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Mature students:

It is not necessarily true that mature students behave any more maturely than conventional ones. Nor are they necessarily old fogeys - some are as young as 21 - but, generally, they are older than most other students and are probably returning to education rather than being fresh out of school. (Having a year out counts as being fresh, having 10 years out living in a brothel doesn't.)

Means-testing:
Local Education Authorities assess how much money students have at their disposal before handing out any money for their tuition fees. Similarly student loans are based on a means test. However it may seem, they're not called that because they're trying to see how mean they can be.

Media Studies:
A heavily over-subscribed course, often by students who think (i) it'll get them straight into the BBC or Hollywood or (ii) it's a doss course. Both are wrong. Media courses usually cover practical and theoretical training in all areas of mass communication and while the experience and contacts might give students an edge in pursuit of a glittering career full of men with pony-tails, unfortunately, life-membership of the Groucho Club is not automatic and there are many other routes to media infamy.

Middle Common Room (MCR):
Like a Junior Common Room, but for postgrads only.

Modular courses:
A sort of pick'n'mix course comprising a number of components (modules), either within just one department or across a range of subjects.

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