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Never too late to learn - Reading College students celebrate Access to Higher Education exam success

A group of motivated Reading 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.

Over 250 Reading College students 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.

Charlotte Jones said that it felt “amazing” as she celebrated a full house of top mark distinctions. Charlotte completed the Psychology Access to HE programme after having been out of education for 13 years and is now applying to study Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway University. Charlotte says that taking the diploma was “Well worth it. Everybody was so supportive and helpful.”

Jack Dunlop from Tilehurst was previously a chef, but successfully completed an Access to HE Legal Professions pathway and now has a conditional offer to study law at Reading University. Jack says “I’m so glad that I’ve done it, I’m so proud of myself. I’m in a better place now than I was a year ago.”

“I was lucky to go to Reading College and I couldn’t have done it without the teachers. Our tutor gave us a really good introduction to law and the statutory process …and the programme was perfectly constructed.”

Tracy Jacobs has a “passion” for nursing and now has the credits she needs for an Adult Nursing degree at Oxford Brookes University. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer during her Pre-Access course, she successfully underwent treatment while continuing her studies. Tracy says “My goodness, I can’t believe that I achieved 5 distinctions!”

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. Tariff 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 http://www.activatelearning.ac.uk/access-to-he or contact Activate Learning on 0800 612 6008.