New student? Hit the ground running!

We understand that as well as being a really exciting time, starting out at university can often feel a bit daunting while you are getting to grips with a different way of learning.   

We have produced Hit the Ground Running blogs which have been designed to introduce you to some key information which we hope you will find useful before you arrive. It also includes some voluntary activities you can complete before you start your programme.  

We hope you find the blogs a good way to prepare yourself for your studies – please select your blog from the list below. 

Welcome to all of our new students!

Student leaping in the air celebrating!When your place has been confirmed you officially become a University of Brighton student!

Keep an eye on your inbox as we’ll be keeping in touch with you by email to let you know more about:

  • activating your university user account and logging on to our online learning environment: student central
  • how to access pre-arrival information, check your start date and view our handy online guide to help prepare you for uni
  • our advice for new students as there’s lots to think about before starting uni – you’ll receive more in the post about this too in our Get Ready Guide
  • organising your accommodation: if you’re still looking for somewhere to live we can offer plenty of support and advice
  • organising your student finance and making a budget
  • joining a Facebook group for students on your campus.

You can also follow results day reactions on our Instagram Stories. Tag us in your celebrations @uniofbrighton to be featured.

Explore your options through clearing

Good luck to everyone receiving A-Level results tomorrow!

If you’ve had a change of heart, or your exams have gone differently from what you expected, clearing is an opportunity to assess your options and explore the possibilities.

If you need help navigating your way through the Clearing process, check out our handy guide. Or call us on 01273 644000, we can help.  Continue reading

Professional Skills Test Day

The School of Education recently held a Professional Skills Test Day to provide help and support to those thinking of training to teach. Before starting a course that leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) you must first pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy which has proven to be a real challenge for some applicants. Continue reading

Changes to professional skills tests from February 2018

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The Department for Education (DfE) has recently made changes to the Professional Skills Tests to ensure more talented trainees can get into teaching.

As of 15 February 2018, there will be no limit on the number of tests candidates can take, they will also not incur any cost for their first three attempts.

These changes are great news for aspiring teachers who will be able to begin their training as soon as they are ready.

Read full details about the changes on the DfE website.

Primary education maths poster presentations

Second year Primary Education BA(Hons) with QTS students recently completed their poster presentations as part of the Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Mathematics module.

The module supports students to develop a deep understanding of children’s learning of calculation and practical approaches to teaching. They include analysis of subject knowledge, justification of their choice of mathematical resources and a reasoning task related to the chosen strategy.

The posters are the final assessment of the students’ learning about how to teach mental and written calculation strategies in the primary setting before they embark on their second phase of school-based training with one of our partnership schools.

Find out more about our initial teaching education courses on the University of Brighton website.