Students a step closer to degree dream

Students from Furness College shared their delight as they celebrated securing a qualification that paves the way for studying a degree.

The 17 students on the Access to Higher Education course marked their achievements at the Access Awards presentation at the Channelside campus this week.

They will now go to universities around the country or stay in Barrow to study one of the college’s degree programmes.

Opening the event, Head of Area for Access Keith Wardle said results this year had been the best yet with a number of exceptional grades achieved.

“We are delighted and extremely proud of what the students have achieved. Collectively and individually, results have been superb.  This is due to the hard work all the students have put in, balancing family, work and the demands of everyday life with their studies. It shows it is never too late to change your career.”

He said this year’s group were progressing to further study and new careers including nursing, midwifery, law and primary teaching.

Jade Chelton, who completed her GCSEs at the Rating Lane sixth form campus last year, will now study a degree in occupational therapy at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster.

“I redid my GCSEs last year at Barrow Sixth Form College so the Access course was a natural step up,” she said. “It has been a challenging but great experience as it allows me to study in a mature environment for a year before moving on to university, which will allow me to get my dream job.”

Norah Okechukwu will now study midwifery at the University of Cumbria, and said the Access course at Furness College enabled her to do that while staying in the area.

“I’m so pleased with my results and going on to study midwifery will allow me to achieve my dream career,” she said. “I found the course great because the tutors have been really supportive and allowed me to have the stepping stone I needed to obtain a degree.”

Allister Neighbour will now head to Scotland to study a degree in podiatry while Chloe Searle will study midwifery at university.

Furness College offers wide range of higher education courses in subjects ranging from IT, engineering, health and social care, business, construction, art and teaching. There are around 500 students currently on its programmes, which offer both full-time and part time study options for those already in employment.

Graduates Rhiannon Davies and Mandy Richards, who are progressing on to study the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care at Furness College, both highly praised the support offered from staff.

“The support offered by staff at Furness College has been exceptional and I couldn’t have done it without them,” said Rhiannon. “The lecturers have always been there when I needed help and have helped me build my confidence massively.

“I’ve decided to stay and study a degree at Furness College because it allows me to look after my children, access the excellent teaching offered and avoid expensive travelling as otherwise I wouldn’t have be able to achieve a degree.”

Among those celebrating were Joshua Rankin, who will study law, and Mollie Glover, who is going on to study Paramedic Practice at University of Cumbria. They both thanked staff for all of their efforts and allowing them to achieve their ambitions of going to university.

For more information about higher education courses at Furness College visit the website www.furness.ac.uk/university-education or email info@furness.ac.uk

To find out about the Full-time Access to University Diploma and the subjects offered as part of this, visit: https://www.furness.ac.uk/courses/course-detail/course/fulltime-access-to-university-diploma-university-pathway/

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