea
                                                                                                                                                          endence, and universi
                                                                                                                           • All  teenagers want indep
                                                                                                                              taste of it                                         her level,
                                                                                                                                                      jects you enjoy to a hig
                                                                                                                           • You can study the sub
                                                                                                                              be it literature or biolog                           et you
                                                                                                                                                      w friends waiting to me
                                                                                                                            • There are loads of ne                       lls, like budgeting,
                                                                                                                                                     ny transferrable ski
                                                                                                                            • You will learn so ma
                                                                                                                               negotiation and time                               abroad to experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                           a new
                                                                                                                                    ny degrees allow  you to work and study
                                                                                                                            • Ma
                                                                                                                               culture                                                  jobs now require
                                                                                                                                                             re employable; lots of
                                                                                                                             • Yo  u will make yourself mo
                                                                                                                               applicants to have a de

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Section 1 : What is Higher Education (HE)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Section 1 : What is Higher Education (HE)?
                                                  How is university life different to                                                                                                                 tutorials, which are in
                                                  Going to university is a massive tran                                                          These lectures are     often followed up with                                 ic. These can
                                                                                                                                                                                                   your opinion on a top
                                                                                        sition, you will probably be living
                                                                                                                            away                 groups and you wi      ll be expected to give                                            are
                                                  from home for the first time, so this                                                                                                                   how useful the debates
                                                                                         means having to learn to cook for                                                     t you will soon realise               o a good opportunity
                                                  yourself and budget those importa                                                              be daunting at first bu                                 ials are als
                                                                                       nt pennies.                                                                            ite assignments. Tutor                         d in a lecture.
                                                                                                                                                 when you come to wr                           and something discusse
                                                 Aside from learning how to be inde                                                              to ask questions if     you don’t underst
                                                                                   pendent, you will meet people from
                                                 wide range of backgrounds, so you                                       a                                                                                                          courses will
                                                                                   will also be able to expand your cult                                                                           cture and Science-based
                                                                                                                        ural                      Some degrees, lik     e Engineering, Archite                                          ll work on
                                                 horizons.                                                                                                                                               oratories, where you wi
                                                                                                                                                  also have practical     sessions in studios or lab
                                                 The method of teaching will be diff
                                                                                      erent; nobody will chase you to go                          projects or experimen
                                                 class so you will need to quickly dev                                   to                                                                                                        t you have
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing at university is tha
                                                 lecturers will not constantly remind
                                                                                      elop the motivation to attend. You
                                                                                                                         r                         The main thing to      remember about study                                   ek will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ll find a lot of your we
                                                                                       you about assignments the way you
                                                                                                                           r                       responsibility for   your work, and you wi                                         rkload
                                                 school teachers do, so you need to
                                                                                     learn to manage your own work                                                                                  t if you manage your wo
                                                                                                                      or your                      taken up with rea      ding and studying. Bu                                          ’t treat
                                                 marks will suffer.                                                                                                                                    is no reason why you can
                                                                                                                                                   and complete ass      ignments on time there                                      t we’ll come
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Students’ Union, bu
                                                 Of course there is much more to                                                                    yourself with a we     ll-earned night out in
                                                                                   university than stressing about essa                                                            guide!
                                                 will have so many more opportuniti                                     ys! You
                                                                                        es to meet like-minded people tha                           back to that later in the
                                                 you would at school because univ                                          n                                                                                                       eering is
                                                                                                                                                                                                       for subjects like Engin
                                                                                    ersities have a massive range of club                                                 ent too, teaching time
                                                 societies to cater for every unique                                      s and                     Courses are differ                                          subjects like English or
                                                                                     interest, from video games to voll                                                            urs per week, whereas
                                                                                                                        eyball!                      usually more than 30 ho                            r week because these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     students are
                                                What about studying?                                                                                 Politics usually ha  ve less than 10 hours pe                              ir subjects in
                                                                                                                                                                                                   g and researching the
                                                At university you will be taught in                                                                  expected to spe    nd a lot of time readin
                                                                                     a variety of ways. Most university
                                                have to attend lectures, which are                                      students                     detail.
                                                                                     held in large rooms where there
                                                hundreds of other students presen                                      could be                                                                                 derstand what’s being
                                                                                     t, all of whom are expected to liste                                                           to settle in or can’t un
                                                the lecturer and make notes.                                             n to                         What if i find it difficult
                                                                                                                                                      discussed in class?                                                              will be others
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing difficult then there
                                                                                                                             Lectures can be a        Fear not, chances      are if you find someth
                                                                                                                                                                                                        u first enrol at Queen’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      , you will be
                                                                                                                                                                          feel the same. When yo
                                                                                                                                 laugh too!           in the class who                                er of Studies, who will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    assist you with
                                                                                                                                                      assigned to a Pe    rsonal tutor and Advis                                       ghout the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         contact with you throu
                                                                                                                                                       your module sel    ections and will keep in                                    your worries
                                                                                                                                                                                                         know, or even discuss
                                                                                                                                                       year, so don’t be    afraid to let your tutor
                                                                                                                                                       with your classmates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ss, have a chat in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      concerns with your cla
                                                                                                                                                               If you do  n’t want to share your                                        you with any
                                                                                                                                                                                                           , who is there to help
                                                                                                                                                                   private   with your Personal Tutor                    . The Student Guidanc
                                                                                                                                                                                            study-related problems                              help,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               o there to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Centre at Queen’s is als
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and they co   ver everything from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dy skills to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           student finance and stu
                                                                                                                                                                                                            providing assistance to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             lping you
                                                                                                                                                                                                              with disabilities and he
                                                                                                                                                                                                              to find a job after you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ity Officers
                                                                                                                                                                                                             There are also Commun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      u can talk to
                                                                                                                                                                                                             at Elms Village, who yo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ulties settling
                                                                                                                                                                                                            if you are having diffic
                                                                                                                                                                                                           into your new life at un
                                                                                                                                                                                                           You will find that most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       talking to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              can be eased by simply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              r the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   someone and remembe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      staff at Queen’s   are happy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to help.

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                                                                                                                                             If an advert appears on
                                                                                                                                                                      television, what might
                                             Learning styles quiz                                              and how you study            	 	 A Sing	along	or	re                           you do?
                                                                                      more control over what                                                       peat	the	words
                                             At university  you will have so much                          at type of studying              	 	 V Watch	the	adve
                                                                                     this by discovering wh                                                        rt
                                             and you sho  uld take advantage of                             u learn and what                	 	 K Get	up	and	do	so
                                                                                    low to find out how yo                                                            mething
                                             suits you be st. So take the quiz be
                                              subjects might suit you…                                                                      When you talk, which
                                                                                                                                                                 of the following are yo
                                                                                                             out the answer, what          	 	 V Talk	quickly                           u most likely to do?
                                                                                      d you have to think ab
                                              If somebod  y asks you a question an                                                         	 	 K Use	hand	gesture
                                                                       es?                                                                                         s
                                               do you do with your ey                                                                      	 	 A Ask	lots	of	que
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How did
                                               	 	 V Loo   k	upwards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               You Score
                                               	 	 A Look	straight	ahe                                                                     When you hear a song
                                                                                                                                                                 on the radio, what do
                                               	 	 K Loo   k	down                                                                         	 	 A Sing	along                             you do?
                                                                                                               d it, which of the         	 	 K Dance	or	tap	you
                                                                                       you and you understan                                                     r	feet
                                                If somebod y explains a problem to                  them?                                 	 	 V Imagine	the	vide
                                                                           you most likely to give                                                              o
                                                following responses are
                                                 	 	 V “I	see	what	you                                                                      Mostly A
                                                                          ’re	saying“
                                                 	 	 A “I	hear	what	you                                                                     You	are	an	auditory	lea
                                                                                                                                                                        rner,	this	means	you	prefe
                                                 	 	 K “That	feels	right“                                                                   remember	information	b
                                                                                                                                                                        y	how	it	sounds.	You	migh
                                                                                                                                                                                                       r	to	learn	through	listening
                                                                                                                                           likely	to	remember	informa                                   t	read	aloud	because	you
                                                                                                                                                                            tion	that	you	have	heard                                    	are	more	
                                                                        you prefer?
                                               Which type of class do                                                                      You	probably	find	that	you
                                                                                                                                                                           	talk	to	yourself	when	bore
                                                                                                                                                                                                         	rather	than	what	you	ha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ve	read.	
                                                                       	about	things
                                               	 	 A Where	you	talk                                                                        you	are	not	paying	attenti
                                                                                                                                                                         on	because	you	aren’t	loo
                                                                                                                                                                                                           d.	Teachers	may	often	th
                                                                           t	or	draw	things
                                               	 	 V Where	you	look	a                                our	hands                             able	to	hear	and	understan                                   king	at	them,	but	you	ar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      e	still	
                                                                        to	move	around	and	use	y                                                                           d	them.	You	prefer	spoken
                                               	 	 K Where	you	get	                                                                       university,	you	would	en
                                                                                                                                                                      joy	lectures	and	aural	class
                                                                                                                                                                                                           	instructions	to	written	on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           es.	At	
                                                                                                                                          talking	in	different	langua                                 es	(where	you	get	to	listen
                                                                                                    do?                                                                                                                                	to	people	
                                                                          are you most likely to                                                                        ges	and	repeat	it	aloud).
                                                If you are bored, what                                                                    You	should	consider	deg
                                                                                                                                                                       rees	in	Music,	Languages,
                                                	 	 K ‘Fiddle’	with	thing                                                                                                                            	Education,	and	Social	W
                                                 	 	 V Do   odle                                                                          Mostly K
                                                 	 	 A Hum,	sing	or	w                                                                    You	are	a	kinesthetic	(o
                                                                                                                                                                      r	tactile)	learner,	so	you	pr
                                                                                                               fer to learn it?          learning	and	remember	th                                     efer	a	hands-on	approach	
                                                                                         new, how would you pre                                                         ings	better	through	physi                                      to	
                                                  If you needed to learn something                    to	do	it                           drawing	or	building	objec                                    cal	movement,	like	touchi
                                                                          dy	else	showing	you	how	                                                                     ts.	You	have	difficulty	stan
                                                  	 	 V Watch	somebo                                                                    lot	and	need	frequent	brea                                     ding	still	and	like	to	move
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      	around	a	
                                                                            ure	it	out	for	yourself                                                                      ks.	You	use	your	hands	to	
                                                   	 	 K Just	do	it	and	fig                                                             like	to	touch	others,	wheth                                     help	you	communicate,	an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          d	you	
                                                                          to	tell	you	how	to	do	it                                                                       er	it’s	giving	somebody	a
                                                   	 	 A Get	somebody	                                                                  to	take	things	apart	and	p
                                                                                                                                                                       ut	them	back	together	ag
                                                                                                                                                                                                      	hug	or	a	pat	on	the	back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      	You	like	
                                                                                                                                        co-ordination	and	are	goo                                     ain.	You	probably	have	gr
                                                                       to do in     your spare time?                                                                   d	at	sports.	At	university,                                   eat	
                                                 What would you prefer                                                                 classes,	like	working	in	a	
                                                                                                                                                                     studio	creating	models,	o
                                                                                                                                                                                                    	you	would	thrive	in	pract
                                                 	 	 A Listen	to	music                                                                 laboratory.	                                               r	conducting	experiments	i
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    n	a	
                                                 	 	 V Watch	a	film                                                                   You	should	consider	deg
                                                                                                                                                                    rees	in	Drama,	Science,	Ar
                                                 	 	 K Play	sport                                                                                                                                  chitecture	and	Engineering
                                                                                                    uld you do?                       Mostly V
                                                                          for directions, what wo
                                                  If somebody asked you                                                               You	are	a	visual	learner	a
                                                                                                                                                                     nd	you	find	it	easy	to	rem
                                                  	 	 K Go	with	them                                                                 and	often	close	your	eyes
                                                                                                                                                                    	to	do	so.	You	are	usually	
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ember	things	that	you	ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  n	picture	
                                                                           get	there
                                                   	 	 A Tell	them	how	to	                                                           you	find	something	to	w
                                                                                                                                                                   atch.	You	tend	to	talk	ve
                                                                                                                                                                                                  neat	and	tidy	and	if	you	ar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   e	bored,	
                                                   	 	 V Draw	them	a	m                                                               spoken	instructions,	but	
                                                                                                                                                                  find	it	easier	if	you	are	p
                                                                                                                                                                                                ry	quickly.	You	have	diffic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ulty	with	
                                                                                                               st likely to do?     You	like	colour	and	enjoy                                  rovided	with	a	map	or	a
                                                                                      ebody, what are you mo                                                       	readings	stories	that	have	                              	diagram.	
                                                    When you are introduced to som                                                  would	enjoy	tutorials	whe                                      lots	of	imagery.	At	univers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ity,	you	
                                                                                                                                                                    re	you	can	discuss	issues	in
                                                    	 	 K Shake	their	hand                                                          read	up	on	your	subjects                                        	detail,	libraries	where	you
                                                                            ace	but	forget	their	name                                                            ,	and	studios	where	you                                            	can	
                                                    	 	 V Remember	their	f                                                          You	should	consider	deg                                   	can	draw.	
                                                                             ame	but	forget	their	face                                                           rees	in	Art,	Architecture,
                                                    	 	 A Remember	their	n                                                          Humanities	subjects.                                      	Maths,	Physics	and	Arts

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                                              Where will i be living?                                        out moving out of
                                                                                  rsity experience is all ab                                       There is also a launderette on site
                                              Many     would argue the unive                           ng skills to help develop
                                                                                                                                   this                                                   along with a shop, coffee shop, bar
                                                                          the first time and learni                                                restaurant. There are lots of friendly
                                              your parents’ home for                                        dents - 60 per cent of                                                           staff in Elms Village who organise
                                                                                 osen option of most stu                      y from Belfast
                                                                                                                                                   like barbeques and DVD nights to                                              events
                                              indep    endence. This is the ch                    many who are originall
                                                                                                                                                                                          help you get to know your neighbo
                                              Queen’s students live     away from home and
                                                                                                           ty experience.
                                                                                sample the real universi                                          Alternatively, you can live in private
                                               still choose to move out to                                                                        usually sharing with a smaller gro
                                                                                                                                                                                            rented accommodation, where you
                                                                                                                                ommodation                                              up of people. Most students at Que
                                                                                                      their students. This acc                                                                                                en’s
                                                                            e accommodation for                                    with first     live in Elms Village for their first yea
                                               Most universities provid                                halls and is very popular                                                           r and then move into private rented
                                                                           of residence or student                               ends from all
                                                                                                                                                  accommodation with the friends
                                                is known as halls, halls                             rtunity to make new fri
                                                                                                                                                                                        they have made at Elms Village.
                                                                          it gives them the oppo                                   time too.
                                                year students because                                   from home for the first
                                                                             most likely living away                                             Moving away from home doesn’t
                                                 over the world who are                                                                          ensure the transition is smooth and
                                                                                                                                                                                         need to be scary and Queen’s staf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           f will help to
                                                                                                                               ntly cater                                                  enjoyable. Accommodation Services
                                                                                                     Village and they curre                                                                                                      are also
                                                 At Queen’s, our stude   nt halls are called elms                                    of          able to recommend and facilitate
                                                                                                            modation. Each block                                                        alternative housing in nearby area
                                                                                 apartment-style accom                                           campus life.                                                               s close to
                                                 for  up to 1,800 students in                          living on ea  ch floor. Most rooms
                                                                          floors, with 11 students
                                                 apartments has three                  aning each student has their ow
                                                                                                                           n bedroom
                                                                                                                                                 Want to see more of elms or Queen’s
                                                  at Elm s Village are en suite, me                    and living   area with the other 10                                           Houses?              Want more info on private
                                                                             y share a large kitchen                                             Visit:
                                                  and bathroom and the                                                                                                                                    accommodation around Belfast?
                                                  students on their floor.                                                                                                                                Visit:

                                                                             ndard rooms, where                                                  For all Queen’s accommodation inqu
                                                  We also have some sta                                                                          contact the Student Accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                                   iries,                if you need accommodation
                                                                             n bedroom and
                                                   a student has their ow                                                                        t: 028 9097 4525
                                                                                                                                                                                    Services             related advice, contact the SU
                                                   shares a bathroom wi     th up to three                                                                                                               Advice Centre
                                                                             ms in Elms                                                          e:
                                                   other students. All roo                                                                                                                               t: 028 9097 3106
                                                   Village have constan   t Internet                                                                                                                     e:
                                                                             is located
                                                    access and the Village
                                                                                                                                                                               This is the Elms
                                                    on the Malone Road     , a mere
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Student Centre.
                                                    10-minute walk from                                                                                                        It’s kinda like a
                                                    the main Lanyon                                                                                                                              youth club for
                                                    Building at
                                                                                                                                                                                        older people!

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                                                                                                                                                                              want to hang out with
                                                                                                                    the best place to              Where do i go if i just                          nities to meet new pe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ople and try
                                             Where do i study?                                   n (and probably                                                           is a wealth of opportu
                                                                 new stud     ent digs, the mai                      this is the main              At university, there                             Union (SU) is just one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of the ways
                                             Apart from your                                     any libraries but                                                        ading to the Students’
                                                                 lay Librar   y. Queen’s has m                                                     new things and he
                                             study) is The McC                       ber 2009.                                                     you can unwind after
                                                                                                                                                                               a hectic week.
                                             library which   opened in Septem                                                           has                                                                                     hang out
                                                                                                                   al library, but also                                                              king it a great place to
                                                                                        e features of a tradition                     d self-      The SU is run by stu     dents for students, ma                               ams or
                                                                  Library has all th                              r workstations an                                                                     celebrate the end of ex
                                              The new McClay                             st am ount of compute                                     whatever the occas       ion, be it a night out to
                                                                  nology, with a va                                                                                              ol and a catch up.
                                              all the latest tech                                                                                   simply for a game of po
                                              service book loan                                                                                                                                                                 ge of other
                                                                                                        n volumes in the                                                                           , Queen’s SU offers a ran
                                                                                   ct over one millio                                               Aside from its ma     ssive choice of eateries                              ok store,
                                                             managed to colle                           assist you                                                                                    ce bar, second hand bo
                                               Queen’s has                         l library staff will                                              services, including   a shop, coffee shop, jui                             eakeasy.
                                                            ars and the helpfu                            t you’re                                                                                   the Bunatee and the Sp
                                               past 150 ye                           mber to find wha                                                chemist and bank      as well as two venues,                                   is one of
                                                              rough this vast nu                                                                                                                        the Mandela Hall, which
                                               in wading th                                                                                          Best of all, the Stu  dents’ Union is home to                           s played host to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  st. Over the years, it ha
                                               looking for.                                                                                           the best entertai  nment venues in Belfa                                    ad, Editors,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing the likes of Radiohe
                                                                                           e of our                                                   some of the bigge     st names in music includ
                                                                      y is also the hom                                                                                          Clyro and many more.
                                                The McClay Librar                         develop and                                                 Franz Ferdinand, Biffy
                                                                     , where you can
                                                Language Centre                               doing so you                                                                                                                  wn to the SU
                                                                       uage skills, and by                                                                                                        good tickling, head do
                                                improve your lang                           ands out                                                   If your funny bo   ne is in dire need of a                                with the
                                                                      ur CV one that st                                   This is the new McClay                                                       stretch your brain cells
                                                 will help make yo                  ge Centre                                                          for the weekly Qu     een’s Comedy Club, or                            place once a
                                                              owd. The Langua                                                                                                                        d Societies Quiz takes
                                                 from the cr                                                               Library. It opened in        Wednesday pub      quiz. A bigger Clubs an                                iety. Speaking
                                                                       en’s students and                                                                                                                ney for their club or soc
                                                 is open to all Que              20 different                                                           month, where ea     ch team aims to win mo                          clubs and societies,
                                                  allows you to lear
                                                                       n up to                                              September ‘09 and                                                      non-sporting student
                                                                                    stage right                                                         of societies, the SU is home to over 90                                  you’ll find the
                                                               from beginner’s                                                                                                                           s or an Animé fanatic,
                                                  languages,                                                               houses a whopping            so whether you’r    e a budding Chris Moyle
                                                  up to degree leve                                                                                      right club for you.
                                                                                                                     1.2 million books
                                                                    quiet spaces for                                                                                                money while at Quee
                                                  There are lots of                                                                                        How can i earn some                                      time job to help fund
                                                                     jewel in the                                                                                                            o help you find a part-
                                                  studying and the                                                                                           The Stude    nts’ Union can als                            employed in the
                                                                      lay Library is                                                                                                              are over 300 students
                                                  crown of The McC                                                                                           your busy     social calendar. There                         Jobshop,
                                                  the CS Lewis Read
                                                                      ing Room,                                                                                                                  een’s also has a Student
                                                                                                                                                              Students   ’ Union every year. Qu                  dent
                                                   complete with re
                                                                     plica                                                                                                              jobs suitable for the stu
                                                                                                                                                              which advertises local
                                                   wardrobe   doors leading
                                                                      ed                                                                                       lifestyle.
                                                   to a Narnia-them

                                                                                                                                                                                  Many rockstars
                                                                                                                                                                                 have graced our
                                                                                                                                                                                   Mandela Hall
                                                                     ewis to relax
                                                                  S L lace
                                                            the C
                                                  T his is a great p ook!
                                                         . It’s       od b
                                                  Room with a go

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                                             What are the sports facilities like                              7, Queen’s
                                             Following the completion       of a £7 million investment in 200
                                                                                     the most advanced   sports and
                                             is now the proud owner of one of
                                             fitness facilities in Ireland.
                                                                                      ) is home to:
                                             The Physical Education Centre (PEC

                                                • 100 acres of playing fields
                                                                                     itioned, 120-piece fitness suite
                                                • A state-of-the-art, fully air-cond
                                                                                      k (with everything from
                                                • Over 90 exercise classes per wee
                                                   karate to hip-hop dancing)
                                                                                         and exercise studios
                                                • 2 free-weights suites and 4 dance
                                                                                          wall scaling two floors
                                                • A central climbing and bouldering
                                                                                      ng pool and sauna
                                                 • A 25-metre swimming pool, divi
                                                                                      2 handball/racquetball
                                                 • 2 sports halls, 10 squash courts,
                                                   courts and table tennis area
                                                 • A Martial Arts dojo
                                                 • Outdoor training area
                                                 • High-performance and lifestyle
                                                  • And, of course, a  café to re-fuel in after a workout

                                                                                    sports clubs, ranging
                                               The PEC also hosts over 50 student
                                                                                  clubs to badminton and
                                               from trampolining and triathlon
                                                                                 13 grass and two synthetic
                                               boating. The playing fields have
                                                                                     er, Gaelic football,
                                               turf pitches catering for rugby, socc
                                               hockey, hurling, camogie and cric
                                                                                   se on the River Lagan
                                               Queen’s Sport also has a boat hou
                                                                                   Rowing Club, and a
                                               at Stranmillis which is used by our
                                                                                   , which gives you a great
                                               cottage in the Mourne Mountains
                                                                                    king, mountaineering
                                               opportunity to take part in hill wal
                                                                                   wide range of sports
                                               and orienteering. We also have a
                                                                                   ly have sporting
                                               scholarships available and current
                                               academies for rugby, Gae   lic games, rowing and soccer.

                                                                                 your live music or want
                                                Whether you’re sports mad, love
                                                                                 over coffee, you will find
                                                to spend hours discussing poetry
                                                                                  joining some of the 150
                                                like-minded people at Queen’s by
                                                clubs and societies.
                                                                                    university is striking that
                                                 The most important thing about
                                                                                       ing your studies and
                                                 essential balance between complet
                                                                                     in the Students’ Union or
                                                 chilling out, be it by playing pool
                                                 swimming laps in the pool at the

                                                                                  If you’re a sports
                                                                                   nut, then you will
                                                                                   wanna pay our
                                                                                  PEC a visit or two!

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                                                                                                                                      So now I know what
                                                                                                                                    Higher Education is... Bu
                                                                                                                                    how does a degree work
                                       Studying for a degree                           esters of 15 weeks each
                                                                                                                  (including                                 ?
                                       The academic year    is divided into two sem                              12 teaching
                                                                                       semester is made up of
                                       Christmas and Easte    r vacations), and each                            e a lot, but
                                                                                      inations. It may seem lik
                                       weeks followed by     three weeks for exam
                                                                                            joy it!
                                                                  fast the time goes so en
                                       you won’t believe how
                                                                                                                   period of
                                                                                         normally taken over a
                                        Most degree courses     consist of 18 modules,                                  ch
                                                                                              take three modules ea
                                                                      dy. Full-time students
                                        three years of full-time stu                        of modu   les is governed by your
                                                                   r year, and your choice
                                        semester, making six pe
                                        particular degree’s req
                                                                 dy?                                                ferent
                                        What courses can i stu                         at Queen’s - over 300 dif
                                        There are so many   subjects to choose from                                d at school
                                                                                      may have already studie
                                                            ns - some of which you
                                        course combinatio                                      The important thing to
                                                                     mpletely new to you.
                                        and some which will be co                                  d aspirations.
                                                                       e that suits your skills an
                                        rem ember is to pick a degre
                                                                                                                  d by Queen’s:
                                                                                        types of courses offere
                                         Here’s a quick break down of the different
                                                                                                                    c profession,
                                                                                         to work within a specifi
                                                Vocational Co  urses - will qualify you
                                                                          stry or Nursing.
                                                such as Medicine, Denti
                                                                                                                     n certain
                                                                                           alify you to work withi
                                                Semi-vocation   al Courses - will part-qu                        sional study
                                                                                      to do additional profes
                                                 professions but you will also have                                  re and
                                                                                         Accountancy, Architectu
                                                 whilst worki ng in that area, such as
                                                                         Risk Management.
                                                 Actuarial Science and
                                                                                                                thin a particular
                                                                                      qualify you to work wi
                                                 Non-vocati  onal Courses - will not                            demonstrate to
                                                                                       gree classification will
                                                  or defined profession but your de                               lectual ability
                                                                                        level of academic/intel
                                                  an employe  r that you have a high                                vironment.
                                                                                          t can be used in any en
                                                  and possess  solid graduate skills tha

                                                                                       nts       on page 48.
                                                                  nce Subject Requireme
                                            Check out the At-a-Gla

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                                                                                                                                                  and study
                                                                                                                Queen’s opportunities for travel
                                                                 idge In
                                                                                                                                                                         other cultures, and what
                                                       n Gate Br
                                                                                                                University is a great opportunity to learn more about
                                              the Golde o, USA.
                                                                                                                                                                                       year in
                                                                                                                                                   nding a semester or an academic
                                      This is          cisc
                                                                                                                better way to do that than by spe
                                              San Fran
                                                                                                                                                                                       meet new
                                                                                                                                                    will become more independent,
                                                                                                                another country? By doing so you                                        to your CV.
                                                                                                                                                    e skills, which can be a real boost
                                                                                                                friends and improve your languag                                          n their
                                                                                                                                                       for students who want to broade
                                                                                                                Queen’s provides a range of options
                                                                                    OMG! ... Imagine driving    cultural horizons:

                                                                                    across this on the way to       Study Abroad                                                            and
                                                                                                                                                        mmes with universities in Canada
                                                                                      university every day!         Queen’s organises exchange progra                                      ural
                                                                                                                                                          of tasting maple syrup in its nat
                                                                                                                    Australia, so if you’ve always dreamt                                   tastic
                                                                                                                                                         should take advantage of this fan
                                                                                                                    habitat or visiting Bondi beach, you

                                                                                                                    Erasmus                                                                s and a
                                                                                                                                                         can spend between three month
                                                                                                                    If you’d rather stay in the EU, you                                         ose
                                                                                                                                                           university (there are over 100 to cho
                                                                                                                    year studying at another European                                         ope you
                                                                                                                                                        a full academic year studying in Eur
                                                                                                                    from) and if you decide to spend
                                                                                                                                                          Queen’s saving you up to £3,000.
                                                                                                                     will receive a tuition fee waiver at

                                                                                                                     Business Education Initiative                                           out
                                                                                                                                                         than Spain then you should check
                                                                                                                     If San Francisco is more your style                                     a year
                                                                                                                                                           ents from any discipline to spend
                                                                                                                     this programme, which allows stud
                                                                                                                                                        s in the USA.
                                                                                                                     studying business-related subject
                                                                                                                                                   ortunities visit:
                                                                                                                  For more information on these opp

                                                                                                                  What else can i do to boost my CV?                                        rricular
                                                                                                                                                        should get credit for their extra-cu
                                                                                                                  Queen’s recognises that students                                              Plus.
                                                                                                                                                          that’s why we have created degree
                                                                                                                  activities as well as their studies, so
                                                                                                                                                          ents, designed to provide official
                                                                                                                   This is a new award for Queen’s stud                                     and
                                                                                                                                                       vities like languages, sports, clubs
                                                                                                                   recognition of extra-curricular acti
                                                                                                                                                        ns you rece  ive acknowledgement for
                                                                                                                   societies, and volunteering. It mea
                                                                                                                   achievements outside   of your degree studies.

                                                                                                                   How does degree Plus work?                                                and then
                                                                                                                                                         and attend a one hour workshop,
                                                                                                                   You need to register for Degree Plus                                 valu able and
                                                                                                                                                    from to enable you to obtain this
                                                                                                                   there are three routes to choose                  you will receive your certificate
                                                                                                                                                      rd is free and
                                                                                                                   CV-boosting recognition. The awa
                                                                                                                   once you graduate.

                                                                                                                    do employers recognise it?                                                     ying and
                                                                                                                                                            en’s you will need to balance stud
                                                                                                                    Absolutely! During your time at Que                                        mixture of
                                                                                                                                                       all university has to offer. It is this
                                                                                                                    socialising to really benefit from                  make you more employable
                                                                                                                                                       vities that will
                                                                                                                    learning and extra-curricular acti                         e fun and still do well at
                                                                                                                    and the Degree Plus    award proves you are able to hav

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                                       When do i choose what to study?                                                t thinking
                                                                             le away, it’s never too early to star                      What else do universi
                                                                                                                                                                 ties look for?                                   although they’re
                                       Although it may seem quite a whi                                      k about what you                                                         revolve around grades,
                                                                           essential that you really thin                                                 iversity does not simply                                   results, but
                                       about higher education and it is                                                                 Applying for un                                  een’s expect solid exam
                                                                           vant GCSE and A-level subjects.                              pretty important!    Top universities like Qu                             or hobbies –
                                       want to do so you can select rele                                                                                                               tra-curricular activities
                                                                                                                                        we also want to    see evidence of your ex
                                                                                                                                                                                                are applying for.
                                                                            ng years at school to find out mo
                                                                                                                    re about                                        ated to the course you
                                       You should also use your remaini                                       not what you              especially if they are rel
                                                                                , in case you discover it is                                                                                                         t, team captain,
                                       the career you think you would like                                                you’d like                                                    as being a school prefec
                                                                              out! Talk to people who do the job                        Seek out position    s of responsibility, such                          time job, your Duke
                                       imagined. Now is the time to find                                      to students who                                                        the value of your part-
                                                                                  within that field, or talk                                             r. Don’t underestimate                                    the look out for
                                       to do, try to secure work experience                                                              or youth leade                                 ties and always be on
                                                                                  rested in.                                                                your volunteering activi                               chosen career
                                        have studied the course you are inte                                                             of Edinburgh or                               ally in the area of your
                                                                                                                                         work experienc    e opportunities – especi                              ve, but will also
                                                                                 ty you’ll need good GCSE grades
                                                                                                                        followed by                                                 plication more impressi
                                                                                                                                                         not only make your ap
                                        Remember that to get into universi                                                               path. This will                                      ht degree.
                                                                                                                                                                    u are choosing the rig
                                        good grades at A-level (or equival
                                                                              ent).                                                      confirm to you that yo
                                                                                                                              d mix                                                           titude test?
                                                                                      g your GCSEs it’s wise to get a goo                                          Will i have to do an ap                                   urses at
                                           If you are in Year 10 - when choosin                                                                                                                  dicine and Dentistry co
                                                                                 you more choice later whe      n you have to                                       At the moment only Me                                 If you
                                           of subjects because this will give                                                                                                                   ditional aptitude test.
                                                                                   . Try to pick subjects that will give
                                                                                                                           you a                                     Queen’s require an ad                                  uired to
                                           decide on future courses and jobs                                can choose what you                                                                  se then you will be req
                                                                                     base from which you                                                              apply for either of the                             KCAT),
                                            good general education – a broad                                               uage in                                     undertake the UK Clinic
                                                                                                                                                                                                    al Aptitude Test (U
                                            want to study later on. Include    a science subject and a foreign lang                                                                                t will be used as an
                                                                                     s such as English and  Maths. You should                                            the score from this tes                                n
                                            addition to the compulsory subject                                                                                                                       differentiation betwee
                                                                                   r particular interests or abilities. If
                                                                                                                           you are                                        additional element of
                                            also choose subjects that suit you                                 hers, they will be                                          students.
                                                                                       e a chat with your teac
                                            unsure what these subjects are, hav
                                            happy to help.                                                                                                                 In a nutshell…                                      d
                                                                                                                                                                                                     siastic, highly motivate
                                                                                      r careers adviser about the possibi
                                                                                                                             lity of                                       Queen’s looks for enthu                      for their
                                             If you are in Year 12 - speak to you                             you want to study                                            and bright students wh
                                                                                                                                                                                                    o have a passion
                                                                                         already know what                                                                                          this describes you then
                                             going to university or college. If you                                    appropriate                                         subject. So if you think
                                             at university, check prospectus  es to see which subjects are most                                                                                     and search through ou
                                                                                      yet what you want to    do for a career,                                             don’t waste a moment                       ich will
                                              for you to take. If you don’t know                                       best in and                                         prospectus for your pe
                                                                                                                                                                                                   rfect degree wh
                                              research degree pathways sim     ilar to the school subjects you do                                                                                  am career!
                                                                                         e courses will have one or more subject                                           lead you into your dre
                                              enjoy the most. Remember that som                                           as Biology,
                                              requirements, eg some Biology       courses require Chemistry as well
                                                                                    Maths and a Science sub    ject. So ensure you
                                              and Engineering courses require
                                               know the course requirements       before you pick your A-levels.

                                          When and how will i apply?                                              and
                                                                              autumn of your final school year
                                          You will usually apply during the                                issions Service
                                                                               versities and Colleges Adm
                                          everyone applies through the Uni                                         form and
                                          (UCAS). This process is pretty sim ple as there is only one application
                                                                               choices of course/institution in the UK.
                                          this is used to apply for up to five
                                                                             applying to:
                                           you will not use UCAS if you are                                         the
                                                                               this case you will apply directly to
                                              Study Nursing and Midwifery; in
                                               School of Nursing and Midwifery:
                                                                                    apply directly to the College’s Adm
                                               St Mary’s Teaching College; you will
                                                                                                                   in addition
                                                                              hs that can lead you to university;
                                            Remember there are different pat                             vocational routes
                                                                              of A-levels there are also
                                            to the traditional academic route
                                            including GNVQs, BTECs, NVQs,   AVCEs and diplomas.

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                                           How much does it cost to go to univ                                                    Queen’s University Scholarships
                                          Many students can be put off app                                                        Along with providing generous bur
                                                                              lying for university because they                                                        saries and financial aid, Queen’s is
                                          the financial aspect terrifying, but                                   find            offer entrance scholarships to tho                                         proud to
                                                                               this shouldn’t be the case once you                                                  se students applying with outstan
                                          have researched the support options                                                    results. If you’re a student from Nor                                  ding exam
                                                                                  available to help fund your studies.                                                thern Ireland, Great Britain, the Rep
                                          Furthermore, Queen’s is committed                                                      Ireland or any EU member state Que                                          ublic of
                                                                                 to attracting the very best student                                                    en’s offer a range of undergraduat
                                          regardless of their financial circum                                      s,                                                                                       e awards:
                                                                                                                                 Queen’s Centenary Gold Medal Ent
                                          Your main costs will be tuition fees                                                                                       rance Scholarships - £7,500
                                                                               , living expenses and accommoda                   As part of Queen’s Centenary cele
                                                                                                                tion -                                              brations, three scholarships each
                                          tuition fees are similar in most univ                                                  (£2,500 per year over three years)                                   worth £7,500
                                                                               ersities, but the cost of accommoda                                                  are available to students with the
                                          and living expenses can significantly                                    tion          A-level results entering each of Que                                  highest
                                                                                  differ depending on where you cho                                                   en’s three Faculties.
                                          study.                                                                     ose to
                                                                                                                                One scholarship worth £7,500 (£2,
                                                                                                                                                                    500 per year over three years) will
                                         tuition Fees                                                                           to the student entering Queen’s                                         be awarded
                                                                                                                                                                  with the best Irish Leaving Certific
                                         These can be paid in a variety of                                                                                                                            ate results.
                                                                           ways, they can become part of a
                                         available from the Student Loans                                  loan,                A-level Entrance Scholarships - £1,0
                                                                           Company (, which                                                            00
                                         to be paid back when you are earn                                   only needs         One scholarship will be awarded
                                                                            ing more than £15,000 a year, or                                                       to each academic School (excludi
                                         family can pay fees upfront.                                         you or your       of Education). The recipient will be                                 ng the School
                                                                                                                                                                     the student with the highest A-le
                                                                                                                                                                                                        vel scores.
                                         Full-time undergraduate Queen’s                                                       Science, Technology, Engineering
                                                                             students need to pay around £3,0                                                      and Mathematics Awards - £1,000
                                         but a generous system of means-t                                        00 a year,    Students who attain a minimum
                                                                             ested support for UK-resident stud                                                   of three ‘A’ grades at A-level (or equ
                                         available and the Queen’s bursary                                        ents is      and enrol in a Science, Technology,                                        ivalent)
                                                                              scheme provides extra help.                                                            Engineering or Mathematics subject
                                                                                                                               automatically qualify for a one-off                                          , will
                                         Living Costs                                                                                                                £1,000 scholarship in their first yea
                                                                                                                                                                                                          r of study.
                                        If you decide to go to Queen’s the                                                    Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships - £1,0
                                                                             n you will be happy to discover tha                                                     00
                                        has one of the lowest cost of livin                                       t Belfast   This new scheme aims to offer cruc
                                                                            g rates in the UK and Ireland. Ren                                                      ial financial
                                        in Belfast are significantly lower tha                                  t costs       support to UK students from und
                                                                               n most other cities, so when you                                                  erprivileged
                                        considering where to study it is imp                                      are         backgrounds. Thirty scholarships
                                                                               ortant to note which cities are exp                                               of £1,000
                                        because they will demand a much                                            ensive     will be offered to new first year stud
                                                                             bigger budget, leaving you with                                                          ents
                                        pennies to have fun with!                                               fewer         who undertake a STEM subject deg
                                        Support is out there
                                       It may seem difficult to get your                                                       Travel Scholarships for students from
                                                                         head around at first, but once you
                                       out how you are paying for your                                         figure          outside Northern Ireland - £600
                                                                         time at university, then all that’s left
                                       is master the art of budgeting. Be                                         to do        Students who achieve three ‘A’
                                                                          ruthless and stick to a weekly bud
                                       avoiding eating in restaurants eve                                      get –           grades at A-level (or equivalent)
                                                                          ry night – it will soon add up!
                                                                                                                               will receive £600 (£200 per year
                                       Many students are entitled to a gra                                                     over three years). Students
                                                                            nt, which is a non-repayable form
                                       financial assistance from the gov                                         of           from Great Britain and Europe
                                                                         ernment based on your family inco
                                       parents are unemployed then you                                         me. If your    (including the Republic of
                                                                           will be entitled to a full grant, whi
                                       use to pay for accommodation and                                         ch you can    Ireland) are eligible.
                                                                            living costs. You may be entitled
                                       grant if your family income is belo                                     to a partial
                                                                          w a specific threshold. If you are
                                                                                                                                                the crowd
                                       about what you are entitled to, hav
                                                                            e a browse through your local Edu
                                                                                                                                       t from
                                                                                                                              Stand ou
                                       and Library Board’s website.                                              cation

                                      A Disabled Students’ Allowance is
                                                                           also available to meet additional
                                      related costs arising from disabilit                                   course-
                                      For more details visit: www.qub.a

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                                                                                    if you ne
                                                                           anything           ed h
                                                                                    University elp with

                                                                                                          Ask Queen’s
                                                                                                                                         i choose for A-levels (or                 up as much information
                                                                                                          What subjects should                           earch, research! Soak
                                                                                                          Three words       of advice: research, res                                   interested in and the
                                                                                                                                                         tial careers you may be
                                                                                                          as you possi     bly can about the poten                                   subject requirements
                                                                                                                                                        es require. A full list of
                                                                                                          subjects tha     t their associated degre                    this guide.
                                                                                                                                          available at the back of
                                                                                                          for Queen’s courses is
                                                                                                                                                                                          your chosen degree
                                                                                                                                                             nt to do after school, or
                                                                                                           If you are un     sure about what you wa                                       jects that you are
                                                                                                                                                            bably best to choose sub
                                                                                                           has no subjec      t requirements, it is pro                                 Talk to as many
                                                                                                                                                             well in these subjects.
                                                                                                            interested in     as it is likely you will do                              ty of perspectives,
                                                                                                                                                           n degree to get a varie
                                                                                                            people as yo     u can about your chose                                        choice is ultimately
                                                                                                                                                              cher, but remember the
                                                                                                             from your pa     rents to your careers tea
                                                                                                                                                        cts for A-levels (or equiv
                                                                                                              What if i ch   oose the wrong subje                                    e the subjects as much
                                                                                                                                                       levels that you didn’t lik
                                                                                                              If you find   after studying your A-                                       ent degree, then
                                                                                                                                                             want to choose a differ
                                                                                                              as you thoug     ht you would and now
                                                                                                               don’t panic!
                                                                                                                                                                                        when it comes to
                                                                                                                                                           t specific requirements
                                                                                                               Many subjec     t areas have no subjec                              out your A-level subjec
                                                                                                                                                        ve to fret too much ab
                                                                                                               A-level sta  ndard so you don’t ha                        Law, Accounting,     Psychology,
                                                                                                                                             sted in courses such as                ur grades, rather than
                                                                                                               choices if you’re intere                   . In these cases, it is yo
                                                                                                                Politics, So ciology and Drama, etc
                                                                                                                                               r most.
                                                                                                                your subjects that matte
                                                                                                                                                                                           change my course?
                                                                                                                                                               rsity and then want to
                                                                                                                What if i en   rol for a degree at unive                                  and what subject
                                                                                                                                                             subject you enrolled on
                                                                                                                Unfortunate      ly it depends on what                               first year students the
                                                                                                                                                         urses at Queen’s offer
                                                                                                                 you want    to change to. Many co                                        t areas, to allow you
                                                                                                                                                             modules in other subjec
                                                                                                                 opportunit    y to take on additional                                    being more suitable.
                                                                                                                                                             ent which could end up
                                                                                                                 the chance     to try something differ
                                                                                                                                                                                           module than your
                                                                                                                                                               sted in your additional
                                                                                                                  If you find  that you are more intere                                  of Studies, who will be
                                                                                                                                                              chat with your Adviser
                                                                                                                  chosen sub    ject, you should have a                               ange to another cours
                                                                                                                                                            you. Your ability to ch
                                                                                                                   able to dis cuss your options with                      d grade requirem      ents for the
                                                                                                                                               tors, such as subject an                    left in the class for
                                                                                                                   depends on several fac                     ether there is any room
                                                                                                                   course yo  u want to change to, wh                                      d out on by the time
                                                                                                                                                                ss time you have misse
                                                                                                                   another stu    dent, and how much cla
                                                                                                                   you change your mind

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                                                                                       d find it hard to unwind
                                                           t about my studies an                   is stressing you out          What if i struggle with
                                                                                                                                                             money?                                     there is no need
                          Wha   t if i start stressing ou                          exactly what                                                                                dents, but at Queen’s
                                                     uld do is narrow down                                 starting to pile      This is a common     challenge for most stu                              happy to help
                          The first thing you sho                            l Tutor. If you feel work                                                                         nt Guidance Centre are
                                                        k to your Persona                                     work done                           endly folks at the Stude                                 options that
                          and then you should tal                                  kle down and get the                          to panic. The fri                              If it’s advice on support
                                                     trap of ignoring it, knuc                                                   with any financia    l issues you encounter.                            also call into the
                          up, don’t fall into the                                                                                                                    You can
                          so you can reward yours
                                                         elf afterwards.                                                                          eck out www.studentfi
                                                                                                                                 you’re after, ch                                       ated Financial Adviser.
                                                                                                                                                             for a chat with a dedic
                                                                                    een’s after                                   second floor of the SU
                                                     for you to unwind at Qu                                                                                                                                d with such
                           There are many ways                              m Theatre (QFT)                                                                                       ke some extra funds, an
                                                         . The Queen’s Fil                                                                          is also a great way to ma                             u will find
                           a busy week of studying                                   nt and classic                               A part-time job                               and shops in Belfast, yo
                                    a cosy atmosphe    re and the best in curre                                                    a massive selection of bars, restaurants                             at Queen’s can
                           offers                                                     ur preferred                                                                            . The Student Jobshop
                                                        place to be if sport is yo                                                 no shortage of  flexible working hours                                ancial worries
                           cinema. The PEC is the                              for a coffee, to                                                                               pus jobs to ease your fin
                                                       Or head to the SU                                                                           about on and off cam
                           method of relaxation.                                           s in The                                provide details
                                                                                                                                                               t all-important CV.
                                                               ill with your classmate                                             and of course boost tha
                            play  some pool, or simply ch
                                                                                                                                                                                                            d, for the first
                            Space.                                                                                                                                                me you really understan
                                                                                                                                    Once you move     out of your parental ho                             your finances, so
                                                                                       ?                                                                                        g it can be to manage
                                                         i be able to get support                                                                     es, just how challengin                              at home about
                            i have a disability. Will                          cations from                                         time in most cas                               keeper of the budget
                                                          encourages appli                                                                           rthwhile speaking to the
                            Queen’s welcomes and                                                over                                it would be wo                                         further.
                                                                   s and we currently have                                                                      ds stretch that little bit
                             stude  nts from all background                                   study here.                           how to make those fun
                                                                ies who have chosen to
                             1,200   students with disabilit
                                                                                             nt that encourages
                                                              ive university environme
                                   aim to create an inclus                                                     ies, and we
                                                                                     students with disabilit                                                                          of
                                                                                                                                                                           ive choice
                                                       rning opportunities for
                                                                                                                                                                 ’s a mass at Queen’s
                              participation and lea                                                             dents with a
                                                                                   ble environment for stu
                                                        provide the best possi                                                                             There
                              make every effort to
                                                                                                                                                          clubs and meet like-minded
                                                                                                                                                                     ou to
                                                                                                                                                          to allow y
                                                                                                                  t their
                                                                                    ch student to ensure tha
                              Disability Services sta   ff work closely with ea                                  rt you need
                                                                                    lp to arrange the suppo
                               particular needs are    addressed. They will he                  mmunity.
                                                                    d the wider Queen’s co
                               withi  n your chosen course an
                                                                                                                 based on your
                                                                                      ge a support package
                                                          ll be available to arran                                particular
                               A Disability Officer wi                                  requirements of your
                               unique needs and de       signed according to the
                                Yo u can find out more by
                                                          ends?                                          new classmates,
                               What if i don’t make fri                        y to get to know your
                               Your first day of class is a great opportunit                                person
                                                                                  a conversation with the
                               so be brave and bre   ak the ice by striking up                            pear instantly
                                                                                day nerves, so you’ll ap
                               beside you. Rememb     er, everyone gets first
                                                         the first move.
                               confident if you make
                                                                                       ies at Queen’s, and the
                                                             oice of clubs and societ
                                Th ere is also a massive ch                          , wheth  er you’re into sport,
                                                          like-minded individuals
                                will allow you to meet
                                computer games or pa
                                                                                        also a great way to ma
                                                              like the Elms Village is
                                Stu  dent accommodation                             your schoo  lmates. University is
                                                           n simply sticking with                     tter way to do
                                 new friends rather tha                    t yourself, and what be
                                 all about getting to  know more abou
                                                            know some new peop
                                 that than by getting to

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