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Next steps to university: from choosing a course to your first assessment

Helpful tips for university life.

Length Start date In partnership with
Two weeks

 Tutor facilitation starts 3 June 2024


Going to university might be one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make.

On this course, you’ll explore what higher education is all about and learn tips for making the most of your university life and study.

Your time at university is about more than earning a qualification. It’s a life-changing experience where you’ll meet new people from around the world, become independent in your thinking, and make decisions about your personal and professional future.

This course will break down everything from academic referencing to budgeting – and challenge some myths along the way.

Assessments (and subsequent certificates) are optional and carry a fee, with the exception of people with a York username, for whom they are free.

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Guidance for York account holders enrolling on FutureLearn courses (PDF , 272kb)

You can join and access this course for free. You're also able to upgrade your FutureLearn account to a paid version for additional benefits (