Glossary of university terms
- Bachelor's degree
- Entry requirements/grades
- Gap year
- Insurance offer
- Maintenance loans
- Master's degree
- Open days at the University
- Placement year
- Postgraduate student
- Sandwich degree
- Tuition fee loans
- Undergraduate student
The admissions team at a university processes all applications and makes offers to potential students.
Any person who has studied at a university becomes an alumnus of that university upon completing their course.
The qualification students achieve after successfully completing a 3 or 4-year programme of degree level study at a university or college. Also commonly referred to as an undergraduate degree. These come with a range of titles:
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Bachelor of Education (BEd)
- Bachelor of Law (LLB)
Non-repayable sum of money given to students who receive a maintenance grant. More about student finance.
Land on which the university is situated. At the University of Hertfordshire, we have 2 main campuses – College Lane and de Havilland. Bayfordbury is our third campus specialising in Physics and Astronomy.
Process allowing prospective students without a university place to apply for courses which haven’t yet been filled.
Large piece of work to be completed in the last year of a degree programme, focusing the student’s learning on one area.
The grades or qualifications a student needs to attain to be accepted onto a university course.
Students can take a gap year before they start university or straight after graduation. Students on gap years may travel or do paid or voluntary work.
Second choice of university course in case the student doesn’t get the grades for their first choice.
Teacher at university, who may also carry out research into their subject area.
Provided by the Government through Student Finance England. These are the cheapest way of borrowing money as the rate of interest follows the rate of inflation. Students will need to repay these loans but not until they are earning more than £21,000.
Qualification that students can study towards after completing their Bachelor's degree.
Opportunity for students and parents to look around a university and speak to staff and current students. More about about University of Hertfordshire open days.
A year of work experience, usually after the second year of study.
A student who is studying at university, after they have completed their undergraduate degree.
The most senior academics in a university.
Financial award to help subsidise part of a student’s studies. There are a variety of scholarships available, depending on a range of criteria.
Generally a 4-year degree programme in which the third year is completed in an industry-related paid placement.
The University of Hertfordshire’s academic year is divided into three semesters , A, B and C.
A smaller study group under the supervision of a tutor, where the subject area covered in lectures is explored further.
Paid directly to the university from Student Finance England.
A student who is studying for their first degree.