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Online study skills: Winter prize draw

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Winter prize draw

Monday 15 November 2021 - Monday 28 February 2022

Over the winter break students in Years 12-13 or undertaking a Level 3 qualification in UK Schools and Colleges can take part in our Online Study Skills Winter Prize Draw. All you need to do is complete the University Preparation Programme between Monday 15 November 2021 and Monday 28 February 2022 to be in with a chance of winning an iPad, AirPods, Netflix vouchers and more!

The course is devised of 6 modules and is designed to support students in their current and future studies as well as your applications to University – a perfect project to complete over the winter break! Find out more about the programme, how to enrol and the prize draw terms and conditions below.

Please get in contact with us should you have any queries about our programme or prize draw.

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Programme overview

The University Preparation Programme for students in Years 12 and 13 will give you a flying start when making decisions about applying to university and transitioning to life when you get there.

The course is divided into six topics, covering two broad themes – ‘Education’ and ‘Life as a University Student'.

Throughout, you'll build your academic skills such as independent learning, critical thinking, problem-solving and a range of other skills that will help you to succeed at university. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, articles and quizzes - and as the course is online, you can study at a pace that suits you.

Programme topics:

Topics you'll encounter on the University Preparation Programme include:

  • How to study and revise independently
  • Skills to develop an academic argument
  • Revision strategies
  • How to apply to higher education
  • How to manage your money at university and student finance
  • Student life and transition to university

How to enrol

Sign up for the University Preparation Programme in a few simple steps:

  • Register with 'Open Essex'. Follow the step-by-step instructions and remember to write your username and password somewhere safe;
  • Check your inbox. Authorise your Open Essex account using the link provided in the sign-up email;
  • Enrol on the University Preparation Programme. Log into Open Essex and press ‘enrol me';
  • You're ready to roll! Work your way through each module in your own time. Once you've completed all elements of the programme, you'll have access to a downloadable certificate of achievement!

Prize Draw Terms and Conditions

  • To be eligible, students must be in a UK school or college in Years 12-13 or studying a Level 3 Qualification such as A Levels, AS Levels, BTECs and Access to Higher Education courses
  • The online Study Skills: Winter Prize Draw will be running from 12.00pm Monday 15 November 2021 until 9.00am 28 February 2022.
  • To enter the prize draw, students will need to complete all modules in the University Preparation Programme, including pre-course surveys and the Have Your Say module at the end and receive their certificate of completion.
  • The prize draw will be held on Monday 28 February 2022 at 12.00pm.
  • Winners will be notified by email after 28 February 2022 – the relevant schools/colleges will also be informed.
  • Prizes available: iPad (x1), Apple AirPods (x1), Netflix voucher to cover a standard subscription for one year (x1), bundle of study skills textbooks (x1)

Not eligible?

 If you are in year 10 or 11, why not take part in our Online Study Skills: Gain skills and win by completing our Further Studies Preparation Programme.


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Schools and Colleges Liaison Team