Associate Students

How does it work?

Associate Students are those studying a module or a series of modules as stand alone subjects, gaining credits as they go. Many students use the scheme to see if they like a subject before committing to long term study.

Many mature students find this is an excellent way to commence their studies if they are unable to commit to a full degree course on either a part or full-time basis.

Students study as Associates for any of the following purposes:

  • As a taster to higher education, especially if it is a while since they have studied
  • As a hobby and a way to meet people with similar interests
  • To prepare for a career change

What award will I receive?

Single modules can be put together to form an award, usually a certificate of continuing education, a certificate of higher education, or a degree. The more credits, the higher the award.

How often will I need to come to College?

Each module will require you to spend approximately half to one day, or one evening a week each week in college and takes 15 weeks to complete. This usually includes lectures, practicals, reading, revision and assessment. Some modules also include visits. A few modules last for 30 weeks and carry twice as many credits. Whilst most modules are run during the day, we have recently extended our range of evening modules due to popular demand. Study will generally be alongside full-time students.

Why progress to undergraduate study?

Students often achieve very good results on the Scheme and progress by transferring on to a course and study part or full-time using the modules they have achieved as an Associate Student (as long as those modules are part of the selected award).

How much does it cost?

For an Associate Student only studying a single module at a time the cost would be:

Home / EU new entrantsPart-time: £1,156 per 15 credit module based on full-time fee of £9,250 on a pro rata basis according to the number of credits studied *
Home / EU students who hold an ELQ£1,156 per 15 credit module part-time ie £9,250 on a pro rata basis according to the number of credits studied *

* fees relate to year 2020/21

Who can apply?

Anyone over the age of 18 may apply, but please bear in mind that modules are degree course and are therefore set at degree level. There are no standard entry requirements and students do not necessarily need to have formal qualifications.

An application form can be requested from Admissions on 01245 424200 or downloaded.

Not sure if it's right for you?

We know these schemes can be confusing so it may be easier to pick up the phone and talk to us about your ideas. For further information contact Admissions on 01245 424200 or email Alternatively you could drop into an Open Days and chat to a specialist in person.