Stepping Up to Higher Education

Welcome to the Stepping Up to Higher Education (HE) Programme

The Stepping Up to Higher Education programme consists of bite-sized messages, five online guides, six 45 minute workshops held in June, July and September and an online induction.

In your first year at UCSD, you will build the foundations of knowledge and academic practice that will support you through more advanced study in your second and/or third year if you choose to top-up.

You will expand on and refine the skills that you developed during your previous studies and vocational experience and be introduced to new topics. You can also start to think about where your specific interests lie as you progress through your degree, and how this might link to future careers.

The marks from your first-year assessments, along with feedback from your lecturers, are a guide to your progress and understanding and give you an idea of areas you may need to develop further.

Please take the time to work your way through the programme, if you need any assistance please email [email protected]

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After enrolment

The Stepping Up to Higher Education programme has been developed in conjunction with University Centre South Devon (UCSD) students and what they consider to be helpful prior to starting in Higher Education.

Learning disabilities or difficulties support

If you have a disability or learning difficulty, our HE Disability Team can help you access additional study support to enable you to reach your full potential at UCSD.  

For more information on learning difficulties and the support available please click here.

Progression and employability opportunities

If you would like support with careers and employability visit Employability and Next Steps or contact [email protected] to book a one-to-one session.

Contact details

UCSD Faculty Office: [email protected] 

Study Skills Team: [email protected] 

Wellbeing Team: [email protected] 

Disability Team: [email protected] 

Progression and Employability: [email protected]