University Centre FAQs

How long will it take me to get a degree?

For the majority of our honours degrees, it usually takes 3 or 4 years depending on whether you have chosen to study full-time or part-time. The length of a Foundation degree varies between 2 years and 3 years, with a once a week attendance requirement. Your initial advice interview with a Support Tutor will inform you of the particular details for specific degrees.

Can I afford to study for a degree?

Full and part time students from England do not have to pay their tuition fees upfront. If you are studying for your first degree or higher education course you can get a Government loan to cover your tuition fees.

You will begin to repay your loan in the April which falls four years after the anniversary of the start date of your course, even if you are still studying. But you will only make repayments if you are earning over £21,000 a year. If your course is shorter than four years, you will start to repay your loan from the April after your course has finished.

You will then repay 9% of your income above £21,000. The amount you repay depends on how much you earn, e.g. if your salary was £25,000, the 9% would apply to £4,000, meaning you would pay only £30 per month.

Repayments will be deducted from your salary through the tax system and any outstanding balance will be written off after 30 years.

For more information please discuss your options fully with a Support Tutor and check out for up to date details about student support.

When can I start?

Most of our degree programmes begin in late September / early October but some course may start in January or April. Please check with the University Centre for more information about this.

I've heard Holy Cross is a Catholic College. I have a different religion/no religion. How well would I fit in?

You will be made extremely welcome at Holy Cross. We encourage diversity, accepting and valuing all beliefs. We offer excellent facilities and a friendly, supportive environment for staff and students of all faiths and from all walks of life. The College provides the opportunity for each person to develop spiritually, morally and intellectually and welcomes students and staff of all faiths.

How do the facilities compare with studying at a main university campus?

Holy Cross offers excellent IT facilities and support which are available both in quality and quantity and these are available for use by students in the daytime and evening (Monday to Thursday).

We also have a well-stocked, modern Library and via the internet, we offer access to the library facilities at all our partner universities.

Students are also offered excellent pastoral support.

There is a coffee shop at Holy Cross which is open in the evenings from 3.30pm - 8.15pm. The coffee shop provides hot and cold drinks, hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, soup and specials of the day.

I'm not sure if I have the necessary qualifications to study for a degree, so can I still apply?

As part of our support system, we prefer to invite all potential students in for an informal discussion (Initial Advice) about their course choice, enabling the Support Tutor to best advise them, so that students join the course most suitable for their ambitions and aspirations.

Many students may have been out of education for a while, or have no formal qualifications. The Initial Advice enables Support Tutors to look for a student's potential to succeed at degree level. To that end, an alternative student entry paper may be appropriate for certain courses for applicants with related skills and experience.

For those who need extra study experience, it is worth considering an Access to Higher Education programme at a local further education college, Learn Direct National Tests in literacy and numeracy or GCSE equivalency tests in English, maths and science. Edge Hill equivalency tests are offered at Holy Cross (subject to numbers). Support Tutors will give further advice about suitable preparation study.

I am nervous about returning to learning. What support will I get?

At Holy Cross, we pride ourselves on the proactive support we offer to our students. You will be assigned a Support Tutor who will provide you with support, help, guidance and encouragement throughout your studies. Your academic subject tutors will also provide an appropriate level of support. Sharing the learning experience with other students will also help develop your skills and confidence.

How can I find out my career options when I have completed my degree?

Each of our partner universities has a career's service that you can contact for advice.
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How much time will I need to commit to study?

This tends to vary from individual to individual depending on your own learning style and skills. However, on average for part time study, as well as attending the taught sessions, you would be expected to complete 12 - 15 hours of independent study per week. For a full time course the expectation would be 30 - 35 hours study per week.

I am anxious about returning to academic study. How can I get help with this?

Lots of degree students are concerned about academic writing simply because it has been a long time since they have studied, so they lack the confidence or they have never been taught how to write in an academic style and lack the necessary skills, such as time management, researching, reading and note taking, structuring an essay and other relevant techniques.

Holy Cross University centre offers pre - course and on-course study skills and entrance preparation sessions which we recommend students attend if necessary.,

Who teaches on the courses?

Academic tutors from each of the universities travel to Holy Cross to deliver your programme.

Who studies at Holy Cross University Centre? Will I fit in?

Studying at a local centre like Holy Cross gives people of all ages and backgrounds, who may have work and family commitments, opportunities to continue learning and to develop personally and/or change their careers. All our staff are very friendly and make everyone feel welcome and at ease, so no-one has any reason to worry about embarking on a course.

How do I apply/find out more?

Contact Holy Cross University Centre on 0161 762 4513 to discuss your options with a Support Tutor or email