Why Should I Consider a Pathway Programme?
Choosing a pathway programme can have an influence on the success and enjoyment of your degree. If you start your degree under-prepared, this can lead to you struggling to progress, as well as affecting your enjoyment. Pathway programmes can offer students, particularly international students, extra time to acclimatise to higher education.
As well as allowing you extra time to meet entry requirements, pathway courses can also offer the chance for students to develop their study skills, as higher education is demanding. Depending on your home country and where you choose to study, taking a pathway programme may allow you to familiarise yourself with the education system works in a different country, leading you be more successful in your final degree.
Pathway programmes also provide the opportunity to meet and socialise with other international students. This allows you to feel more comfortable with your new environment, as well as meeting some students who may be studying on the same degree course as you. Starting your degree with a few familiar faces is never a bad thing!
Some universities guarantee places on their undergraduate or postgraduate courses to students who successfully complete a certain pathway programme. This is a helpful solution if you are worried about not meeting the entry requirements, but are passionate about the subject area. This is also useful if your home country’s education system is very different to that of your chosen university, as it would allow you to prove that you are capable and interested.
What Subjects Can I Study?
There are pathway programmes available in many different subjects. Some programmes are offered by themselves, and some are offered with an integrated language course. The courses available to you will depend on where you are from, where you are choosing to study and what area you wish to study in. Generally, most institutions either provide a wide variety of pathway programmes, or work in partnership with other universities or education companies.
Take a look at the pages below to explore what pathway programmes, foundation degree courses and pre-masters courses are available at the different institutions.