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Get Ahead: Preparing to study at university: Home

Who is the course for?

Who is the programme for?

The Get Ahead course is a free course for all students who have been offered a place at University of Suffolk.  You may be returning to education or have just completed your a-levels, this course will help you get off to a good start.  It provides the opportunity to meet other students who will be starting a degree course, to explore the Campus and meet members of staff who can offer support.   You will receive a course specific induction at the start of your course, but Get Ahead will get you off to a good start.

How do I join a course?

How do I book onto the course?

When you have accepted a place on a course at the University of Suffolk you will be sent further information about how to book on the Get Ahead course, this will be sent via email. 

If you have difficulties booking please contact us

The course is free and booking is easy.   Once you have booked your place you will receive a confirmation email from us and further information about the event nearer to the date.  If you would like to attend for one day, or part of each day then that is fine - just let us know.  

Aims of the course

Aims of the programme:

Successful studying at university is about developing a higher level of study, thinking and writing skills.  You will naturally develop these skills as you progress through your course, but it’s a great idea to get ahead.   The ‘Get ahead: Preparing to study at University’ will help you to do just that.

This 2 day course is free of charge to all new students who will be studying at Ipswich.  It offers an excellent introduction to the skills that you will need to develop during the first year of your course, workshops subjects include:

  • Getting started as an Undergraduate – what’s it all about?

  • Finding out about your learning preferences

  • Finding information, knowing where to look and how to find it

  • Getting started with written assignments


If you have questions or queries about the course you can contact us by emailing or telephoning Learning Services 01473 338700

What people have been on the course have said about it

  • Better understanding of Uni and what to expect
  • Eased nerves – lots of support available very informative
  • Helped alleviate some worries/concerns by taking part
  • Good to know and discuss common fears
  • Staff encouraging and supportive and supportive of uni​
  • ​​Relaxed atmosphere
  • Opportunity to meet new people​

Developing Study Skills

There are many excellent resources that can help you to understand what is expected from you at university. These resources can help you to improve your grades and give you a sense of confidence and achievement right from the start of your studies. These books are recommended as background reading both before starting and whilst studying your chosen course and will help to overcome many of the common issues experienced in Higher Education.

Feedback from the course

The Get Ahead course has empowered me to join with confidence.  We were inundated with information to assist our learning whilst gaining knowledge of the setting and the opportunity to meet both fellow students and staff.’

‘It helped me massively with what is expected of me for my Uni assignments and also boosted my confidence.