There was a sense of pride in the air as each group of students were called forward to accept their certificates of achievement. A broad range of Access students were in attendance, reflecting the diversity of Access to HE provision at the College, with students studying Nursing, Science, Computing, Creative Media & Photography, Psychology & Social Work and Humanities all coming together to celebrating their success.
Having completed their Access to HE courses, these students will now progress to a wide range of degree courses and universities across the South West and beyond, ranging from the Knowledge Spa at Cornwall’s very own Treliske Hospital to Queen Mary University in London.
The Access course, Creative Media & Photography, which is in its second year, saw half of their students progress onto the College’s own foundation degree in Film, Media and Photography, which was new to the College for September 2018 and achieved a highly successful first year.
The College also saw its inaugural year of delivering the Access to Medicine, which runs alongside Access to Science with additional modules in Introduction to biology, chemistry and physics to give students a solid foundations in the sciences to take on to university. The course had 100% success rate which students heading on to university, such as Morwenna Craze, who is going to Exeter to study Medicine.
Morwenna said: “The whole structure of the course was really helpful. It helped you learn everything really well and really thoroughly. The lecturers were so accessible.”
Success was indeed the theme of the afternoon, as an amazing 100% of every student from the Access to Art and Design passed the course and are moving on to higher education options.
Mother of two, Sophie Williams, Access to Higher Education in Nursing and Human Sciences student, was thrilled with her course, saying: “I’d recently been made redundant. I’d always wanted to be a nurse since I was younger, I just never had the opportunity. I saw an advert for the Access courses and thought, right, if I don’t do this now, I’ll never have the opportunity again. From what I’ve been told, the first year of uni is nothing compared to the Access course so I’m hoping that I’m over prepared now. The course has helped me to become more organised both in my home life as well as education”.
Each year the Duchy Health Charity awards a student who has displayed academic excellence throughout their course. This year, it was awarded to Anthony Ewart who, having been out of education for a number of years, achieved his Access to Higher Education Diploma with high grades whilst raising a family of six.
His tutor summed up the achievement: “Anthony has been a simply excellent student from the very first day. His dedication and commitment have been second to none. I'm incredibly proud of his achievements, and all the students who completed their Diplomas with us.”
Over 1,000 students have studied Access courses at the College, using them to get back into education before heading to university. 2019/20 will see more courses added to the roster including Access to Sport Science for those interested in going into a sports career.