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Case Study: Pearl Bartlett, Access to Higher Education

 

 

Pearl is an Access to Higher Education student hoping to go on to University. She has overcome many personal obstacles and has showed a tenacity to learn that will serve her well in the future. Pearl has also recently won a prestigious award for her hard work as a voluntary peer mentor on a ward and her assistance with helping to keep people well, the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. This was presented by none other than Frank Bruno! We caught up with Pearl to ask her about her experiences and aspirations:

 

 

What course did you study at Bath College?

I studied GCSE English and Maths at Bath College in 2016/17 and after successfully passing them, last year I began Access to HE Health and Social Care part time. I will be completing the Access course this year.

 

What was/is the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

The most enjoyable part was studying Psychology, this allowed me to gain further knowledge into mental illnesses and insight into therapies that I had undergone myself to get well.

 

What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?

Psychology and Sociology have given me the most valuable knowledge base to assist me further with going to University and furthering my career.

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

I looked at the local college in my hometown and then Bath. The success rate, support and the general feedback from previous students made me decide that Bath was in my best interests.

 

What do you want to after College?

After college I want to go to University and be the first generation in my family to go, but also to see change within the treatment of people with poor mental health.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study Access to HE?

The advice I would give to future students is take on board the advice given in study skills and pace yourself. Never leave assignments until the last minute and always ask for help if you need it. The lecturers are helpful and want to assist you and allow you to get the best from yourself. Their support is amazing.

 

How did you overcome your personal challenges to complete the course?

I suffered with extremely poor mental health and was very scared to move to a new city and begin education again. However, being honest with the lecturers about my wellbeing and being able to talk to fellow students about my personal journey really boosted my confidence and gave me a sense of pride.

 

What was the award you won and why did you win it?

I was recently a winner of the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. I was nominated for this prestigious award for my volunteer role as a peer mentor. I won this due to the nominations I received and for ongoing presentation of my story and explanations and promotion of the peer mentoring project. I volunteer supporting mentees on the ward and within the community assisting them to keep well.

 

 

We’re very proud of all Pearls achievements whilst at College and special congratulations are in order for this incredible Award. We’re positive you’ll smash it at University and we wish you all the best with your future aspirations!

 

If you’re interested in going to University but you’re not sure how you can then have a look at our Access to Higher Education courses, we have a full time course that takes 1 year to complete, and a part time course that takes 2 years to complete. All our Access to HE students have incredible success going on to University and a high number even secure places at top Russell Group Universities studying topics such as Paramedic Science and Veterinary Medicine.

 

You can find the full time course here and the part time course here. Or you can talk to one of our helpful staff members about what you want to study at University and how the Access course can help, either call 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

 

Bath College Graduates

Awards, Events, Featured, News

Students celebrate their success at Bath College Higher Education Graduation Ceremony

 
Higher Education graduates from Bath College celebrated their success at their Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday.

 

More than 80 students dressed in mortar boards and gowns gathered at The Assembly Rooms to collect their certificates.
 

The students have all completed degree level and higher education courses, including programmes validated by the University of Bath, The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
 

The ceremony opened with an impressive Civic Procession made up of the Senior Management Team of the College, Heads of Departments, academic staff, Governors, and The Mayor of Bath, councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones, led by the City Sword-Bearer and two Mace-Bearers.
 

Bath College Graduates throwing hats in the air
Once everyone was seated, guests were welcomed by Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College and certificates were handed out to graduates from Carole Stott, the Chair of Governors.
 

Two keynote speakers inspired the crowds with their words; Gavin Strange, Senior Designer & Director at Aardman Animations and Nick Isles, Managing Director of Corporate Agenda advice consultancy.
 

Gavin pointed out to the graduates that: “We all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé does or Mozart did. It’s how we choose to use those hours that count.”
 

Nick said that: “What Bath College has done is to offer you all an immersive, supportive learning world that has hopefully strengthened your self–confidence and self-belief and helped you all grow in stature.
 

“A great learning environment is also about creating life skills such as communication, teamwork, self-reliance, self-control, and an unshakeable belief that you can be the very best you want to be.”
 

Proud friends and family looked on as graduates collected their awards in subjects such as Accounting, Business, Construction, Engineering, Computing, Marketing, Music Production and Education and Training.
 

After the Ceremony the graduates gathered outside the Assembly Rooms and threw their hats in the air to the cheers of guests and passers-by including a city tour bus full of applauding tourists.
 
A drinks and canapé reception was held at Woods restaurant where the graduates and their families continued their celebration.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said that: “It has been a wonderful day.
 

“These students remind us that success comes to those who work – and I know the extra work they have undertaken through their studies will, at times, have been difficult and gruelling, but they have made it through.
 

“I am very proud of our Higher Education graduates and I wish them all the very best in their exciting futures.”
 

For more information about our degree level courses click here.
 
Photo credit: Steve Parker

Access to HE students with their certificates

News

Access to Higher Education students celebrate their success, before heading off to top Universities

 

Bath College held an award ceremony to celebrate the incredible achievements of the Access to Higher Education students at the Shrubbery restaurant last week. Excited student

 

The students were presented with their course certificates over a prosecco and canapé reception, followed by specially nominated awards.
 

The Access to Higher Education course provides students with a nationally recognised qualification and an alternative career pathway for those who want to study at university.
 

Carolyn Guy, Learning Co-ordinator for the Access to HE department, said that:
 
Carolyn Guy toasts with students“We are delighted and proud of the outstanding achievements of our Access students who have made fantastic progress this year and are moving on to such a wide range of degrees.
 

“Many of our students gained the confidence to pursue career goals and ambitions which they would not have thought possible a year ago. This event was a celebration of their hard work, determination and success. The students created a culture of excellence and support of one another.”
 

The top prize of the afternoon was the much coveted Roper Prize, named after Brian and Maggie Roper, who were incredibly generous benefactors of Bath College who left a legacy gift to the College to recognise the achievements of students, particularly on the Access Course. This year there were five Roper prize winners, who were nominated by staff for outstanding dedication to their studies.
 
 

The Roper Prize WinnersDaniel being awarded his Roper Prize
 

Sheldon Hibberd
Daniel Currell
Levina Testa
Hannah Hillier
Lucy Williams
 

The Part Time Prize Winner
 

Pearl Bartlett
 
 

Samantha has a three-year-old son and took the Access course to become a midwife, something that she was nervous about juggling before starting: “Luckily, I have a very supportive family who will care for my son when I need time for my assignments.
 

“College help part-fund my son’s pre-school hours every week to ensure I can commit to the course. This means I have more time at college to do work and ensure I can attend all my lessons.
 

“The Access Course has really helped boost my confidence, it’s supported me to receive offers from universities for competitive courses I would never have been able to achieve on my own.
 

“It’s also allowed me to improve my academic knowledge and set me up for university whilst making great supportive friends who are also going through the same process for their goals.”
 

Students at the awardsBath College Principal Laurel Penrose attended the awards ceremony to meet students and hand out course certificates.
 

After presenting the awards Laurel commented: “Listening to the list of universities you have been excepted to I am so proud to hear the depth and breadth of courses you’re going onto.
 

“The Access Course is very challenging, especially when you have family commitments or similar at the same time.
 
“You should all be so proud of yourselves. Congratulations.”
 
 

Destination Universities and courses of this year’s Access Course Students
 

Bath Spa University – Education, Creative Writing
Birmingham City University -Psychology with Criminology
Bournemouth University – Paramedic Science
Cardiff Met University – Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Cardiff University – Children’s Nursing, Optometry, Physiotherapy
City of Bristol College – Health and Social Care Practice
King’s College London – English, Nutrition and Dietetics
Manchester Metropolitan University – International Business Management
Oxford Brookes University – Operating Department Practice, Biomedical Science, History, Midwifery
Swansea University – Modern History and International Relations
University of Bath – Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences
University of Bristol – Msci Biochemistry, Psychology, Geography, History, Psychology, Sociology, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Nursing, Zoology
University of Glasgow – MA History and Politics
University of Gloucestershire – Sports Coaching
University of Leeds – Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, Pharmacology
University of Manchester – Japanese Studies
University of Nottingham – Physiotherapy
University of Plymouth – Ocean Science and Marine Conservation
University of Portsmouth – Paramedic Science, Politics
University of Reading – Pharmacy MPharm
University of Southampton – History
University of Surrey – Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of York – Historical Archaeology
UWE – Physiotherapy, Children’s Nursing, Law, Primary teaching with QTS, Psychology
 

If you would like more information about Bath College’s Access to Higher Education course click here

TEF Silver Logo

News

Bath College awarded TEF Silver Award for HE provision

 

Bath College has been given a Silver Award by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) panel of The Office for Students, who recognises excellent teaching in UK Higher Education providers.
 

The award has been given to Bath College for the next three years by TEF for “delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and consistently exceeding rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.
 

The College offers a wide range of Access to Higher Education courses as well as over thirty Higher Education qualifications, Foundation Degrees and Degrees.
 

Simon Bracken, Head of HE at Bath College said “We are delighted to be awarded TEF Silver by panel for our Higher Education provision.
 

“We are very proud of our excellent students results and destinations, but to be officially accredited is validation of all the hard work our staff and students do.”
 

TEF reported that most HE students at Bath College achieve excellent outcomes. In particular, the panel noted that the full-time student rate of progression to highly skilled employment or further study is above the benchmark.
 

Laurel Penrose, Bath College Principal commented that “Higher Education is an important part of our work at Bath College and our Undergraduate students add to the diversity that makes the College such a special place.
 

“We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.
 

“It is wonderful to be recognised for our HE provision by TEF.”
 

If you would like any information about Bath College HE courses click here.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal awarding Kelly Sheppard her Access to Higher Education Certificate

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Success at Bath College as parents excel at Access to Higher Education courses

 
Bath College offers a wide range of Access to Higher Education courses as well as over thirty Undergraduate degrees.

 

Bath College Undergraduate courses are open to all, with students aging from 19-60, and enable you to realise your ambitions whilst receiving expert support from tutors.
 
Sian Brady and her daughter Sienna

Sian Brady, pictured with her daughter Sienna, is currently studying to become a nurse at the College: “Doing the course at Bath College part time allows me to be a mum and work and study. All the teachers at the College are very supportive and I recommend any parent thinking of changing careers or wanting to go to university to do the Access to HE course.
 
“I’m finding the course very enjoyable and have met mums just like myself. I am looking forward to a completing my course and getting the qualifications I deserve.”
 
Bath College Principal, Laurel Penrose, encourages parents to study at the College because staff can support students: “Higher Education is an important part of our work at Bath College and our Undergraduate students add to the diversity that makes the College such a special place. Here at Bath College we pride ourselves on the support we provide to our students and we have a very simple purpose; that is to help people.
 
“We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.”
 
Kelly Sheppard, pictured above with Principal Laurel Penrose, had been a stay-at-home mum for ten years while doing the admin and accounts for her husband’s business but has now gained a place at the University of Bristol to study Molecular Medicine after doing an Access to HE course at Bath College. She decided to apply to the access course after years of regretting the decision not to pursue sciences after GCSE level.
 
“I found out from a family member who was returning to education that I could obtain funding for the course and decided to take the plunge. I had applied for many entry level jobs within research and had been unsuccessful.
 
“Now I’m so glad this was the case because it pushed me to go and get a degree level qualification. It’s an extremely intense course, but it has really boosted my confidence and opened my eyes to what I can achieve.”
 
Ellen Moore and her daughter Emma
Ellen Moore, pictured with her daughter Emma, has just gained places at multiple universities to study Midwifery agrees, “I highly recommend undertaking the Access Course, it has allowed me to realise my potential and inspired me to further my goals and aspirations.
 
“The course is perfect for fitting into your family needs and all the lecturers are incredibly supportive. Prior to the course I was concerned how I would cope with study and children, but it is doable and prepares you for university. I have been lucky enough to achieve offers from universities I never imagined I would, truly the best decision I have made.”
  
For more information about Access Courses at Bath College click here
 

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