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Have you done work experience this summer?



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Campus:
The area of land on which a collection of college buildings are built. So, a campus university is one built entirely or mainly on a single campus. A civic campus is a campus in a town. And a greenfield campus is not. Just to confuse things, some universities use 'campus' as a synonym for 'site' and vice versa, so it could mean anything from a single building to an almost entirely separate college.

Cap.:
Capacity.

CATS (Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme):
Allows students to gather credits for individual modules and is a more flexible way to get formal qualifications. The more credits you earn, the higher the qualification you can 'swap' them for. You need 360 credits to earn a Bachelor degree.

CDL:
Career Development Loan. A deferred-payment bank loan a bit like a student loan, but aimed at those who aren't entitled to help from the LEA, whose employers aren't already footing the bill and who can't afford to pay the fees themselves. Click here for the rules and regs.

Chaplain:
Chaplains hang around universities offering religious guidance and support to those who want it. They usually come in a variety of religious flavours.

Clearing:
Each year after the A levels are published, many students find they haven't got the place they wanted and many universities find they haven't filled their courses. Having participated in a sophisticated applications and admissions process up to then, the universities and students throw caution to the wind and try to shove square pegs into round holes. Clearing tends not to result in the best possible matches.

Convocation:
A fancypants term for graduation, the formal ceremony when you receive your degree.

Court:
The Cambridge term for a quad.

CofE:
Church of England.

College:
A vague word that could mean (a) a sixth form college where students do A levels, (b) a semi-self-contained unit in a collegiate university, (c) an institution of higher education that isn't allowed to call itself a university or (d) any university, college of higher education, its buildings and/or its administrative authorites.

Combined honours degree:
An undergraduate degree course that involves several subject areas — usually three — in approximately equal parts (to start with at any rate).

CofS:
Church of Scotland.

CUKAS:
Conservatoires UK Admissions Service like UCAS but for admission to conservatoires (that's music schools, not a type of sun lounge).

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