Learners Access Higher Education Courses
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
It was an evening of celebration last week at Seevic College, Benfleet, as learners from the Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma completed their studies.
Learners on the Access to HE Diploma collected their certificates from Sarah Chamberlain, Assistant Principal at the college, with their friends and family cheering them on.
The Access to HE Diploma is a one year course for adult learners who thought a careers which requires 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.
Learners at the college have studied a range of pathways in Business & Law, Health & Related Professions, Humanities & Social Science, Social Work and Teaching.
Tracey Page, Curriculum Manager for Access to Higher Education, said “It fills me with pride to see the learners collect their certificates; it represents a great deal of effort. It is certainly not a course for the faint-hearted but it is life changing.”
Patrice Collins, 30 from Canvey Island, studied the Health & Related Professions pathway and achieved Distinctions in every unit. She said “I applied for the Access to Higher Education Diploma because I didn’t feel that I was fulfilling my potential in my work life.
“My son had issues with motor skills so I was inspired to take the course and pursue my career in Occupational Therapy. It is a full-on course, especially if you have kids, but you can do it; you feel like you have really achieved something at the end.”
Patrice is going on to study Occupational Therapy at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Other learners this year have gone on to study a wide range of degrees including Nursing, Midwifery, International Relations, History, Geography, Literature, Criminology, Social Work and Teaching.
Learners aged 19 or over, who wish to study from September 2016, may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of the course. The best part of all is that learners could get their loan written off by the government if they go on to complete a Higher Education qualification.
The course can also be taken part-time over two years.
Find out more about our Access to Higher Education Diploma.