So it’s less than a week! I hope you’re just as excited as a kid at Christmas because this time next week you’ll know exactly what’s in-store for you for the next three years! Or if you’ve just completed your AS Levels, congrats! This time next year you’ll be dead pleased with yourself, starting a new phase in your life… it’ll fly by!
So I will try and describe what uni is like, just so you have an idea what it’s like when you come. Everyone always says the jump from GCSE to A-Levels is huge… as you will know- they are right! However be rest assured that although Uni is obviously going to be hard, somehow it is not that big a jump from A-Levels, so you don’t feel like you’re out of your depth and you’re eased into the work as it progressively gets harder!
The first year of uni is like an introductory year if you will, you only need to get 40% overall (passing every module) to progress onto year 2. This sounds easy and it might be in your case, however my advice to you is to try just as hard in year 1 as you will in year 2 and 3 as this will stand you in good stead for the progressive years AND keep you in that mindset that you will definitely need.
So come to uni to have fun, meet new people and create lifelong friends/memories… but don’t forget the real reason you’re there!
So if you choose a course that involves a placement you’ve made a brilliant choice as you get the best opportunity to experience the field of work you want to pursue.
Depending on what course you do depends what time of year you’ll be out on placement. But regardless of the time of year… let’s face it, the best type of experience is the hands-on kind; there’s no better way to learn and improve.
Some examples of courses that have elements of placements involved in the course are early years, primary and secondary education, nursing and midwifery. These placements are tailored to the course so you’ll be sent out in a cohort, meaning that you won’t miss any contact time with tutors or miss lectures. Which is all good news seen as you will definitely have enough work to do throughout the year, boredom is never an issue.
Personally I’ve found that going on placement is great in the sense you truly understand what job you’re building up towards; by that I mean what’s expected of you on a day-to-day basis. Most of what is involved in the job you probably have never thought of and overlooked, meaning you know all the ins and outs before your three years are up. Employability-wise this experience is definitely going to look most favourable when going for jobs, definitely something you have to think about before you start your degree.
I hope this insight into placements has helped!