New course to offer mature students a route into medicine

A leading Cornish College has unveiled plans to deliver a new course, supported by Exeter University’s Medical School, which will provide students aged 19 and over with a route to study science and health related degrees including medicine at University.

The course, available from September 2018, is a new addition to Truro and Penwith College’s Access to Higher Education provision and will be the only course of its kind in the South West.

Access courses are accepted by the majority of British Universities as an alternative to A Levels. Students are usually aged 19 or over and use the courses as a route back into study, providing them with the necessary grounding to progress onto study a University course.

Jolene Hogan, the Access to HE Medical Careers course leader at the College, can’t wait to offer this course to students in the South West: “If you are considering a change of career this could be the stepping stone you need, even if you already hold a degree in another field. Access to HE Medical Careers is an excellent opportunity for adult learners (19+ years) to gain a level 3 qualification in order to study a science or health related degree, and is potentially a route to undergraduate medicine. This is the first provision of this kind in the South West of England and has the full support of Exeter Medical School.”

The success of students that have studied other Access courses at the College suggest they are a very viable route to University. Joe Westley, who studied the ACCESS to HE Science last year said: “My first year at Uni has been amazing, even better than I anticipated it would be. Personally, I can’t praise the Access to HE Science course enough in how well it prepared me for Uni and for giving me the chance to completely change my career path.”

Returning to study as a mature student and pursuing a career in Dental Hygiene, Bryher Hadfield was equally blown away with the course, saying: “We’re all so lucky to have the Access course available to us and I cannot sing its praises enough. Dental Hygiene & Therapy always seemed like a distant dream because I knew how competitive it is but I really think the Access course has boosted my chances.’’

“If it wasn’t for the Access course, there’s no way I would have coped so well! I can’t even begin to tell you how beneficial the access course has been for giving me the fundamental, background knowledge and scientific content we need to know.”

To obtain more information about this course, please call: 01872 267000 or 01736 335000 or visit the course page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees. For further information please contact: Annabel Aitken on 01872 308193 or email

Furthermore, Access students may be eligible to apply for a means tested bursary which could offer a small contribution towards travel, course materials and childcare costs. Details are available from the student services team at the College.