Essex Pathways

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Unlocking your potential

We believe a person’s potential is defined by an attitude of mind: a willingness to learn and collaborate. 

Our Essex Pathways department is a gateway to the University of Essex, helping students without standard entry requirements to grow in confidence, unlock their potential, and nurture their ambitions so they can progress in academic study.

We provide undergraduate pathway routes to degree courses at our University and equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed on your chosen course. From the very first moment you arrive, you will feel part of our community and have access to all the facilities our campus has to offer.

Our department welcomes applications from mature students. In the 2020 – 2021 academic year, the proportion of mature students on Essex Pathways courses rose by over 50% compared to the year prior. We offer a range of courses that may not require an Access Course or A-Levels to be eligible for and encourage applications from individuals with non-traditional qualifications.

We work closely with all other departments, schools and centres across the University, and guarantee that a place is secured on your chosen degree course as long as you successfully complete your course with us.

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Consolidate and develop your subject knowledge and academic skills
Collaborate with experts in their fields committed to supporting you in your studies
Create the future you want - starting now
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"Join our diverse student community and develop a critical and reflective approach to your study within a stimulating and supportive environment, working with friendly staff who are experts in their fields."
Dr Nilüfer Demirkan-Jones Head of Department Essex Pathways
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Attend an Open Day

Essex Open Days are a chance for you to see where you might be calling home. Chat with students and staff, tour our campuses and accommodation, listen to talks from academics and join a taster lecture.

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Get in touch with us

If you would like any more information about Essex Pathways or have a question you would like to ask, please complete this short enquiry form.

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Contact the Essex Pathways department
Telephone: (+44) 01206 872217