Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Ac­cess to Higher Ed­u­ca­tion course, and chal­leng­ing the norm in schools

The Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Ac­cess to Higher Ed­u­ca­tion course is the per­fect way to re­turn to your stud­ies

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If you left ed­u­ca­tion at 16, you might feel you have missed the chance to go on to study at col­lege or univer­sity. How­ever, the new Ac­cess to Higher Ed­u­ca­tion diploma gives peo­ple of all ages the chance to pur­sue their am­bi­tions. Run by Nor­folk Adult Ed­u­ca­tion, the diploma course is de­liv­ered by prac­tis­ing writ­ers, aca­demics and jour­nal­ists, and aims to in­tro­duce learn­ers to aca­demic, cre­ative and pro­fes­sional writ­ing and pre­pare them for higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Mother-of-four Lucy Did­well has just com­pleted the year-long course.

“I left school at 16 with no qual­i­fi­ca­tions and al­though I planned to go back to col­lege once I had my first child it never hap­pened. I have worked as a bar­maid for the past 15 years, but al­ways felt I could do more. I read about get­ting a 24+ Learn­ing Loan to pro­vide financial sup­port to en­able me to do the course and de­cided to go for it.

“It opened up a whole new realm of pos­si­bil­i­ties for me and I learned so much and was also re­minded of the knowl­edge and skills I al­ready had. I have al­ways been re­ally in­ter­ested in cre­ative writ­ing, so to have my work taken se­ri­ously by the pub­lished writ­ers teach­ing our course re­ally boosted my self-be­lief.”

Af­ter pass­ing the course, Lucy has now started a de­gree in English at City Col­lege Nor­wich.

“Long term, I would like to be a pub­lished writer, but I am also very in­ter­ested in teach­ing adult ed­u­ca­tion as well. The course has changed my life.” www.nor­folk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_­cul­ture/Adult_E­d­u­ca­tion

Adult Ed­u­ca­tion stu­dent Lucy Did­well

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