Bridging Programme

The programme is designed to help learners to develop the academic study skills that will be required for higher level apprenticeships, particularly degrees and is aimed at existing NHS staff who do not meet the traditional UCAS entry requirements but who are felt to be suitable for a degree apprenticeship.

The Bridging programme offers the Level 3 Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education which is a nationally recognised qualification, accredited by OCN London.

The course includes the following five mandatory units

  • Extended Academic Essay and Report Writing Skills for Higher Study
  • Essential Skills for Academic Study
  • Extended Project 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.

Progression agreements from a number of universities have been agreed that they will accept the Level 3 Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education within their entry criteria for some degree apprenticeships.

However, before you support staff to join a bridging course it is essential to be sure that the university you have selected has agreed that this programme can be used as an alternative entry requirement. The decision regarding entry requirements sits with the university and a formal progression agreement needs to be in place. We can assist with this process, having gained plenty of experience in helping to obtain progression agreements already with a number of universities. A progression agreement template is available for this purpose.

A place on our programme can either be booked and financed by NHS Trusts or alternatively a learner can self-fund. Please use the contact form on the Contact Us page of our website to enquire about this programme. 

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