chapter  1
The transition to higher education
ByJohn Appleby, William Cox
Pages 16

The transition from one educational stage to another is usually a difficult and uncertain process. Examples include the first day at school, the primary/secondary interface, GCSE to A level (in the UK), school to university and even embarking upon postgraduate research. This article considers the transition to university and how we might better influence students’ prior expectations and preparation for this new phase of their life. In addition, we look at the implications for the current curriculum of the common problems of the transition as well as discussing initial assessment of students as they enter higher education (HE).