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Open College Network West Midlands Centres: Lifetime learning for all

Dimensions Training Solutions


Wendy Lomas, Training Manager at Dimensions Training Solutions (DTS), talks about a new partnership with Open College Network West Midlands to provide online Access to Higher Education provision that is opening new doors of opportunity for their learners.

“All Open College Network West Midlands staff are helpful and supportive and quick to respond to queries.  The application process was straight forward and Centre Approval was granted promptly.”  Wendy Lomas, Dimensions Training Solutions
We are an established private training provider with over 20 years’ experience. Each year, we support over 10,000 learners to complete a range of courses and recognised qualifications, including Access to HE Diplomas. We are a technology based training provider, using our in-house learning platform PEARL to underpin the delivery of all of our courses.

Open College Network West Midlands were recommended to us by a third party and we have found all staff are helpful and supportive, and are quick to respond to queries. The applications process was straight forward and centre approval granted promptly. Provision is of a high standard and allows for flexibility of delivery. Provision is regularly updated with centres contributing to any changes made, and to subsequent re-validations.

Our Access to HE provision provides learners with flexibility as it lets them work whenever and wherever they want using the online PEARL platform. Learners can start their programme at any time during the year and the increased flexibility helps learners to overcome time and financial constraints that they may experience in attending a traditional college environment. Information, advice and guidance is provided before learners commence their studies. We also provide support with the completion of UCAS applications. The use of  PEARL helps individuals to become familiar with independent study, which is perfect preparation for life as an under-graduate student at university.  Below, we have profiled the story of one of our learners, Shuma Miah:
Shuma Miah:

Shuma dropped out of her nursing degree in 2011 to start a family. After a few years, she wanted to return to education, but her university entry requirements had changed. Without the A-Levels needed to progress, Shuma looked for another option.  Shuma chose to study her Access to HE Diploma (Health) through us, because the programme is; “…flexible and I wanted to be able to complete it at my own speed.”  Since completing her Access to HE Diploma, Shuma was accepted as an undergraduate at Anglia Ruskin University studying a BSc (Hons) degree in Nursing – Adult, a degree that provides hands-on experience through clinical placements. 

“The course has been brilliant so far. My Access to Higher Education Diploma prepared me to give presentations, so I’m already more confident than other students”.  Shuma Miah
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