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Still time to apply for Access to Higher Education courses

Friday 14th August 2015

Those looking to improve their job prospects, change career direction or simply learn something new are being encouraged to take a look at Access to Higher Education courses at South Leicestershire College.

Available to everyone who is 19 and over, the College offers Access courses in Teaching, Humanities and Health Professions, starting this September and available to study on a full-time and part-time basis.  

Julia Hayes Access Lecturer at the College said: “It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last learnt something new or were on a course – there are lots of opportunities to start again as well as options to further your skills.  We have a great range of facilities, experienced tutors and a range of courses to make your learning experience manageable and enjoyable.”

Access course at South Leicestershire College helped Sharon see new options and follow her dreams.

Sharon Harrison, is a mum of five, who took the plunge back into learning to make a better life for her family and improve her career prospects.

She completed the Access to Nursing Diploma at South Leicestershire College (SLC) over two years, and is about to start a degree in Youth and Community Development Studies at De Montfort University.

Sharon left school at a young age with no qualifications.  After various jobs, she decided to take go back to college in order to fulfil her lifelong career goal of becoming a nurse.  Returning to learning aged 43, was a voyage of self-discovery for Sharon, opening up many opportunities to recognise her life experiences and skills, while learning new things about herself along the way.

Her experiences with raising two children with learning difficulties has led her to no longer pursue nursing, but instead change direction to Youth and Community Development Studies. An area where she can use her own experiences and knowledge to support young people with disabilities and mental health issues. Alongside caring for her family and studying for an intensive Access to Higher Education course, Sharon gives back to her local community through volunteering and can be found supporting young people and young adults in her local area through a youth charity.

Sharon said: “To make a better future for me and my family, I had to go back to learning, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster for me. I’ve been supported by my partner, my children, peers and the tutors at SLC, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Sharon also undertook courses in English, Maths, IT and Biology to brush up on her skills and knowledge. These courses, enabled her to help her children with their homework, help with her nursing course and gain qualifications to enhance her CV. 

Sharon added: “My advice to others who are thinking about going back to learning would be: You just have to go for it! The Access course was difficult and demanding, but I took everything on as a challenge, and wanted to carry on learning more and more - It’s all for your future!”

All courses are based at the South Wigston Campus, Leicestershire, LE18 4PH.

Find out more about Access courses here.

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