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Step Up to Higher Education

Looking to return to education but are worried you don't have the right skills and qualifications? 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. 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.  

You don't necessarily need formal qualifications to apply, and many who complete the course go on to foundation or degree-level programmes. The course can help you to 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 that you will need for a higher education course, and get support around Student Finance and application processes. 

Find out more about Step Up to Higher Education

Open days


Undergraduate Online Open Day


Staffordshire University London Online Open Day

Centre for Health Innovation Stafford

Undergraduate Open Day

Stoke-on-Trent campus

Undergraduate Open Day

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021