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Uni Words

Word Meaning
Bachelor Degree The first degree you study at university is called a bachelor degree e.g., Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor degree courses take three to five years to complete.
 

Chancellor

The ceremonial head of a university – a person of high status who is chosen because of the values they bring to the university.
 

 

 

Courses

A course is a block of subjects or units that make up the degree. A 3 year bachelor degree course could involve 24 units:

·          12 Level 1 units @ 6 subjects per semester

·          8 Level 2 units @ 4 subjects per semester

·          4 Level 3 units @ 2 subjects per semester

You can mix this up a bit once you have started your degree. Do this with the support of a lecturer or tutor.

Dean The head of an academic faculty. E.g. Dean of Education
Degree A degree is the standard university qualification and is recognised worldwide.
 

Faculty

The academic staff who work in a division or school at a university, or even the school itself, like the Education Faculty or the Engineering Faculty.
Fresher A new undergraduate. A first year student.
 

 

Lecture

This is where an expert in the subject delivers information in a one hour presentation to a large audience. You could find yourself in a lecture with 400 students.

Lectures ARE NOT compulsory. You could do research yourself and find out the critical information that the lecturer will give. You ARE expected to do reading associated with the lecture.

 

Levels

Level 1 = your first year

Level 2 = your second year Level 3 = your third year

Major A major is a series of units in a field that you carry through your degree. You can major in history, for example, which means you do history units through each year of your degree.
 

 

Orientation Week

Orientation Week is conducted the week before university lectures start. This is where you find out about the library, meet your lecturers, and sometimes sort out your timetable for lectures and tutorials. You also learn about additional support that can help you to succeed like study groups. There are lots of social events and you will meet students who will be in your group for the next few years and who maybe colleagues throughout your career.
 

Tutorials/ Tutes and Workshops

These ARE compulsory. This is where you work in a small group of about 20 with a tutor who is an expert in the field. Tutorials help you to gain in depth knowledge about the subject that was delivered in the lecture.
Undergraduate A person who has not yet completed their bachelor degree.
Vice Chancellor The manager of the university – the academic and administrative head.

The Open University has a comprehensive list of uni words that goes into more detail.

Go to the What I Wish I’d Known page on the First in Family to Go to Uni site and the Tips for Starting 1st Year Uni Youth Central site for more in depth information.

Author: Bev Johnson

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