The Bridging Programme

What is the Bridging Programme?

The Bridging Programme is designed to provide experienced health and social care workers with the additional academic study skills to enable them to progress into Higher Education.

Who is the Bridging Programme for?

The Bridging Programme has been designed for learners who have attained a Level 3 vocational qualification or above and who wish to progress onto a professional education programme such as occupational therapy or nursing for example using a combination of their vocational qualification(s) and the Bridging Programme.

What do learners achieve?

The Level 3 Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education via the Awarding body OCN.

Model of delivery and course content

The Bridging Programme lasts for a duration of eight weeks, during which learners work towards obtaining the Level 3 Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education.

The programme includes six remote teaching sessions, and an additional two weeks of personalised support are available if necessary to meet assignment requirements.

To make progress on the programme, learners must demonstrate dedication by engaging in self-directed study between teaching sessions.

The Level 3 Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education, which is accredited by the awarding body OCN, consists of five mandatory units. To attain the Certificate, learners must successfully complete these units and earn a total of 16 credits at Level 3 and 8 UCAS points.


  • Extended Academic Essay and Report Writing Skills for Higher Study
  • Extended Academic Essay and Report Writing Skills for Higher Study
  • Essential Skills for Academic Study
  • Finding and Reading Information Skills for Academic Study
  • Understanding Opportunities in Higher Education

The Bridging Programme also enables learners to develop:

  • Critical thinking skills, addressing the known barriers to critical thinking
  • An understanding of personalised learning and the benefits of finding out and exploiting ways of learning which work most effectively for each individual learner.
  • An ability to reflect on progress towards short and long term learning goals, to identify obstacles to achievement and how to address them.

Programme cost £775.00 plus vat

Prior to applying for this programme learners must have the support of their employer to undertake the programme and it is advised that their Higher Education Institute (HEI) has confirmed a progression agreement is in place to agree this programme can be used as an alternative entry route. Education Leads will be able to advise on this.

Next Steps

Join us for one of our upcoming online information sessions to delve deeper into the Bridging Programme. To reserve your spot, please click here to register

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