1 Virtual Tours of the Campuses

You can get a general impression of the different UCA campuses here .

These tours are only intended to give you an overview; some areas may look a little different when you come to visit them, as they may have been upgraded, or courses may have moved locations.

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4 What is university really like?

It’s hard to know what university is like until you get there, and all universities are different.  In some ways it’s easier to describe what university isn’t! Well, everyone says that it is not like school or college, or work, or home. So, what IS university really like? We aim to give you a realistic view, based on things students told us they wish they had known.

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5 Living away from home

Living away from home for the first time can be both exciting and daunting.  This section will give you some hints and tips on how to cope with the transition from living at home to independent living.

 

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8 Arranging reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments can enable you to participate in the academic assessment process on a fair basis, and according to your preferences. Find out how to arrange reasonable adjustments that work for you.

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9 Getting Disability Advice

Contact Library and Student Services to access support and talk about any adjustments you may require. You will also be able to visit the University to gain a feel for where you will be based throughout your studies.

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10 What is Disabled Students Allowance?

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is a grant intended to cover the extra costs of having a disability, long-term illness, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as an autistic spectrum condition, dyslexia or dyspraxia. This activity explains DSA, why it could be relevant to you and how to claim it.

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11 What is the Study Needs Assessment?

The Study Needs Assessment is an important part of the process of claiming Disabled Students Allowance and getting support at university. This activity will explain what the Study Needs Assessment is, how it works and how to prepare for your appointment.

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14 What are seminars really like?

Seminars provide an opportunity to explore topics by discussion, and to identify and resolve any questions that may arise after lectures.  This section will look at how to prepare for a seminar, and what to expect from one.

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15 What is group work really like?

Working in a group with other students is part and parcel of university study. Quite a few people worry about it, and some have real problems with it. This activity looks at the main issues people have with group work and gives you some practical tips for your own study.

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16 Talking about your autism

By talking about your autism and advocating for yourself, you make an important step towards feeling comfortable with others. This section introduces the advantages of being open about your autism, and gives some practical tips.

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18 What are computer lab sessions really like?

On many of the courses at UCA you will spend a lot of tutorial time in a computer lab. Whilst you’ll often focus on what you’re coding or designing, you may also take part in discussions and group tasks, like in a traditional seminar. Read this article to learn more about the nature of lab sessions.

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19 Dealing with conflict

Different people have different expectations and styles of working together. Sometimes that can lead to conflict. This article will help you recognise causes of conflict and proposes strategies to resolve it.

 

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21 How to reduce anxiety and stress

It is normal to feel anxious when starting something new, like a university course, and everyone feels stress at difficult times of the year like exam periods or when there is a lot happening in their lives. It can sometimes be hard to relax. This activity is about helping you to manage these feelings and includes tips from other autistic students.

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