Online Bridging

Overview (NV)
Course length
1 Semester


If you have completed a Foundation Degree or a HND, you may wish to study for one extra year in order to achieve a BA (Hons) or a BSc (Hons). However, although you may have successfully achieved a Foundation Degree or a HND, you may not have achieved enough credits to progress directly onto the final year of a BA/BSc (Hons). If this applies to you, then our online bridging programme will give you the opportunity to complete an extra 20 or 40 credits to enable you become eligible for the final year of a BA (Hons) or a BSc (Hons). 

The course is taught online and has been developed to offer an authentic sense of community using a blend of communication tools including “real-time” online conversations and activities and web-based/email delivery. Face-to-face contact with module staff and personal tutors is facilitated using web-conferencing software; and students are offered training to become familiar with the software before the course begins. 

Why should I study this course?

  • As an online course, it has a flexible approach to learning, which enables you to enhance your knowledge and skills whilst maintaining full or part-time employment.
  • Online bridging enables you to achieve the extra credits needed to progress onto the final year of BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons).
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & Assessment 

The bridging course is delivered online therefore you will not be required to attend lectures at UCB.  You will be required to engage with online learning and teaching materials for a minimal number of hours for each module.

All modules include “live” webinar sessions where students can meet module teaching staff; online video/text discussion forums where students can meet and work together; a minimum of three “live” classroom sessions (which will be video recorded for posterity); and weekly interactive learning and teaching content.

Each student will receive one formal academic tutorial per semester with their individual tutor. 

Individual study

You will need to allocate a minimum number of study hours per week, although in some weeks the amount of time may extend beyond this particularly when you are engaged in completing assessments. The Canvas Virtual Learning Environment provides 24 hour, 365 days a year access to learning and teaching materials.


The course employs a variety of approaches to assessment which encourage you to demonstrate your strengths in a number of different ways. (Assessments employ a diverse range of technologies and students are offered pre-tutoring in the use of such technologies during induction). Assessment is 100% coursework based and encourages reflection on practice to facilitate the application of theory to practical contexts.

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry Requirements 

40 Credits Online Bridging is for applicants who have achieved 200 or 210 credits

20 Credit Online Bridging is for applicants who have achieved a credit score of 220 or 230 and have a grade profile of less than 50%

If you have any queries, please email:

Modules (NV)


If you are applying to study one 20 credit module then you will need to choose just one of the modules listed below. If you are applying to study two 20 credit modules to gain 40 credits in total then you will need to choose two of the modules listed below.

Reflection for Employability Understanding Research Professional Communication and Design (Flexilearn)
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.


Tuition Fees (NV)

Tuition Fees

Can I still get Student Finance for Online Bridging?

You will NOT receive any Student Finance whilst you are studying this. This is because the module(s) you study on the bridging course do not form a qualification, but simply allow you to gain enough credits to progress onto the final year.  You will therefore need to be prepared to support yourself for living costs for the period of time you are studying these modules and you will need to be able to pay the fees for studying the bridging course. The cost of this course will be as follows:

  • 1 module on the bridging course - £300
  • 2 modules on the bridging course - £600

You can pay for your bridging course fee in 2 instalments, however, you must pay the first instalment before you can be enrolled on the course. The dates of the instalments are dependent on your start date: 

Payment September 2019 Intake February 2020 Intake April 2020 Intake Instalment
Payment 1 20th September 2019 February 2020 3rd April 2020 50%
Payment 2 22nd November 2019 10th April 2020 5th June 2020 50%

You can find information on the Bridging Programme relating to its policy, payment, enrolment dates and contact details here

How to pay your tuition fees

Tuition fees can be paid using the following methods:

  • In person at the 1st Floor Finance Office in the Summer Row building, by cash, cheque, and most major credit/debit cards. Cheques should be made payable to UCB.
  • Over the phone on 0121 232 4017 using most major credit/debit cards.
  • Online by visiting the online payments section of our website.
  • Directly into the University’s bank account. Please telephone 0121 232 4017 or email for the University’s bank account details.
  • Once you have made a payment, please contact Sunny Mehan on 0121 232 4011 or in the Finance Office, so that you can be enrolled onto the course. Alternatively you can visit the Finance Office in person to notify us that you have made a payment. For more information about the Online Bridging Programme relating to its policy, payment and enrolment dates please email the Admissions team: