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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 just before the term starts in September.  

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

Alternatively, you can book directly via the online booking form.

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

Please email for any queries.

Frequently asked questions

Who can attend Step Up to HE?

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. 

Is Step Up to HE online or on campus?

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.

I've studied in HE before, will it still be useful for me?

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 inlcudes information about and from our services specifically, and content from our students.

When does Step Up to HE happen?

There are 2 on-campus events over the week before Welcome Week and students can choose which to attend (subject to spaces being available).

For 22/23 the events and dates are:

  • Event 1 - Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th September 2022
  • Event 2 - Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September 2022

Each event usually starts with registration from 09.00 and finishes by 15.30 each day.

Students will receive a programme for the event at registration.

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

Are places at the on-campus programme limited?

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.

Can I just attend just parts of the on-campus 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.

How do I access the programme?

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.

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.

How do I get to the on-campus events?

Each event is held at our city campus site.  Please see the Contact and Find us page for information on how to get here and a campus map.  

Is there parking available for the on-campus events?

There is no specific parking for Step Up to HE.  Parking on campus is likely to be limited.  Once you have your student ID number you may be able to apply for a parking permit and, if granted, collect this early/activate it earlier.  Please see the Contact and Find us page for further information and details regarding visitor parking.

Is accommodation available for Step Up to HE?

There is no accommodation available specifically for Step Up to HE. 

Do I need to bring anything with me to the on-campus programme?

No.  Students who have had their place at the event confirmed will receive details about the event and what to do on the first day etc.

Can I bring someone with me to the on-campus programme?

No.  Only new first year undergraduates can attend the event.  Freinds, relatives etc. will not be permitted.  If you have a learner support profile that involves having someone with you in taught sessions then they will, of course, be able to attend.

Can I enrol onto my course during Step Up to HE?

No.  Please follow the information sent to you on how to enrol onto your programme.

Can I collect my student ID card during Step Up to HE?

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

Will Step Up to HE include specific content for my course?

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

Will I receive my course timetable?

No.  All details relating specifically to the programme of study will be communicated separately, please see the New Students website for information.

Get in touch

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