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Warwick Gateway to HE

Our FREE Gateway course provides the opportunity for you to develop or refresh your skills and confidence. It is designed to prepare you to succeed on full Warwick qualifications. 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. Successful completion guarantees you a place on the University of Warwick’s BA (Hons) Social Studies Degree.


Our next Gateway course will start on 25 April 2017. Applications are now open. Click here to apply.

Day and time

Summer term: Tuesdays 10am-1pm (25 April - 1 August 2017)

Fee Free course. View potential additional fees.
Venue WCE0.10, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Westwood Campus, University of Warwick
Entry requirements Flexible entry requirements, consideration given for non-traditional qualifications, work and life experience. Applicants are normally interviewed by the course selector.
Length 15 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 Univesity 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.


Steve Gascoigne Dr Steve Gascoigne