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Studying for Your Degree

Studying for Your Degree


When Holy Cross expanded into higher education, its vision was to become a centre of excellence providing locally-based education for undergraduates. With our partnerships, student numbers at Holy Cross University Centre have swelled to over 300, becoming a phenomenal local success story.

We offer BA (Honours) degrees, Foundation degrees and postgraduate study towards PGCE Early Years and PGCE Primary degrees. Our range of courses and our partnership with the universities we work with, continues 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 outstanding teaching and student support alongside excellent IT and library facilities?

Why study at all?

Many students study to advance their careers, but many also study for personal achievement.  Some students simply wish to learn something new or challenge themselves.  For some, study is a part of confidence building and a way to meet people and socialise.

Excellent Results

The University Centre was established in 1999 and since then many hundreds of students of all ages and backgrounds have completed their degree programmes, with recent success including around a quarter achieving a first class honours degree and almost half achieving upper second class honours degrees. 

Evening Study in Bury

All taught sessions take place here at Holy Cross mainly 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 mode of study fits well around their existing

Think you're too old to study?

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.

Too young to study here?

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.

Why not?

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.

Further Questions

If you are interested in studying for a degree at Holy Cross College and have any questions then please contact a Support Tutor at the University Centre on 0161 762 4513

Potential course changes

We always seek to deliver each course in accordance with the information we provide when you apply to study at the Holy Cross University Centre.  However, there may be circumstances in which we need to make changes to / in relation to our courses and availability each year subject to recruitment.