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Flying Start: Settling into your higher education studies

‘It’s really good to know there will be support’ (Flying Start attendee, 2020)

Every year, the B&FC Higher Education Learning Mentors run Flying Start workshops to help higher education students get ready for the next step of their study.

Our half-day Flying Start workshops include guidance on thinking skills, informal group discussions and resources to take away.

All students who have applied for a B&FC higher education course, plus those students who are moving up to level 5 or 6, are invited.

Develop your skills and confidence

We’ve worked with thousands of B&FC students with different experiences, backgrounds and other commitments to help them develop their skills. No matter what your situation is, we have a workshop for you:

It’s been so long! Mon 5 September 9.30am-12.30pm

This is for you if: 

  • You’re returning to education after a long break and want to build your confidence about feeling like you belong at B&FC 

We’ll cover: 

  • The basics of academic writing 
  • Getting into good study habits 
  • How to use the skills you already have at B&FC 


Moving higher: Tues 6 September 9.30am-12.30pm

This is for you if: 

  • You’ll be moving on from an FE course at B&FC 

We’ll cover: 

  • The difference between FE and HE assignments 
  • How to be a model HE student 
  • Reflecting on your skills 


The working student’s guide to HE study: Wed 7 September 6-9pm 

This is for you if: 

  • You’re planning to work alongside study 
  • You’ve applied for an apprenticeship or PGCE course 

We’ll cover: 

  • Workload management 
  • Using the workplace in your assignments 
  • Being a student and an employee 


Next level at B&FC: Thurs 8 September 9.30am-12.30pm

This is for you if: 

  • You’re partway through your HE course 

We’ll cover: 

  • Using feedback for success 
  • Developing critical skills to improve grades 
  • Refining referencing and research 


The international student’s guide to HE study: Fri 9 September 9.30am-12.30pm

This is for you if:

  • You’re going to be learning English as a second language alongside your HE course 

We’ll cover:

  • The basics of academic English
  • Editing skills
  • Time management

What to do next

If you’re interested in attending, just fill in this short form telling us which session you’d like to attend and we’ll be in touch with booking details nearer the time. If more than one session applies to you, then pick the one you’d find most useful. There will be some overlap, so there’s no need to come to more than one.  

If you like the look of our sessions but can’t attend, please let us know on the booking form and we’ll find another time to meet with you and help you prepare for your course. 

Meet other students and the B&FC Partners for Success

Flying Start workshops give you the chance to chat to other people on your course and to meet the teams who will help you along your higher education journey. Student Support and Wellbeing, Careers and Finance and the Digital and Learning Resources Team are always ready to speak to you during or after the workshops to make sure that you have everything ready for the year ahead.

Find out why 95% of students said they would recommend Flying Start

Students who come to Flying Start always have lots to say about how much it helped them:

‘I found them very useful. I have taken lots of notes that will definitely help me. Lots of information and learning new ways to study.’

‘I have found the Flying Start sessions very useful and helpful as I`m returning to education after a long absence.’

‘I found it easier to do it online […] I took every single one as I could juggle kids and class. Found I learnt some study skills and improved my grammar skills.’

Tell us what you’d like

We’re always looking for new ideas about how we can help you succeed. If there’s a topic you think would be useful and you’d like us to consider delivering, just drop us a line at