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
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