Year 10 is when you dive deep to get exposed to university life.
Check out the food stalls. Try new gadgets. Explore the campus. Go to some talks. See what you like.
Step 1: Before you go
Before you go to the Open Day spend 30 minutes checking out the uni website to see all of the different courses. Pick 2 different subject areas like science and education, to focus on.
Each area will have a number of courses to choose from, like in education you can study primary school and high school and within each of those there are lots of options. Choose which ones you want to fine out about.
Step 2: Get a Plan
There will be an open day program. Check it out to see what course information sessions you can go to.
Locate the buildings on the university website and plan to go to two talks or displays.
Step 3: Explore
- Go to the Open Day. Take a tour of the libraries, student clubs, labs and workshops and even the accommodation. Do you like it there?
- Talk to some current students about what they like and what they plan to do when they finish.
- Check the displays, talks and course information presentations.
- Find lecturers to talk to and ask them what the best thing about their course is.
IF NECESSARY CHANGE SUBJECT SELECTIONS WHEN BACK AT SCHOOL
|Campus||The sites where the university is located.|
|Faculty||The academic staff who work in a division or school at a university, or even the school itself, like the Education Faculty.|
|Degree||A degree is the standard university qualification and is recognised worldwide. Most degrees take three to four years to complete.|
|Bachelor Degree||The first degree you study at university is called an undergraduate degree, e.g. Bachelor of Arts.|
|Undergraduate||A person who has not yet completed their first degree.|
|Level||Level 1 = your first yearLevel 2 = your second yearLevel 3 = your third year|
|Courses||Courses are the blocks of subjects or units that make up the qualification. A 3 year Bachelor degree course has 24 units:12 Level 1 units @ 6 subjects/semester8 Level 2 units @ 4 subjects/semester4 Level 3 units @ 2 per semester|
You can mix this up but you can’t do more than 12 first year units and you need to do at least 4 third year units.
|Major||A major is you chosen area to study. You will do a sequence of units in that field right through your degree|
If you choose to major in systems engineering your units will focus on designing, planning and modelling networks, on maths, engineering law and other units that will lead to you knowing how to design robust, reliable systems.
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