Adult Students Access Higher Education

Friday, 14 July 2017

Access to Higher Education Certificate PresentationIt was an evening of celebration last week at the college as adult students from the Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma completed their studies.

Students on the Access to HE Diploma collected their certificates, in front of family and friends, from Dave Dolling, Vice Principal of Quality, alongside Jan Burton, Head of Learning for Access and Tracey Page, Programme Coordinator for Access.

The Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 course for adults who thought a degree had passed them by. It ensures that they are fully prepared for higher study, enabling them to apply to university. It is widely recognised by UK universities, and many actively encourage applications from Access to HE learners.

The course can be studied part-time over two years or full-time over one year.

Students at the college have the option of studying a range of pathways including Business & Law, Criminology & Social Science, Health & Health Related Professions, Humanities & Social Science, Social Work and Teaching.

Dave Dolling, Vice Principal of Quality at the college said “As someone who returned to Education as an adult, I completely appreciate the challenge of managing adult life pressures whilst studying.

“I am extremely impressed with the tenacity and resilience of our Access students to achieve such great results that will ensure they progress in their chosen field of work or study.

“I wish all the students who graduated this year the success they deserve”.

Molly Methven and Access to Higher Education StaffMolly Methven, 21 from Basildon, studied the Humanities & Social Science pathway.

She said “I’m very excited to have finished my course; I’ve actually got a qualification that gets me into university, which is all I have wanted to do!

“I feel more confident after completing the course and have learnt a lot including how to Harvard reference, which will be really helpful at university.”

Molly is going on to study BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing at Brighton University.

Other learners this year have gone on to study a wide range of degrees including Nursing, Teaching, Social Work and Sports Journalism.

Students aged 19-23, who have not completed a Level 3 course before may be eligible to study for free (subject to funding). For further information, contact Admissions on 01268 756 111.

Alternatively, adults over the age of 19 may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of the course, which will be written off by the government if they go on to complete a Higher Education qualification.

The college also offers FREE GCSE Maths and English to eligible applicants, as well as the Level 2 Pre-Access course, preparing adults for the Access to HE course.

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