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Clearing: A Guide for Parents

Put your mind at ease

Moving away to university can be a life-changing experience for your son or daughter. You may have lots of questions, so we’ve put the following together to help put your mind at ease.

We aim to make your son or daughter’s time here as stress free and enjoyable as possible. Whether you would like to know more about accommodation and learning resources or the social life they’ll have at the University of Worcester, many questions will be answered here. If there is anything else that you would like to know then please call 01905 855111.

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How does university study differ from school or college?

The main difference is that your son or daughter will need to organise their own work and study independently, rather than being more dependent on teaching staff. They will be expected to learn their subject area in depth and use new skills and methods with less direct supervision from academic staff. Their study time will be supplemented by group learning methods such as lectures, tutorials and seminars.

How are degree programmes taught?

Most learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars and tutorials, although fieldwork is appropriate on some courses.

What is an HND?

An HND (Higher National Diploma) is a two year course for students who do not want to commit to a degree and may want to find out more about their chosen subject. Upon completion, students then have the option of studying for a further 12-24 months to gain a degree.

What is a Foundation Degree?

A Foundation degree is a two year course in vocational subjects where around 25% of the course is delivered through work-based learning, so the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course are immediately relevant to career related goals.

Can my child study abroad as part of the course?

It is possible for second-year students to undertake a semester at an Overseas Higher Education establishment. Your son or daughter would continue to pay fees in the normal way as they would in the UK. For further information please call: 01905 855146 or email:

What internet facilities are there?

We have 24-hour computer rooms around the campus with broadband Internet access and networked printers. We also have wireless connection so your son or daughter can connect to the Internet wherever they are on campus.

What is security like on Campus?

Staff are on-site 24 hours a day, based at Main Reception and in the evenings in the Security Office in our Worcester Halls. Their principle role is to provide a safe and secure environment in which your son or daughter will live and study.

Is career advice available?

We have expert careers advice available to all students. Being a student will present your son or daughter with an invaluable opportunity to develop new skills and experiences that will help clarify thoughts on future careers and make them a more attractive prospect for future employers. Indeed a recent government survey showed that 93% of Worcester full-time first-degree graduates went into employment or further study.

What support does the University offer?

There are lots of people based at the University who support students' wellbeing during their studies. The easiest way for students to contact these services or get information and advice about any aspect of being a student at Worcester is through Firstpoint in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre, St John’s campus; telephone 01905 542551, email For further information please see the Firstpoint page.

What sports facilities are available to students?

First class facilities are available to all students, including a six-court sports hall, fitness suite and two international standard floodlit AstroTurf pitches, tennis courts and grass pitches. We have a specialist Sports Performance Laboratory and two Sports Science Laboratories, which further enhances the facilities for sport at Worcester. The recently opened University of Worcester Arena offers both state-of-the-art facilities and an exceptional standard of universal accessibility.

What is transport like in Worcester?

There is a regular bus service between Worcester City Centre and the St John's Campus. The No. 31 bus travels through the St John's Campus although the city centre is only a 15 minute walk away.

We also provide bicycle parks and pay and display car parks on campus. Parking permits are available.

What will their social life be like?

The Students’ Union organises a vast number of clubs and societies so there’s plenty of ways for your son or daughter to make new friends and get involved in University life. The bar on campus runs theme nights and promotions throughout the year and Worcester ciy centre is only a short walk away, with a variety of bars and clubs to suit all tastes.

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