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Part-time access course offers adults fast track to university

Published on Monday, September 4, 2023

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Adult learner

PEOPLE who need a degree qualification to pursue their career aspirations can now join Leicester Adult Education’s Access to Higher Education course on a part-time basis.

The access course fully prepares students for university study, provides enough UCAS points to replace the traditional A level entry requirements and also includes support to apply for university courses.

Access diplomas are offered in social sciences and businesses studies. Previous students have received university offers on courses ranging from accountancy, counselling and business management to criminology, psychology and law.

Leicester Adult Education now offering it business access course on a part-time basis to help working adults balance their job with study. The part-time course starts on Monday 23 October and runs on Monday and Wednesdays evenings, from 5pm-9pm, at Leicester Adult Education College on Belvoir Street.

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.”

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 Access to Higher Education Foundation course and a range of supporting courses in maths, English and ICT.

Advanced Learner Loans are available to cover the cost of course fees.

Leicester Adult Education are holding two final open days in September to allow people to visit the college, learn more about the courses and ask any questions. Open days take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday 7 September (9.30am-6.30pm)
  • Thursday 14 September (9.30am-6.30pm) 

Anyone interested in beginning an Access to Higher Education course will be invited to undertake an informal assessment to help decide which course is most suitable. This must be booked in advance and will take up to one hour.

Alternative arrangements can be made for anyone unable to attend the planned sessions.

Please call 0116 454 1900 to book onto an open day or to learn more about the Access to Higher Education courses.

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.”

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