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Chance to explore alternative routes into university education


PEOPLE who are interested in studying at university but who don’t yet have the entry qualifications can find out about alternative routes at a series of open days.

Leicester Adult Education College, in Belvoir Street, is holding the events to promote its popular Access to Higher Education courses.

The open days will offer an introduction to courses that can offer a fast track for people who have been out of education for some time and have few or no formal qualifications.

Access diplomas are offered in social sciences and businesses studies and previous students have received university offers on courses ranging from accountancy, counselling and sports coaching to criminology, psychology and law. A pre-diploma access course in business studies in also offered.

The next Access to Higher Education courses begin in September 2021.

Katie O’Meara, who is currently studying on an Access to Higher Education course, said: “Before enrolling on the course last September, I had no career ambitions and I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be going to university.

“The support I am getting is amazing. I have recently received university offers for each course I applied for and my firm choice has been accepted. I now know what career I want to go into and my focus is set for my future. I would definitely recommend the Access to Higher Education course as it could  be the start of a new chapter.”

Clare Luvaglia-Gori, curriculum co-ordinator at Leicester Adult Education College, said: “The access courses we offer are a great way to learn alongside other adult students and get the skills, confidence and qualifications needed to prepare for a successful next step into university education.

“Our open days are a chance for people way to get a taste of the courses and subjects available, hear from staff and students and find out more and funding and fees.”

Two covid-secure information events will be held at the college on the following dates:

  • Thursday 20 May
  • Thursday 17 June

An online open day will also be held – on Microsoft Teams – on Thursday 3 June.

All sessions run from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Places must be booked in advance.

Alternative arrangements can be made for anyone unable to attend the planned sessions and more online open days can be arranged if there is demand.

There will also be opportunities to find out more about Access to Higher Education courses at the Leicester Adult Education College summer open days due to be held on every Thursday in July.

For more information, or to make a booking, visit

Alternatively, call Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service on 0116 454 1900 or email