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Winter University

A Winter University course will boost your confidence, may help you change career and could be your first step towards gaining a degree.

Winter University is coming soon

Our Winter University short courses will open for applications from November 2024. Winter University starts January 2025.

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If you have any questions then please contact us.

What is Winter University?

Winter University could be for you if you would like to:

  • return to study after taking a break from education
  • gain the qualification you need for a promotion
  • change career direction
  • enjoy the personal satisfaction of learning
  • meet the entry requirements for your course
  • revise the fundamental subjects in preparation for your degree studies.

Read the FAQs

How to apply

Click apply now on the course page. You can apply for multiple certificate courses on one application form (up to a maximum of 30 credits). Courses appear as University Certificate of Credit on the apply online tab. If you would like to change your selection or add additional courses after you have submitted your application, please email

Minimum requirements

As some of our Winter University courses are delivered online it is necessary that you have access to a computer and are comfortable using an online learning platform. You also need to have a strong internet connection. In addition to this, each course may have minimum hardware or software requirements, or equipment that you should have access to in order to fully engage with the course. Please check the 'entry requirements' tab on each course page before you apply.

What can I study?

Choose from a range of courses across many subject areas. Whatever your interests and ambitions, we have something for you.

We have a range of accredited courses for you to choose from - if you complete an accredited course, you receive a certificate of credit.

What support can I get?

If you choose to study an accredited course, you can access Student Services and receive support with financial matters, health and wellbeing, careers and counselling.
More about student support

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty and require support to attend a Winter University course, please email
More information about Disability Services.

How much will my course cost?

Each course costs £50.

Fees will be reimbursed if:

  • you pass your module and go on to enrol on a course of over 60 credits in September 2024 or January 2025.
  • you are a current Teesside University student and you successfully complete your Winter University course.

Age restriction

Due to the content and delivery of our Winter University courses, it is advised that applicants are aged 16+ at the time of enrolment.

If you are applying for an online course and are under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment, you must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form and send to after you submit your application.

If you are applying for an on-campus course - and are under the age of 16 you must be accompanied to your Winter University classes by a parent or a responsible adult to act in the capacity of a parent (in loco parentis). Your designated adult may need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Why I studied Winter University

How Ruth went from studying a Teesside University Winter University course, to a degree, to a PhD.

Frequently asked questions

Can I study more than one course?

Yes, you can complete up to three courses as long as they do not run at the same time.

I must complete a Winter University course as part of my offer. Do I have to apply for this?

Yes, all applicants that have to complete one of our Summer or Winter courses as part of their conditional offer must fill in the application form.

I have a conditional offer - do I have to pay?

No, applicants who are required to complete a Summer or Winter course as part of their conditional offer to enrol onto a degree programme with Teesside University are not required to pay.

Do you get UCAS points for completing these courses?

No, they do not have UCAS points attached. These are standalone courses that have 10 Level 4 / Level 3 University credits attached, which is something completely different to UCAS points.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes, once assessment marks have been agreed by the assessment board you will receive a certificate in the post. A digital record of progress will also be available.

Can I study online?

Some courses are offered via online learning. These all have (online) in the title and are listed separately from the on-campus courses.

How do I add additional modules to my application?

Please email to make changes to your application.

Do I have to attend all lessons?

Due to the intensity of the course, you are expected to attend all lessons. We advise missing no more than one lesson.

Will I get a student card?

Only new students on a on campus course need to upload a photograph. If you are a current student, you can use you current TUSC card. If you are applying for an online course, you will not receive a student card. Students studying an online course, that live locally, can request a TUSC card to access the library.

I am a current student, do I have to pay?

Yes, current students are required to pay for the course. If you are successful in passing the course assessment you will be refunded the course fees. Refunds are only issued after the assessment grades have been approved by the assessment board. Refunds for Winter University are normally processed in May and Summer University Refunds are in October.

Where do I go for enrolment?

Enrolment details will be sent to you at least a week before the course starts.

Can I attend the first lesson without paying to see if I like the subject?

Unfortunately not, we require payment for courses at least 72 hours in advance of you starting.

Is there any funding available to pay the course fees?

Our winter courses are not covered by student finance and so funding is not available. Courses are free if it is part of your conditional offer. Course fees will be refunded if you are current student and pass the course, or are an applicant and enrol on a degree programme worth 60 credits or more in the following year.

I don't like the course I've chosen, can I get a refund?

Once you have attended your first lesson refunds are not granted. It may be possible to transfer onto another course. Please contact us to discuss.

I would like to withdraw from my course, how do I do this?

Please email us first and then complete the intention to withdraw/interrupt your studies form on E Vision.

I have forgotten my password, can it be reset?

Please contact and include your student number.

I am studying an online course, and getting an authentication issue error message, what should I do?

Please follow the instructions provided as part of enrolment, if you still encounter issues take a screen shot of the error message and forward it to

Do I have to have IELTS?

If you are an international applicant that has not studied at a UK university before you are required to provide proof of English language proficiency. This can be IELTS 5.5, WAEC C6 or equivalent qualifications.

Can you help with Visa applications?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide support with Visa applications or provide CAS numbers or letters of admission for these courses.

What next?

Studying doesn't have to stop when your course ends. We hope our Winter University courses inspire you to continue your studies.

Book on one of our open days to find out what you can do after your course has finished.

More about our open days

Changes to courses

Teesside University reserves the right to change the advertised programme without notice. Running or continuing any course or class depends on having enough students enrolled and attending.


This is a general guide to Winter University and its courses and considerable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of information provided. Applicants are advised that developments after the guide has been published and the programmes have been completed may lead to omissions and inaccuracies in the course guide, for which the University disclaims legal liability. The information given in the course guide does not impose on the University any obligation to provide or to continue to provide, any course, module, tuition, assessment or amenity described in the course guide. For example, the University is under no obligation to offer a programme which has enrolled a small number of students. Similarly, the University retains the right to make reasonable changes in the curriculum content, method of teaching, form of assessment and location of some or all elements of a course. However, as far as possible, the University will consult the applicants or students affected before implementing significant changes; and although the University will not accept liability for any disruption to applicants or students caused by circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to fires, strikes (of its own or other employees), insurrection or riots, embargoes, requirements or regulations of any civil or military authority (as 'event of force majeure'), the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the impact of such interference with its ability to provide educational or other services.

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