Carl Thom, business advisor at Middlesbrough College, was Mandy's tutor while she studied on the access course
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.
"I was really interested in engineering when I was younger and I was excited to see it offered as an Access course
at Bournville College.
can be a more exciting alternative to traditional qualifications and can be tailored towards a variety of subject areas, and are flexible enough to fit around people's lifestyles and previous educational backgrounds.
Each year, almost 2,500 people in Wales, who missed out on earlier opportunities to go to university, undertake access courses
to get themselves ready for the challenges of higher education.
Successful completion of an Access course
guarantees students a place on a wide range of HNC, HND or university degree courses.
are designed to fit in with busy adult lifestyles.
The Bapco Centre of Management Excellence will allow candidates to access courses
, engage in on-line discussions and contact programme facilitators at any time, say officials.
Liverpool-born Usdaw general secretary John Hannett said: "Check Out Learning at Tesco Formby will offer our members the chance to access courses
that will change their lives.
Dr Hill, 31, says: "Access courses
are the most important part of education in the country, helping people who never thought they could do it.
A TEACHING is one of those professions where life skills and experience count for a lot and there are access courses
which shorten the entry process to teacher training.
The fact that adult education has gained a broader mission and become regarded as encompassing political and citizenship education, vocational training, general adult education and access courses
, and leisure courses presents an ambiguous challenge to the field.