Access To He Humanities Case Study

Amanda Diboll

Amanda, 59, from Stoke Golding in Leicestershire, was a student on the Access to HE Humanities programme at the Nuneaton campus where her studies included English language, English literature, politics, history and academic studies. Amanda had taken other college courses in the past and knew that the College had a strong reputation. Inspired by her son, who had just successfully achieved a Level 3 Journalism qualification, Amanda decided to return to education.

Amanda said: “Everything about the course was excellent and highly enjoyable. I found each subject fascinating and narrowing down the subjects I wanted to pursue was tough. The teaching staff were exemplary, and I felt that I was in safe hands. They were all very experienced and lessons flowed seamlessly and were never boring.”

The course prepares students with the skills to take on university-level studies. This helped Amanda who had not written an academic essay for many years. At first, she found it daunting, but she was determined to succeed, and her confidence grew with the support of her peers. Amanda was guided through the UCAS process by her tutors and advised on how to put together her personal statement. She was delighted when she achieved the grades and accepted a place on a degree course in history at the University of Leicester.

Amanda benefited from an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for her studies as it was the first time she had studied at this level before. Without this financial help, she would not have been able to afford to do the course.