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Skills Start

Your Skills Start journey

Hello and welcome!

This guide has been created to support people pondering if university is for them. Whether you are considering beginning an undergraduate course, an apprenticeship, a microcredential or a postgraduate level qualification it might be a while since you've studied. You might have enthusiasm for your subject but be worrying whether you have the right skills to take on a course. This guide is designed to help you if you are faced with this dilemma.

The approach to your start to success has been broken down into key sections to make it easy to select the information you need, as and when you need it.

Different people need different routes, think about where you are currently and which route feels like the best one for you. Don't worry - you can circle back at any point.

Learning to identify what skills you have already and where you need more support is an important step.  At any point in the six steps you can use the confidential Confidence Checker tool to discover any skills areas which you might want to refresh.  

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Step 1: The place to start   

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Step 4:  Plan your assignment  


Confidence Checker

This has been designed as a skills audit for your own use:

Use the Skills Start Confidence Checker.

skills for study logoSkills for Study is an online resource covering essential academic skills with activities and exercises to build your confidence.  Follow the steps in the Student User Guide to access Skills for Study, set up your account and get started.

Alternative Routes

Please note that depending on the type of account you have with the University, you may not be able to access all the links on the Study Smarter with Technology and Get Digital pages.