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Step Up to Higher Education

Find your stride with our Step Up to Higher Education certificate.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to study at university? Maybe you want to return to education but are worried you don't have the right skills and qualifications? Well, you've come to the right place. Our Step Up to Higher Education (HE) course is designed to help you figure out where you want to be and point you in the right direction to get there.

Where will Step Up take me?

You don't necessarily need formal qualifications to apply, and many who complete the course go on to foundation or degree-level programmes.  This free 10-week course can fit around your work or other commitments to give you a taste of what it's like to study at university.  On this course you can:

  • Get advice if you're looking for a career change or want to move up the job ladder.
  • Develop your academic writing, referencing, note-taking and critical thinking skills.
  • Find your feet again if you've been out of education for a while.
  • Try taster sessions on various subjects to get a feel for them.
  • Get support around the Student Finance application process.
  • Meet like-minded students and get a feel for life at Staffordshire University. 

I wish I had known about the Step Up course sooner. I spent so much time worrying that I would fit in at University and this cannot be further from the truth.   I have now entered my second year of the BA English and Creative Writing degree and successfully hitting those top grades with hard work and the skills developed through Step Up.

Uhmehra Javed, former Step Up student

Are you ready to Step Up to Higher Education?