This course is taught by friendly and experienced tutors including subject-specialist academic staff, study skills tutors, library and IT specialists, ensuring that you develop the key skills needed for HE. Within your first week, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will nurture you, provide feedback and develop your academic skills throughout the programme.
The course leader for the Step Up to HE programme will be your main personal contact throughout, helping you find your feet and offering guidance, advice and tuition on your learning development and possible future study routes that may be open to you.
This course consists of two separate modules which are designed to introduce you to a variety of skills and provide a firm academic foundation to build on.
Module 1: Skills Review and Development
This module will introduce you as a learner to key themes such as reflection, communication, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving among others. During this module you will also find out how to carry out library research effectively, which is invaluable for independent learning. This introductory module will direct you to the concept of linking theory to practice while developing your confidence and self-awareness as learner. In terms of assessment, you will be supported in writing a 1,500-word self-reflective assignment which will develop your writing skills for university-level study. You will also be supported and guided on the effective use of IT in a digitally focused higher education environment.
Module 2: Subject Choice
Within this module, you will refine and polish the skills you have already learned within Module 1. You will be introduced to a variety of workshops and seminars on the development of your grammar, punctuation, essay structure and presentation. In terms of assessment, you will write a 1,000 word assignment on a topic category of your choice alongside a 500 word self-skills audit. On this module you will also start to underpin the critical thinking and objective writing skills that will help you to progress on to university-level study.
Throughout the programme, students will be able to attend timetabled assignment support sessions. There you will get one-to-one support, feedback opportunities with experienced course tutors; these sessions will improve and develop your academic skillset and confidence to succeed within an HE setting.
We have course intakes taking place on the following dates in 2019-20:
- Monday 23rd September 2019 – Tuesday 3rd December 2019
- Monday 13th January 2020 – Tuesday 24th March 2020
- Monday 20th April 2020 – Tuesday 30th June 2020
With course intakes taking place on the following dates in 2020-21
- Monday 21st September 2020 – Tuesday 1st December 2020
- Monday 11th January 2021 – Tuesday 20th March 2021
- Monday 12th April 2021 – Tuesday 29th June 2021
Attendance is required on a Monday and Tuesday, 10am-2pm.