This is an extended degree programme for mature students looking to return to study and wanting to progress to a range of degrees (both full and part-time) in the social sciences, arts and healthcare. The course is 1 year part-time plus 3 years full-time or 5/6 years part-time, depending on your progression choice.
Preparation for Higher Education (PHE) is the foundation year which provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed. You will be taught by friendly and supportive staff with experience in working with adult learners.
On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the specified requirements for progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen degree courses. Recent cohorts went on to study for degrees in English, criminology, law, radiography, nursing, midwifery, psychology, sociology, dental hygiene and therapy and professional studies and to part-time degrees in child and family studies, business management and learning and teaching.
Lifelong Learning Centre support
We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialised guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.
Is this course for me?
BA Interdisciplinary Studies with Preparation for Higher Education is a four-year extended degree, designed for applicants who don't currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree and who can benefit from a programme that begins with a foundation year which provides intensive, well-structured support.
Designed with mature students in mind, the foundation year runs on two evenings a week and one to two Saturdays a month, so you can study whilst juggling your other commitments.
During the foundation year you’ll develop and reflect on your academic study skills and study either a data handling or applied information literacy module. In addition, depending on the degree course you wish to progress to, you will study a module focusing on sociology, human biology or child development and learning.
Once you’ve successfully completed your foundation year and met your progression goals you’ll progress directly onto your chosen degree programme. The Lifelong Leaning Centre team remains on hand to help you make the transition to degree-level study.