CU Scarborough supports World Access to Higher Education Day

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CU Scarborough is celebrating the success stories of our Access to Higher Education students.

Wednesday 28 November 2018

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Back in 2015 a HEFCE report highlighted the Yorkshire Coast as one of the UK’s HE cold spots averaging just 23.3% of people with an NVQ level 4 qualification or above, compared with 34.4% nationally.

On the back of the report, CU Scarborough was launched in the town, and three years on its purpose-built campus has a body of students studying a range of career-focused subjects.

The institute, which is part of the Coventry University Group, offers a low-cost, flexible model of learning which fits around the lives of its students.

CU Scarborough is now sharing its success stories of how it is helping people go on to access higher education.

It offers a wide variety of access courses, giving those who may not have the conventional educational requirements to enter on to a higher education course the pathway to apply for a degree.


Teaching Triumphs

One tutor celebrating success is Melissa McLaughlin who works for CU Scarborough as a tutor in Health & Human Sciences on its access course.

Melissa recently featured on a STEM Learning website where she said:

A significant part of my current role is helping those that perhaps disengaged from education when they were younger. 

With our Access to Higher Education in Health and Human Sciences course, we have helped empower people from various backgrounds and ages return to education. 

We have seen significant growth in the numbers of female students returning to study who have now moved on to nursing, public health or biochemical degrees.

Melissa McLaughlin

Melissa McLaughlin, Health & Human Sciences tutor

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Student Success

Melissa’s student Rebecca completed an Access course last year and has now gone on to study nursing.  

The offer of a level 3 course within a university setting allowed her to make the leap to a full time degree in nursing, something she could not have considered a year ago.

It was daunting coming back into education after such a long time, but the access course gave me the confidence to believe in my dream of becoming a nurse.

I'm so excited to be studying Adult Nursing at CU Scarborough.

Rebecca - Access student

Going one step further

CU Scarborough offers a free course providing information on how to progress to university and the skills needed to succeed. It is ideal for anyone who has been out of education for a long time. 

The next course is taking place on 15 January for five weeks and is a perfect introduction for anyone considering an Access course.

The first ever World Access to Higher Education Day is taking place on 28 November 2018.