Finding your stride

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.

Watch our video to hear what past participants have to say about the course and how it has benefited them.

How can Step Up to HE help me?

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.

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.

Apply now

Get university-ready

Learn the skills you need to study at university level.

Access tailored support

Get advice and guidance that meets your personal needs.

Build your confidence

Our friendly team are there help you realise your potential.

What our students say

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

As someone who is largely practical, completing Step Up has increased my confidence to do well in education as a result of the range of learning styles delivered ont the course. The mock interviews that were set up on the course helped massively in helping me gain a place and progress on to the FdSc in Paramedic Science at Staffs.

Dan Lavick, Step Up student

Throughout the free 10-week course, I positively progressed academically and confidently with the help and guidance from the professional and supportive staff. Stepping Up was one of the best moves that I've ever made. Thanks to this opportunity, I am now studying on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course at the University.

Helen Wain, former Step Up student


Wanting to find out more about the Step Up to HE course? Why not get in touch with the team?

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