Glossary

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ALUMNI

A graduate of a university

APPRENTICESHIP

Employer led: a paid job including on & off job training and a nationally recognised qualification

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships Level 2, equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced Apprenticeships Level 3, equivalent to 2 A-Level passes
  • Higher Apprenticeships Level 4/5 qualification
  • Degree Apprenticeships Levels 6/7 qualification

ASSESSMENT

The process of measuring your knowledge against the defined learning outcomes for your course or module

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BURSARY

An £ award made by a university to an individual normally based on factors such as their grades or their home postcode. It does not have to be paid back – free money

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CAMPUS

Is a term for a university situated on one site, with student accommodation, teaching and research facilities, and leisure activities all together

University of Sheffield Campus Map

CONDITIONAL OFFER An offer of a place at university, which is dependent on certain condition and academic qualifications
COURSE A complete study route which is made up of a combination of modules which leads to a recognised award

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DEGREE A type of university qualification that usually requires three years to complete

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FACULTY A faculty is a department within a university which teaches several related subjects

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GRANT A form of financial aid from a non-profit organization (such as the government) that you do not have to repay – free money
GRADUATE A person who has successfully completed a course of study and has been awarded an undergraduate degree

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HIGHER EDUCATION

Education delivered at universities or colleges to degree level

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LECTURE A talk by a university lecturer to a large group of students
LECTURER A person who gives a talk in a lecture at a university

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MASTERS A master's degree is a qualification gained at postgraduate level to people who have successfully completed study demonstrating a high level of expertise in a specific subject.
MODULE A unit of assessed learning with aims and learning outcomes. You can customise your degree with your choice of modules. Each module is worth a certain number of credits

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OPEN DAY

A day when anyone can visit the University. Visitors can take a tour of the campus, the Students' Union, student accommodation and listen to subject specific talks. There are talks about studying abroad, tuition fees, how to get loans, bursaries and grants. Staff and students will be there to answer your questions. Most important of all, you get to find out how it feels - the atmosphere, the people and the campus.

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OUTREACH & WIDENING PARTICIPATION (WP)

The University of Sheffield strives to widen participation of young people who are ‘most able, but least likely’ to access university,

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PHD (Doctor of Philosophy) A PhD is a postgraduate academic degree qualification awarded by universities to a person who has written a thesis or a dissertation, based on research in their chosen subject area.
PLACEMENT A period of unpaid work experience with a company or organisation that is related to your course, usually undertaken during your undergraduate course
POSTGRADUATE Higher Education study for students who have already completed an undergraduate course. Postgraduate study leads to a qualification such as a Master’s degree
Post Graduate Taught (PGT) Post Graduate Research (PGR)
PROPSECTUS A printed booklet advertising a university to potential parents and pupils giving details of courses and facilities

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QUALIFICATION A pass of an exam or completion of a course, An official record showing you have finished a course. For example GCSE, A LEVEL, BTEC

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REGISTRATION The process of becoming an official student of a university, also known as enrolment

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SEMINAR A class at university in which a topic is discussed by a tutor and a small group of students
STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation designed for university students. Most universities will try and house their first year students in their own accommodation, sometimes known as halls of residence

Student Accomodation

STUDENT FINANCE ENGLAND

Is where you borrow money to help pay for university tuition fees and to help with living costs (maintenance loans). You complete an online application form.

Student Finance England

STUDENT FUNDING CALCULATOR

Use this tool to work out finances and any bursaries your child may receive

Student Funding Calculator

STUDENT LOANS

Low interest loans from the government to help university students pay their living and study costs

Fees and finance

STUDENTS UNION

Is run by university students and puts together social events, sporting activities, and societies for a wide range of different hobbies and interests

Students' Union

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TUITION FEES The amount of money you are required to pay for your university course
TUTOR A university teacher responsible for teaching a group of students.
TUTORIAL Is a university class conducted by a tutor to a small group of students normally between 15-25 people.

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UCAS (Universities and colleges admissions service)

UCAS organises all the applications for entry onto full-time UK higher
education degree courses

UCAS

UNDERGRADUATE (UG) A student who is studying for a degree, typically after they have left school or college

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