Module HeadStart

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Key course details

Duration Part-time, 1 Semester
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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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)
  • Finding and evaluating academic sources
  • Academic writing
  • Referencing at the University of Cumbria
  • It also helps students become familiar with the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), Blackboard.

“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 2016

Graduate destinations

Completing Head Start will give you an advantage by enhancing your confidence and level of preparedness prior to the start of your main programme of study here at Cumbria. Students who complete all elements of the programme will receive a University's Certificate of Achievement that is recognised within Career Ahead, the University's Employability Award.

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