Summer Head Start Programme - 2017/18 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

Course Code:

3 weeks

City Centre

This course runs on the following dates:

This course runs from 27 September to 12 October 2017 – see timetable for details 

If you're about to start your degree or enter your second year or Masters then this course may be exactly what you need to develop your academic skills.

Nursing students

Headstart Academic Writing and Headstart Academic Skills have been added to your classes in October so you do not need to attend the ones at City Centre Campus.

Established in 2004, the Head Start Programme is a free opportunity designed primarily for incoming first year UK students who want to get ahead. Postgraduate and international students are also welcome to attend. These courses (Head Start: Your First Assignment or Head Start Maths) are your chance to learn about and enhance these skills before your new academic year begins.

Head Start: Your First Assignment

This course runs at City Centre Campus and covers academic writing and academic skills.

You can book a space in one or both of the classes by using the iCity Events system.

Head Start - Maths

This course is an online pre-sessional course with additional lab-based workshops during term time.

For the pre-entry online Maths course – please email your student ID to to enrol on this course. The online material will be available from mid-September.

For the Maths classes – booking will be available on iCity Events after 11September.

Some comments from Head Start course students:

"It was a great course, but additionally it gave you an early insight/introduction to University. I felt I greatly benefitted, and I was assured I had help in the future."

"Yes, it was a good taster for uni, it really helped!"

"It was very helpful and it refreshed the academic memory after a long break from college!"

"The course was very valuable to me as I was returning to education and had not covered these topics during secondary education. The course on the whole was presented really well by interesting and knowledgeable lecturers. It covered everything you need to know to study."

For further details or queries, please email

Course Details

Head Start: Your First Assignment

Academic Skills

You can learn more about how your study skills can be improved before dealing with the workload of your course. The session will cover:

  • Making changes
  • Time management and organisation
  • Getting the most from lectures
  • How to proofread and edit.
Academic Writing

To get the highest marks it is essential to learn and understand the academic writing rules. The session will cover:

  • The key rules of academic writing
  • Researching
  • Planning
  • Academic language
  • Structure.
Session Date Room Booking
Academic Writing 27 September, 2-3pm Millennium Point 452 (Lecture theatre) Book
Academic Skills 28 September, 2-3pm

Curzon 087 (Lecture Hall)

Academic Skills 4 October, 2-3pm

Millennium Point 452 (Lecture Theatre)

Academic Writing 5 October, 2-3pm

Curzon 087 (Lecture Hall)

Academic Skills 11 October, 2-3pm

Millennium Point 452 (Lecture Theatre)

Academic Writing 12 October, 2-3pm Curzon 087 (Lecture Hall) Book

Head Start Maths

The online part of the course is available through our online learning environment, Xoodle, and uses a mixture of slide shows, quizzes and online activities. Some of the activities will be provided via the Manga High website (you will be given a log-in id once your application is accepted). You do not need any special software or equipment to access the course.

27 September

Room: MP150

4 October

Room: MP150

11 October

Room: MP150

12 - 1pm         

Head Start Numeracy workshop


Head Start Numeracy workshop


Head Start Algebra workshop


Numeracy topics available for study on the course:

  • Calculation strategies (including long division and multiplication)
  • Positive and negative numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals and Percentages
  • Rounding and Estimation
  • Indices and Unit Conversions.

Algebra topics available for study on the course:

  • Introductory Algebra (collecting terms, simplifying expressions)
  • Using Brackets
  • Solving Equations
  • Using Formulas
  • Applications of Numeracy and Algebra.

The one-hour workshops will be led by one of our experienced maths tutors who will introduce and assist with using the online course materials.

Please note, this course is for students studying a wide variety of subjects and doesn't cater specifically to any one group.

Application Details

 You will need your student email address and password (after you have completed your enrolment) to access the university iCity system.

The links for booking spaces are available in the ‘Course details’ section.

Click on the relevant link on the timetable, log in and then confirm your place.

 If you need to cancel your booking, please email the relevant contact:

Head Start: Your First Assignment –

Head Start: Maths –

Maths Online

The online part of this course will be accessible from Monday 11 September.

To book a place, please email your name, degree and Student ID number to

Fees and Finance

There is no fee for this course.


For further information about this course please contact the Centre for Academic Success:

Phone: +44 (0)121 331 7685