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Step Up to HE

Joining the University of Bradford as an undergraduate student in September? Then why not get one step ahead and find out what being a student in higher education is all about!

Our Step Up to Higher Education (HE) programme is a great opportunity to prepare for your studies by finding out about and starting to develop some of the essential skills you will need at University. 

It includes self-access online resources and activities as well as a live programme of workshops that also offer you the chance to meet members of staff and other students.

Step Up to HE is free of charge and is available before the September term starts so that you can access information and resources before course teaching begins.

Developed and delivered by a team of staff and students, it covers a range of areas to support your transition into university. 

These include:

  • Thriving in your first year
  • Academic language
  • Collaborative learning
  • Library and finding resources
  • IT skills
  • Careers and Employability
  • You and Your Wellbeing
  • A Student Perspective

There will also be an opportunity for you to hear all about being a student at the University of Bradford from current students.

The online Step Up to HE resources are updated in August each year and can be accessed and worked through at a time and pace that suits you. 

The live programme of workshops takes place on campus just before the term starts in September.  

New undergraduate students starting in September can register their interest in attending the on campus activities via the enrolment portal.  Details will then be emailed on the activities and how to book.

All new students, including those starting in January, can still access the online resources above at any time.

Please email for any queries.

Feedback from students:

Here is how our students felt after attending the programme:

Statement % agree
Attending Step Up to HE been beneficial to me 93%
I would recommend attending Step Up to HE to others




I feel like this has been excellent and has prepared me to start uni without feeling out of my depth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Only undergraduate students who have accepted a place to study at the University of Bradford (starting in September) can attend the on-campus live events - and they need to book a place to attend. 

All new undergraduates, including those who start in January, will have access to the online Step Up to HE resources to work through in their own time. 

International students also have the option of attending the Academic Transition: UK (AT:UK) programme.

The live events are on-campus and students need to book on to these to attend.

The online Step Up to HE self-access resources are available to all new undergraduates.  You don't need to do anything in order to access these, just use the link provided.  The resources are updated each year in August.

Step Up to HE is designed primarily for those new to HE but is still intended to be of use to any new new undergraduate starting their studies at Bradford.  For example, it includes information about and from our services specifically, and content from our students.

The on campus Step Up to HE event/s usually take place in the week before Welcome Week in September each year.

The online resources and activities are updated each year in August and they remain available over the academic year. 

Places at each on-campus events are limited to ensure the sessions can be interactive.  So once you have received your information email (via the enrolment portal) please book as directed as soon as you can.  Or see below on how to access the programme.

We advise that students engage in all aspects to get the full benefit of the programme (and to be eligible for any recognition of completion).  However, we do understand that there may be difficulties committing to all the elements so do get in touch to discuss.

As part of the online enrolment portal you will be asked if you are interested in engaging in Step Up to HE live events (on campus).  If you select that you are you will be sent further information, including how to book a place. 

Alternatively, you can book straight away via the online booking form (coming soon).

The online Step Up to HE resources will be accessible to all new undergraduates via a link provided to all new undergraduate students prior to the start of the term.  You don't need to do anything in order to access these, just use the link provided.

Step Up to HE is open to all new undergraduate students who have accepted a place to study at the University of Bradford (starting in September).  So, yes, international students can attend.

For International students we also offer the Language Centre's AT:UK programme, which is specifically designed to introduce new international students to studying in the UK.  It is also free of charge and runs in the same week.

The programme runs from 09.00 until 16.30 on Wednesday 20th September or Friday 22nd September.  It consists of 4 interactive sessions to give international students the best start to your study journey at Bradford. The sessions are taught by experienced lecturers who know what you need, including: Being a student in the UK; Presentation skills and participating in lectures and seminars; and Writing for University success.

No.  Student cards will be available to collect by appointment only, the Welcome team will email you details of how to book a slot.

No.  Step Up to HE is open to students from across a broad range of disciplines and programmes of study.  It therefore does not include specific content for your course and is focused on offering useful skills and information that would be of benefit to any new university student. Details relating specifically to the programme of study will be communicated separately, please see the New Students website for information