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Benefits of starting your studies in January

Most people think they can only begin their studies at the start of the academic year in September. However, we offer many courses with start dates in January. Beginning your studies in January offers you a wide variety of perks that you might not have considered. Below, you’ll discover our top reasons to start studying in January.

By Cara Fielder. Published 14 November 2022. Last updated 21 March 2023.

Broaden your horizons

A January start date gives you a break from your studies without having to delay them for a whole year. You can use this time for recuperation, travel, volunteering, work experience or employment. These experiences could bolster your CV and help you once you’ve finished your studies.

Less university competition

With fewer students starting their studies in January, there’s less competition for places on courses which means you stand a better chance of securing your place

Less job competition

Starting your course in January means you’ll graduate at a different time from most students. This could mean less competition when applying for jobs. You’ll hit the job marketing at a quieter time, allowing you a higher chance to stand out from the crowd.

Don’t get behind

Don’t let the traditional educational year hold you back from progressing sooner. With a January start, you don’t need to wait until September, you can follow your dreams right away.

New year’s resolution

Is enhancing your education or changing your career part of your new year’s resolution? Then get stuck in immediately with a course that starts in January.

Changing your mind

Did you begin your studies in September and quickly realise it’s not the right course or university for you? Don’t wait a whole year to change. We make it easy for you to transfer and study with us this January, whether you need a change of location or course or both.

A fresh mindset

January is the perfect time for new beginnings. New year, new start, new you. With a new year and a new outlook, we’ll support you to realise your career aspirations.


Take that first step towards your ambition by studying a course with us this January.