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Gateway to HE

Our FREE part-time Gateway to HE offers you the chance to see if study is for you.

We teach the classes in an informal style, allowing you to settle back into study. The course is designed to fit around work and family commitments, whilst developing your skills, knowledge and confidence.

You will meet and work with others who will be embarking on a similar journey to your own, in an environment designed for adult learners.

The course is designed for adults living in the local area and we don't ask for previous qualifications, and successful completion* guarantees you a place on the University of Warwick’s part-time BA (Hons) Social Studies Degree.


April 2019 Gateway - Tuesday 30 April 2019 - 30 July 2019

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Day and time

April 2019 Gateway: Tuesdays, 6pm - 9pm

Fee Free course. View potential additional fees.
Venue April course - R0.14, Ramphal Building, Main Campus, University of Warwick, moving to Westwood Campus in July.
Entry requirements

Flexible entry requirements, consideration given for non-traditional qualifications, work and life experience. Applicants are interviewed by the course selector, and there will be a short written exercise. Read past student Amy's blog on her interview experience.

*Successful completion (good attendance and marks in assessed work) guarantees a place on the BA Hons Social Studies degree

Length 20 weeks

Please use our Contact page to send us an enquiry or call for an informal conversation with the course tutor

Watch Dr Steve Gascoigne talk introduce the Gateway course. This video was filmed in September 2016.

Watch current student, Alison, describe her Gateway experience so far. This video was filmed in February 2017.

Benefits of this course

  • You can study part-time at your own pace around work and family commitments
  • You will develop skills, knowledge and confidence to study at one of the top universities in the world
  • The Gateway course is an equivalent level of study to Access or A-levels
  • Successful completion (attendance throughout the programme and passing all 3 pieces of assessed work), guarantees a place on the BA (Hons) Social Studies degree
  • We will also endorse successful students who intend to apply to other universities

Areas of study

The course is intended to prepare you for higher education study by:

  • Introducing key concepts within the social sciences
  • Introducing important ‘social science’ disciplines
  • Embedding key skills for HE study

In the first 4 weeks, you will visit the University library, and learn study skills such as referencing.

This course develops from your own experiences – encouraging you to think about your own identity. The course looks at wider issues that impact on you – exploring themes around the local, the national and the global environment. We start by drawing very much from your personal experiences – using these experiences to introduce ‘academic’ ways of thinking and talking about familiar and local contexts. We then move onto wider social themes such as shopping, work, the environment, before widening still into global issues – challenging you to consider the relationship between the global and the local.

Sample topics covered:


Student Profile

This video was filmed in June 2015. All opinions expressed in the video are the student's own.