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Never too late to learn – Banbury and Bicester College students celebrate Access to Higher Education exam success

A group of motivated Banbury and Bicester College learners are celebrating achieving the grades they need for university or a major shift in career after receiving their Access to Higher Education results today, 1 August.

18 students from Activate Learning’s Banbury and Bicester College are receiving results for the programme, a fast-track way for people who want to transform their lives through education, but who do not already have recognised qualifications. 

Gemma Allcott from Shipston-on-Stour is celebrating 39 distinctions and six merits after receiving an Access to HE Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery. Gemma is planning to study Adult Nursing at Oxford Brookes University.

Gemma says: “I could not recommend the Access to HE more, it is a fantastic insight into academic life. For someone that had not been in education for 15 years it helped me to uncover some rusty skills!

“The subjects were relevant, insightful and a pleasure to learn. The tutors at Banbury and Bicester College deliver content in an interactive, informative and professional way that is catered for everybody’s learning style.”

Chloe Hope from Brackley studied for an Access to HE Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery, achieved 33 distinctions and 12 merits. She has been offered a place to study Midwifery at Bournemouth University. Chloe says: “I have just got over what I need to get into university. I am really relieved, I am so happy!”

Simone Baker from Brackley now has the qualification she needed to advance her career. Simone said: “I will be studying to become a social worker at Ruskin College. I am looking forward to it now!”

An Access to Higher Education is equivalent to three A-Levels and acts as a gateway to university. Although the programme is intensive, it is structured to help learners who may be juggling other commitments, such as childcare, to get the most from their studies. Activate Learning offers Access to Higher Education pathways in arts, business, science and nursing and social sciences across their Banbury, Reading and Oxford campuses.

Paul Emberlin, Faculty Director, Delivery, A-Levels and Access said. “Our Access to HE programmes offer a second chance to people who, for whatever reason, may have missed out on going to university at 18. We are especially proud of these learners as they exemplify the Activate Learning philosophy of using the brain, emotions and motivation to fulfil their potential.

“By starting this pathway with us, our Access to HE learners took the first, important step to transforming their lives. Now that they are receiving their diplomas, we wish them all the best as they continue their studies at university and progress on to new, exciting careers.”

The Access to Higher Education Diploma comprises of 60 credits, of which 45 are graded and 15 ungraded. A distinction is the highest grade, followed by a merit and then a pass. Tarriff points, or credits for each grade, are also allocated and can be used for university offers.

If you would like to know more about our Access to Higher Education Diploma programmes, please visit www.activatelearning.ac.uk/access-to-he or contact Activate Learning on 0800 612 6008.