Tertiary education

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Tertiary education, also referred to as third stage, third level, and post-secondary education, is the educational level following the completion of a school providing a secondary education, such as a high school, secondary school, university-preparatory school, or gymnasium. Higher education is taken to include undergraduate and postgraduate education, while vocational education and training beyond secondary education is known as further education in the United Kingdom, or continuing education in the United States.

Colleges, universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics are the main institutions that provide tertiary education (sometimes known collectively as tertiary institutions). Tertiary education generally culminates in the receipt of certificates, diplomas, or academic degrees.


Transition from a secondary education into a tertiary study

Universities are complex public institutions with distinctive culture, where new students face several challenges at the early stages to adapt a new ethnicity. Many expectations are being made by many new university students to enhance their knowledge and demonstrate sophistication in their learning abilities, however an adaption to the university life is also essential. Moreover students are required to be familiar with a new culture and be aware of the attitudes and values, as a high standard will be expected to follow the academic regulations (Brick, J 2006).

University students who undergo their first years in tertiary education face new challenges as university life is a diverse learning environment that encompasses independent study in education. this environment includes factors such as a the resemblance between peers' academic results. There is also less interaction between the students and lecturer's, one of the barriers in the first years of university. From the perspective of a high school learning system it is very dissimilar, where students are encouraged to demonstrate an independence in learning, as well as adopt a collaborative atmosphere in order to cope with the initial difficulties and different academic genres. Hence, for a successful academic result, students ought to strive hard and utilize all possible efforts. This includes writing down all the major points from lectures and taking advantage of all available materials - using the supportive mediums provided by institutions such as online lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations.(Devlin, M 2009)[1]

In the United Kingdom

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