When Holy Cross expanded into higher education, it's vision was to become a centre of excellence providing locally based education for undergraduates.
In partnership with Liverpool Hope, Edge Hill and Newman universities, student numbers at Holy Cross University Centre have swelled from around 50 to over 500, becoming a phenomenal local success story.
We offer BA & BSc (Honours) degrees, Foundation degrees and MA level study. Our range of courses and our partnership with the universities continue to develop in a forward looking, dynamic way, so this is an exciting time to join us.
Why don't you become part of our growing community of university students within a friendly local environment offering excellent teaching, IT and library facilities?
Our research has shown that 78% of our students studied to advance their careers, but 63% were also studying for personal achievement. Many students simply wished to learn something new. For some, study was part of confidence building and a way to meet people and socialise.
The University Centre was established in 1999 and since then hundreds of students of all ages and backgrounds have completed their degree programmes, with a remarkable percentage of our students achieving first class and 2:1 degrees.
All taught sessions take place here at Holy Cross in the evenings, during the week, allowing you to fit studying around your other work and home commitments.
Some courses follow a 'blended learning' model with a lot of the work completed online from home. Many students find that this model of study fits well around their existing commitments.
Many of our students re-discover education later in life, and some decide to retrain for a career change. Whatever the reason, there's never been a better time to study at Holy Cross, with it's increasing range of higher education courses - and there really is no age barrier as some of our most successful students can testify.
Traditionally, younger students have attended universities away from home. However, changes to government funding of higher education mean that more and more younger students are choosing to study close to home to make studying an affordable option. Our increasing range of traditional and work-based courses makes "earning whilst learning" in Bury an attractive option for young people. The number of younger students choosing to study locally has increased significantly over recent years.
We are looking first and foremost for your potential to succeed, so you should come in and have a chat if you want to find out more, as entry qualifications are flexible and are always looked at individually. Some will come with A Levels, others with Level 3 vocational courses such as BTEC, NVQ, and GNVQ, others via an Access course or others again via an entrance assessment.
If you are interested in studying for a degree at Holy Cross and have any questions then please contact a Support Tutor at the University Centre on 0161 762 4513
Holy Cross has been a champion of Widening Participation since its establishment in 1878, one of the first Catholic educational institutions serving the whole community in Bury. Since this time, the theme of opportunity for all has remained a key component of the institution’s vision and is embedded throughout its activities. Following incorporation in 1991 the college expressly partnered with all the schools of Bury regardless of denominational character, and in 1999 we initiated our University Centre.
From the outset, widening access and improving participation in higher education has been a crucial part of our mission. Our aim is to promote and provide the opportunity of successful participation in higher education to everyone who can benefit from it. This is vital for social mobility and economic competitiveness and it is also integral to our ethos inherited from the Daughters of the Cross.
Holy Cross has an outstanding track record in Widening Participation being a provider of higher education for a diverse student body including:
First generation students
Students from low income families
Students from low participation neighbourhoods
We aim to make a significant and distinctive contribution to widening participation through a co-ordinated strategy of advice and guidance, targeted support and provision of entry routes.
We seek to encourage all students with potential to study at Holy Cross, without bias in regard to their educational, cultural, religious or financial background – and we have a range of support and advice to help all to engage with our courses. This includes considerable provision in study skills covering pastoral care, advice and guidance, to help those returning to education or coming from non-conventional routes into higher education.