University Preparation programme

The University Preparation programme is a free, week-long course that's specially designed to help you prepare and build confidence before joining Year 1 of an undergraduate degree course.

Course detail

Start Date



6-10 September 2021

Programme Overview

Starting Abertay in September 2021? 

Are you a wee bit nervous about coming to university?

Do you want to boost your confidence and be well prepared?

Then join our FREE University Preparation (UP) programme.

The UP programme is designed to help all new students settle into university life. It's especially useful if: 

  • You've struggled to meet your potential because of personal circumstances
  • You're worried that your Higher grades won't prepare you to succeed on a university course

Why choose the UP programme?

The programme puts you in the best possible position to start your studies by: 

  • Allowing you to get to know your way around the university and the city
  • Introducing you to academics, librarians and Student Services staff
  • Giving you an opportunity to meet other new students

... all before you start the serious business of your degree!

How much does the programme cost?

Nothing! It's completely free. 

Online delivery in 2021

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we're making arrangements to deliver this programme online in 2021.

Registering for the University Preparation programme

You’ll receive information about how to register later in the summer, but if you have any questions, please contact


The programme covers a whole range of subjects, from how to write coursework and use the library, to managing your money and who to ask for help.

Topics include:

  • Independent learning and critical thinking 
  • Understanding, planning and writing assignments
  • Getting the most out of your time at Abertay

You'll have plenty of opportunities to practice these skills, get feedback from our tutors, and to ask questions. At the end of the programme, you'll know exactly what your lecturers will expect of you, and how to meet those expectations.

Students working together


There are no tests, but we do set a writing task. If you choose to do this, you’ll get feedback on your academic writing which will give you some ideas about what you can already do well, what you might want to work on, and ways to do that.

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