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Press Release - Adult Learners Secure Future at University

Newcastle under Lyme College

A group of 60 adult learners from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) are celebrating after being accepted to study at universities across the country.

Mature students from the Access to Higher Education (HE) course at NULC gathered at the College on Wednesday 11 July for a special celebration to mark the end of their course.

Nicola Griffiths, aged 34 from Silverdale, has fought off strong competition from over 1,000 applicants to be one of only 29 students to gain a place on the Foundation degree in Paramedic Science at Staffordshire University.

Nicola said: “I’ve had the time of life over the past year at college and am delighted to have received a place on the course; it was really competitive so it’s a dream come true.”

Nicola added: “Returning to education as an adult can be really daunting but all the staff at college are really supportive. The College has a really friendly environment with a dedicated area for adult learners. I definitely wouldn’t be starting a degree course if it wasn’t for the College.”

The students have secured places at universities both locally and nationally including Staffordshire University, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Nottingham, and will continue their education in September. A number of students are also staying on at NULC to study one of the College’s popular Foundation degrees (Fds) at its bespoke University Centre, in partnership with Staffordshire University.

The Access to HE course provides an alternative route for adults who don’t have formal academic qualifications but want to progress on to university.

Places are still available for adults who want to sign up for the new Access to HE course starting in September. Students will first need to attend the Pre-Access course, which starts this week.

Adele Mendiuk, Access to HE Personal Tutor and Lecturer at NULC said: “The Access courses are always really popular and all the adult students genuinely enjoy the courses. I’d urge any local adults who’re contemplating university to enrol as soon as possible on the pre-access course so they are able to start the Access course in September.”