Prepare to study

Depending on which subject you are studying, learning at university can involve a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and tutorials, practical 'hands-on' sessions and lab work, and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor to discuss your progress. These activities will take place both face-to-face and online and you will be able to participate both 'synchronously' (in real time) and/or 'asynchronously' (in your own time).

During induction, and throughout your first year, you will be supported in getting to grips with new ways of learning. Shortly before you start your course, you will be able to access materials and activities online that will give you direct experience of what to expect.

Throughout your degree, you will have access to a wide range of study support resources and services, provided by the Academic Skills Centre, which is here to help ensure you get the most from your studies.


Our David Wilson Library, whilst subject to social distancing rules, will be open to support your studies.

You can also take advantage of our digital library, which has access to more than 800,000 e-books; our enquiry service and student support provide further virtual support. Your module resources will also link straight through to the appropriate digital resources through an electronic reading list system, making it as easy for you to access your reading materials.

Is there any support for improving my English?

If English is not your first language, support is available at our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU).

We offer support classes which:

  • fit in with your degree timetable and deadlines.
  • focus on the language and skills which will help you to be successful in your studies.
  • help you to develop strategies and resources to learn English outside class.

You can also visit the ELTU for a one-to-one writing consultation.

As a current student, courses and language support are provided free of charge.

Dyslexia and disability support

Our AccessAbility Centre offers a range of services and support to students who are managing specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, disabilities, autism, a mental health condition or another long-term condition alongside their studies.

Peer mentor

Your peer mentor - a second or third year student studying a similar course to you - will be able to give you informal study advice.