Get a Head Start
Whether you are studying at University for the first time or perhaps returning to study after a break, Head Start will help you identify and develop your skills, as well as your confidence.
Available to all undergraduate and PGCE applicants who have been offered a place in September on one of the university’s courses, Head Start is a short online programme designed to prepare you for HE study at undergraduate or postgraduate level by exploring the following:
- Learning at undergraduate or postgraduate level (depending on programme of entry)
- Research and information skills
- Academic writing
- Referencing at the University of Cumbria
Our award-winning undergraduate Head Start to University course has been updated. New sections cover settling in to University life, money and digital skills. For each section you complete, you’ll gain a digital badge and, when all sections are completed, you’ll receive an e-Certificate of Achievement that is recognised within the ‘Career Ahead’, the university’s employability award.
“I have learned valuable information and I feel like I am that step closer to being ready for the challenges university brings.” – Head Start student
How can I access Head Start?
Undergraduate and PGCE applicants will be invited to register on Head Start prior to starting your course. Email communications will go out to applicants with instructions for how to access and navigate the online programme.