Access to HE student Chris Kett
After doing his A Levels at the college when he left school, 24-year-old Chris Kett worked in a bank and did voluntary work with young people before returning to college to do an Access to Higher Education diploma (social sciences and social work pathway) to enable him to go to university and pursue his dream of becoming a social worker.
Having applied to do a BA in Social Work at the University of Birmingham, Chris found out about its Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme which offers financial support for students to help with tuition fees and – after completing an online assessment and assignment set by the university, as well as achieving the required grades for the degree – he was delighted to be awarded an A2B Scholarship awarding him £1500 per year for every year of the course.
Chris said: “It was a big step going back to college after a few years away from education but it was definitely the right thing for me as the Access course taught me so much and has really prepared me for studying at university.
“At the interview for the degree I was able to talk about what I’d learnt on the course and felt I was ahead of the game compared to other applicants who were there, and the skills I’d gained – such as research methods, time management, and how to tackle assignment questions – certainly helped with the A2B application too.
“I worked really hard during the year and was delighted to receive an offer for the degree course and over the moon when I found out I’d been awarded the Scholarship – I’ve been told that I’m the first student from the college to have been awarded it which makes me really proud of what I’ve achieved.
“I’ve shown that if you’ve got the will to succeed you’re never too old to pursue your dream. I’ve wanted to go to university for so long and I’m finally on my way – I’m really excited about it and looking forward to becoming a social worker in the future.”