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UP University Preparation Programme

The University Preparation Programme is specially designed to help students joining year 1 of an undergraduate degree course to build confidence in your abilities and prepare yourself for your course.

Next Start Date: August

UCAS Code: Apply directly

Duration: 21-25th August 2017 - runs during the week before the start of each new academic year.


Why choose the UP Programme?

Studying at university is a fantastic yet challenging experience. This free programme is designed to help you get the most from your time at Abertay by preparing you for the demands of your degree course. It will help you to familiarise yourself with the university by meeting academics, librarians, and the academic skills tutors, who can help and advise you with all aspects of your studies.

You will have a chance to get to know both the city of Dundee and, of course, other new students. The programme puts you in the best possible position to start your studies.

Who is it for?

• Students going into Year 1 at Abertay in September, who want to be well prepared
• Students who are a bit nervous about starting university, and want a confidence boost

The UP Programme is designed to help all new students settle into university life, but especially:

• School leavers who have struggled to meet their potential because of personal circumstances
• School leavers who are worried that their Higher grades will not prepare them to succeed on a university course
• Anyone returning to education after a long time because they have been working or raising a family


What you study

What will I study?

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:

• Understanding, planning and researching assignments
• Referencing, avoiding plagiarism and writing in an academic style
• Creating an academic poster
• Giving an academic presentation
• Becoming an independent learner and a critical thinker

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

Is the programme assessed?

There are no tests, but completing the tasks set as part of the programme means that it will be included on your Higher Education Achievement Record, which details all your non-academic activities at university, and allows future employers to gain a much fuller picture of your achievements as a student.

Entry routes

The UP Programme is intended for students joining an undergraduate course, usually starting at Year 1.  You can apply if you have been made a conditional or an unconditional offer.

Registration for the 2017 programme will open in May.

To apply for the programme please visit our eventbrite page.

Further info

How much does the programme cost?

Nothing! It’s completely free.

Is accommodation provided?

For students who live outside Dundee, university accommodation is provided at a cost of £100 for two weeks. For further information please contact

For further information, please contact Learner Development by emailing or call 01382 308425.

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