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Open day offers adults first step to university study

Published on Monday, February 4, 2019

PEOPLE interested in university-level study but that do not have the traditional entry qualifications can find out about alternative routes at an open day this week.

Leicester Adult Education College, in Belvoir Street, will be holding an Access to Higher Education Open Day of Friday (8 Feb) from 10am until 3pm.

The free event will offer an introduction to the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The one-year course is aimed at adults who have been out of education for some time and have few or no formal qualifications.

People attending the event will be able to speak to staff and current students, find out about funding and explore options for courses to study. There will also be two short sociology taster sessions running at 11am and 1pm.

The college will also be offering two six week courses as in the coming months. A Taster in Social Science starts from Friday 1 March, and A Taster in Humanities begins on Friday 3 May.

The next Access to Higher Education Diploma course begins in September 2019.

Adult learner Diane Thomas began her Access to Higher Education Business Diploma at Leicester Adult Education College last September.

“I am ecstatic to have received offers already from all the universities I applied to,” she said.

“This course is hard work but so rewarding. I feel supported by my tutors and by the other students in the group I learn with.”

Jackie Mills, access to higher education programme leader at Leicester City Council’s Adult Skills and Learning Service, said: “The courses we offer area great opportunity to learn alongside other adult students. The programme is tailored to provide all the skills needed to prepare for a successful experience on a range of university courses.

“It offers a fast track for adults who want to go to university but might not yet have the necessary qualifications.”

For more information, contact Leicester Adult Education College on 0116 454 1900.