Access to HE Student Lauren Howell
Twenty-three-year-old Lauren Howell already has two A Levels but knew that she needed a further qualification to enable her to study English Literature and History of Art at university and eventually become a teacher.
Lauren applied for an Access to Higher Education course – which bridges the gap between existing education and what is required to study at degree level – but on the advice of tutors enrolled for the one-year part-time Pre-Access to HE course to improve her maths skills first.
Lauren said: “The course is challenging but college has made studying easy and I can fit it in around my job as a barmaid. I was worried that it would be like school but we’re treated like adults by the tutors and taught in a totally different way.
“My maths has really improved and I’ve also developed organisational skills and learnt about time management, revision, and referencing which will be important when studying at university
“It’s not possible to miss the chance to go to university – there’s lots of support to help you get there and when you’re older the life experiences you have can really help you with your studies. “
After completing the Pre-Access course Lauren intends to progress to the one-year Access to Higher Education course in September and then apply to university.