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Access to HE Case Studies

Emma Byrne - Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health)
 
Emma studied her Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) at Halesowen College. In this case study, she talks about her experience and the advantages of studying an Access to HE Diploma.
 
"I feel that the Access to Higher Education Diploma has helped me prepare for future studies at university by providing an insight into what will be expected of me as a Higher Education student. Through the help provided by those who have taught me and the peers I have studied with, I have been able to think about what university life will be like and has helped me to realise how important it is to organise my workload and to be strict with my plans.
The course has certainly helped me to change the way I study and has helped me to learn to adapt myself to different needs of the course and the different teaching skills I experienced."
 
Emma successfully completed her Diploma and was one of the AVA's Learner Award Winners for 2018, being recognised for her outstanding commitment to study. Emma will be progressing onto University to study a BSc (Hons) in Children's Nursing. In the future, Emma aims to progress in her chosen career and achieve her dreams of becoming a neonatal nurse. Open College Network West Midlands congratulates Emma on her success and wishes her the very best for the future.
 
 
 
Keeley Goddard - Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences)
 
Keeley studied her Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences) at Halesowen College. In this case study, she talks about her experience and the advantages of studying an Access to HE Diploma.
 
"The Access to HE Diploma prepared me in many ways for university. Firstly, by teaching me how to write academically as before attending college I was unable to do so, and I will need this skill when completing work for an undergraduate course. Secondly, my tutor taught me how to Harvard reference independently without using engines such as 'citethisforme'. I believe this will immensely benefit me at university, as I can spot if a reference has been cited properly and confidently reference all my academic writing. I have also learnt many other skills such as how to make and present a presentation, how to cope in timed assessments, how to evaluate the points I make and how to take notes during lectures.
 
Other than the educational aspects listed above this course has massively improved my confidence. I started the Access to HE Diploma with little to no confidence in myself and my educational abilities. After receiving such good grades and feedback this began to grow and continued to grow with encouragement given to me by the amazing staff I worked with. The experience has made me enjoy education again by sparking my interests in Psychology with interesting lessons and discusssions."
 
Keeley successfully completed her Diploma and was one of the AVA's Learner Award Winners for 2018, being recognsied for her outstanding achievement. Keeley will be progressing onto Aston University to study a BSc in Psychology and later plans to complete a masters degree before embarking on a career in Psychotherapy. Open College Network West Midlands congratulates Keeley on her success and wishes her the very best for the future.     
 
 
 

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