Fresh Start

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You're eager to enhance your career but may feel a lack of degree is holding you back. You're motivated and want to make the exciting leap into higher education and potentially a new direction in business or law, but haven't studied at this level before. Fresh Start is for you.

Cassie Jones Find out how ARU's Fresh Start course can benefit you

Meet your course leader

Course leader Cassie Jones talks about ARU's Fresh Start course

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Study at an award-winning university

We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Fresh Start is an intensive two-week course to prepare you for degree-level study at ARU by letting you experience it, while opening the door to the possibilities a degree could bring in enhancing your career and your future prospects.

If you haven't studied for a few years and have no A Levels, that's no problem. Our team will provide guidance and support throughout to build not just your academic knowledge, but also your study and employability skills. Our academic staff are on hand to guide you through the theoretical aspects of the course.

The course runs over two weeks, usually starting in June or November, using online learning.

Course options

Course options

Our next Fresh Start course is a weekend course running on 18 - 20 November 2022.

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Facilities and accreditation

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Opportunities and support

On ARU's Fresh Start course you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Experience degree-level study before you apply for a Bachelors course
  • Build your academic knowledge, study skills and employability with support and guidance from our expert staff
  • Meet and share your experiences and ambitions with students in a similar position to yourself


This course is called Fresh Start because that's what it could give you...a fresh start and a positive future. Your lack of formal qualifications will no longer be a barrier as this course is designed to help you into degree-level study at ARU, to help you formalise the work experience you have gained throughout your career and to help boost you onto the next step.

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“ARUCPD enabled me to challenge myself and my abilities. Throughout the module I increased my leadership skills and the experience with my mentor was a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and advice. I found the whole experience inspiring!”


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Want to talk to someone?

Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.

We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

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Boost your career

Whether you're aiming to start a new career, advance in your current career, or return to study after a break, Fresh Start will give you skills, knowledge and confidence to help you study a business or law course at degree level.