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Balance work with study on a part-time access to university course

Published on Wednesday, November 22, 2023

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PEOPLE who need a business degree to pursue their career goals can start their journey to university on a new part-time access course.

Leicester Adult Education College, on Belvoir Street, is launching a new part-time Access to Higher Education course in business studies aimed at working adults who want to balance their job with study.

It will help fully prepare students for university study, provide enough UCAS points to replace the traditional A level entry requirements and include support to apply for university courses

The part-time course starts in January 2024 and will run until May 2025. Sessions will take place on Monday and Wednesdays evenings, from 5pm-9pm, at Leicester Adult Education College.

People can find out more about the course at an open evening taking place at the college on Wednesday 29 November, from 5.30-7.30pm. Tutors and past learners will be on hand to advice and information.

Places should be booked online at or by calling 0116 454 1900.

Rebekah Ardron, 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.”

Leicester Adult Education College currently offers access diplomas in business studies. Previous access to higher education students have received university offers on courses ranging from accountancy, business management, psychology and law.

The only entry requirement for a level 3 Access to Higher Education course is Level 2 English Functional Skills – the equivalent to a GCSE English pass grade.

For anyone not meeting the entry requirements, Leicester Adult Education College also offers a Level 2 Pre-Access to Higher Education Foundation course and a range of supporting courses in maths, English and ICT. This Pre-Access course starts on 8th February 2024 and finishes on 6th June 2024 (Thursdays, 9.30-4).

Advanced Learner Loans are available to cover the cost of Level 3 course fees and most low waged or unemployed people will be entitled to full fee funding for the level 2 course.

Katie O’Meara, from Braunstone, studied an Access to Higher Education course. At the end of the course, she said: “Before enrolling on the course, I had no career ambitions and I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be going to university.

“The support I had was 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.”