Bath College is now offering a wide range of Access to Higher Education courses as well as over thirty Undergraduate degrees, with students ageing from 19-60 being invited to get involved.
Bath College Undergraduate courses are open to all, and enable you to realise your ambitions whilst receiving expert support from tutors.
Sian Brady is currently studying to become a nurse at the College. She said: “Doing the course at Bath College part time allows me to be a mum and work and study.
“All the teachers at the College are very supportive and I recommend any parent thinking of changing careers or wanting to go to university to do the Access to HE course.
“I’m finding the course very enjoyable and have met mums just like myself. I am looking forward to a completing my course and getting the qualifications I deserve.”
Bath College Principal, Laurel Penrose, has encouraged parents to study at the College because staff can support students. “Higher Education is an important part of our work at Bath College and our Undergraduate students add to the diversity that makes the College such a special place.
“Here at Bath College we pride ourselves on the support we provide to our students and we have a very simple purpose; that is to help people.
“We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.”
Kelly Sheppard had been a stay-at-home mum for ten years while doing the admin and accounts for her husband’s business but has now gained a place at the University of Bristol to study Molecular Medicine after doing an Access to HE course at Bath College.
She decided to apply to the access course after years of regretting the decision not to pursue sciences after GCSE level.
“I found out from a family member who was returning to education that I could obtain funding for the course and decided to take the plunge. I had applied for many entry level jobs within research and had been unsuccessful.
“Now I’m so glad this was the case because it pushed me to go and get a degree level qualification. It’s an extremely intense course, but it has really boosted my confidence and opened my eyes to what I can achieve.”
Ellen Moore, who has just gained places at multiple universities to study Midwifery, said: “I highly recommend undertaking the Access Course, it has allowed me to realise my potential and inspired me to further my goals and aspirations.
“The course is perfect for fitting into your family needs and all the lecturers are incredibly supportive. Prior to the course I was concerned how I would cope with study and children, but it is doable and prepares you for university.
“I have been lucky enough to achieve offers from universities I never imagined I would, truly the best decision I have made.”
For more information about Access Courses at Bath College, click here.