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Course summary

Starting Out is a free, short course offered by the University of East London and Birkbeck, University of London. The course is aimed at adults and develops the knowledge and skills to enable you to return to education with confidence.

Starting Out takes place at University Square Stratford (USS) twice a year in November and February. It runs for 5 weeks, each session is 2 hours long. 

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The course is free. 

Entry requirements

The only entry requirement is that you are available to attend all five sessions of this course. 

What you'll learn

You will learn about the wide range of undergraduate degree courses available and how to apply. You will also have sessions on how to fund university study and on the study skills support available to help you become a successful student.

You will take part in taster sessions from a range of degree course subjects and sample being a ‘real’ student. 

What you'll study

Week 1Higher Education courses and how to apply
Week 2 – Funding university study
Week 3 – Study skills
Week 4 and 5 – Taster lectures

How you will be assessed 

No formal assessment, but you will practise note-taking and take part in whole class discussion. 

How you'll learn

No formal assessment, but you will practise note-taking and take part in whole class discussion. 

Your future career

You will have access to professional, impartial advisers from the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) team who can discuss your study goals with you, help you find the best course and assist you with the application process.  

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