are designed for people who have been out of education for some time but want a career change, or a step back into work after family commitments.
Henley College is running a fast track Access course
starting in January.
Advanced Learning Loans can help pay for your course and, what's more, if you complete your degree, your Access course
loan is written off.
So why don't academics offer these invaluable prerequisites to students who have just finished their GCSEs as universities react favourably to a student who has gained an access course
to higher education?
She adds: "I'm indebted to my tutors on the access course
who inspired me and I hope other people can be inspired to go into education during this very difficult time.
You can tag your CBT onto the start of a Direct Access course
so that you can go from no experience to a superbike in one week.
ADULTS using special back-tostudy access courses
prior to higher education are more likely to secure top degrees than their younger counterparts.
Stow have the most extensive range of Access courses
Martin plans following that with a one-year access course
to equip him for a social work degree course.
Clare, aged 28, followed the college's access course
in childcare and plans to take up a degree course in midwifery.
Carrie Akrill, a mature student with a young family, completed the Access course
with the college and is now studying a BA (Hons) English degree at the University of Leicester.
Success rates on the Access course
at Fircroft are significantly higher than the national average and the majority of students who successfully complete the course go straight to university, others change career and most describe Fircroft as a "life-changing experience.