Module HeadStart

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Key course details

Location Online
Duration Part-time, 1 Semester
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements

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.

News and Events

First day at university for tomorrow’s teachers

Posted: 4 Sep 2019

Aspiring teachers have flocked in their hundreds to start their training with the University of Cumbria. As millions of schoolchildren return to classes this week, around 700 students have arrived on the university’s campuses in Lancaster, Carlisle and London to register on courses to further their own education and development.

Leading university role for national uplands expert

Posted: 27 Aug 2019

One of England’s most influential uplands and common ground specialists, with close links to the Prince of Wales, is embarking on a pioneering role at University of Cumbria (UoC). Dr Julia Aglionby said she was thrilled to become a Professor of Practice at a time of great challenge and opportunity, explaining the appointment signaled a sea change for the national organisations she spearheads - and an exciting collaborative future.

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Posted: 15 Aug 2019

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Sat 5 Oct 2019

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Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 5 Oct 2019

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