HE Fair Encourages Students to Aim High

Walsall College held a Higher Education fair to help current students find out about some of the progression opportunities available to them upon completing their course.

Students had the opportunity to talk to representatives from 18 universities including Aberystwyth University, University of Birmingham, De Montfort University, the University of Law and University of Worcester, to find out about courses on offer, entry requirements, and facilities and accommodation available.

There was also a stand representing the college’s own higher education provision, which offers HNC, HND and degree courses in a wide range of subjects from Engineering to Hospitality Management and Computing to Fashion, at the fraction of the cost of university.

Presentations were also given on writing personal statements, preparing for interviews and student finance and bursaries.

The fair was attended by students on the second year of their Level 3 vocational qualifications, Access to Higher Education and HND students.

Jennifer Clarke, Guidance & Progression Co-ordinator at Walsall College, said: “The college strives to ensure that our students gain as much exposure and information to opportunities available to them locally and nationally, so that they are fully aware of progression routes to help them achieve their career goals.

“Our aim is to raise students’ aspirations, keep students motivated and inspired and most importantly ready for the world of work.

“Last year over 500 of our full-time students successfully secured university places, including to some of the country’s top institutions, dispelling the myth that A-level courses are the only route to university. This was also an increase on the previous year.”

She added: “The feedback from the event has been extremely positive and the university representatives were all very impressed with our students as they felt they had very clear career goals.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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