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.
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?
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.
It's good to get recognition for access courses
but I feel odd its just me because it's a team effort and lots of other people should get credit too.
A ACCESS courses
help those without formal qualifications or study experience into the teaching profession.
are designed to provide a broad foundation of knowledge in a given area of study.
Drivers can access courses
through a laptop computer and start their courses at any time, but they must complete the study work within the 16-week period to receive credit and reimbursement.
With more courses being added each year, along with a growing range of access courses
, foundation degree and top-up degree programmes, those numbers only look set to increase.