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Wakefield College’s Access to Higher Education courses open for 2019

Wakefield College’s Access to Higher Education courses are enrolling again for another academic year for adults wishing to gain a degree and change career.

For the past 30 years, Access to Higher Education courses have prepared people in the UK without traditional qualifications for study at university. Wakefield College’s specialist Access to Higher Education courses provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills for university study across a range of subjects and progress on to graduate jobs in areas such nursing, midwifery, social work, primary teaching, computing, creative and digital, management, law and many more .

The College’s Access to HE courses are a stepping stone for students over 19 to progress into Higher Education and professional occupations.

The one-year course is particularly suitable for those who haven’t studied A Levels, or who want to return to education and successfully complete a degree.

Wakefield College student Robert Murphy passed the Access to Higher Education course with distinction in 2018 and is now studying a degree in social sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Robert said: “I had been out of education for few years, but I always wanted to get a university education. As a mature learner, the Access to Higher Education programme at Wakefield College was the perfect platform to allow me to realise this ambition. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and the support and encouragement I received has been a huge help.”

Students can finance their course through the Government’s Advanced Learner Loan. Once students have completed a Higher Education course, Student Finance England will, in many cases, write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan debt, meaning that students do not have to repay it.

The flexibility of the course means that students can choose different pathways depending on the degree they are looking to study.  Previous students have gone on to careers in nursing, social work, teaching and other jobs in the arts and sciences.

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