Thousands of students are starting college this September, and it’s not just school leavers who are taking the next step towards their dream job.
Adults looking to upskill in their role or retrain for a whole new career are coming to Middlesbrough College to benefit from its industry-leading facilities and tutors who are helping them gain the qualifications they need to excel.
And the College’s Access to Higher Education Diplomas offer a flexible and affordable stepping stone to university study.
These one-year qualifications are perfect for those wanting to progress to Higher Education but don’t have the entry requirements.
They are perfect for mature learners who may have been out of education for a while, with small class sizes delivered in a supportive, friendly environment.
There are 14 pathways to choose from, ranging from engineering to health. Courses are delivered on a part-time basis to fit around work or family commitments and there is also the option to study Access to Health 100% online, through this popular distance learning programme.
The wellbeing of students’ continues to be the College’s number one priority, which is why they’ve implemented a range of measures in preparation for September, to ensure their campus is covid-secure.
One student who made a life changing move is former car saleswoman Sophie Gilmour.
The 24 year-old from Redcar is now fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a qualified dentist, after being given a conditional offer to study Dentistry at the University of Manchester on completion of her Access to HE Diploma in Science.
Sophie said: “This was definitely the right course to get me to where I need to be. I wake up every day and I’m so excited to come in to College - the course is really interesting and Middlesbrough College is a fantastic place to study. My tutors are so friendly and they want you to do your best.
“My advice to anyone considering coming back into education is to just go for it! You have nothing to lose but everything to gain.”
Another student who has moved onto university study following their Access Diploma is Tony Gardiner.
The 54 year-old from Darlington is now studying for a Sociology degree at Durham University following successful completion of his Access to HE Diploma in Humanities.
Tony said: “I would 100% recommend studying for the Access to Higher Education Diploma. I have to say that the teaching is outstanding, the course really developed my skill set and prepared me well for University.
“My advice to anyone considering coming back into education is to do it! I’m now so much happier within myself both mentally and financially. Don’t look back on your life and regret not doing something - just go for it!”