Course at Shrewsbury College is helping students get to university

Course at Shrewsbury College is helping students get to university

Access to HE – Health students (Top L-R Alexandra Malcolm, Joanne Beesty – Bottom L-R Beth Shropshire, Francesca Shaw, Helen Jones)

A number of Shrewsbury College students have beaten off fierce competition to be accepted onto Midwifery courses at University starting this September.

The six students were studying the one year Access to Higher Education (HE) Health course at Shrewsbury College, which enables students to gain a qualification widely-recognised by UK Universities and bridges the gap between their existing education level and the entry requirements for degree-level study.

Francesca Shaw, 18, from Telford, who has gained a place at Keele University said: “The Access to Higher Education course has been a life saver for me! After losing my place at University last year due to not doing as well as I had hoped in my A Levels, it was very difficult to get ready to try and gain my place again. But from the outset, the staff and friends that I have made, have really helped get me to where I am now. I’m really proud of my achievement gaining a place at Keele University in September.”

The students have gained places at various Universities such as Birmingham City, Staffordshire and Wolverhampton as well as Keele and others from the course have gone onto nursing, paramedic and physiotherapy destinations.

Fellow student Helen Jones, 21, from Shrewsbury, has also gained a place at Keele University and said: “I was pleasantly surprised how many aspiring midwives/nurses take the Access to HE Health course into university after previously feeling knocked back from not achieving the A Levels I had hoped for.

“So far, I have found the support from the tutors and fellow students exceptional as we all share a similar career goal. Furthermore, the subjects that the access course covers are largely relevant to our career path and tutors do their utmost to ensure what is being taught is applied to healthcare, or a specific role. I would highly recommend this course to individuals hoping to go into nursing/midwifery in the future. It is by no means easy, but it is a fantastic course which is a great foundation for university.”

Following the one-year Access to HE courses students can apply to university with the help from the College’s Careers Advisors.

Julianne Ward, Lecturer at Shrewsbury College, said, “We are so proud of the students and what they have accomplished. They have worked extremely hard and it is lovely to see them reap the rewards of that hard work.”

Gill Cox, Curriculum Leader for Access to HE said: “This year we are delighted to see a significant increase in the number of Access to Higher Education Health Diploma students securing midwifery places at university. This is a fantastic achievement, and is an endorsement of our course, as competition for these places continues to be fierce.  Other students have secured nursing, paramedic and physiotherapy destinations to name a few.”

Other Access to HE options in September at Shrewsbury College include: Social Sciences and Humanities and the new Business and Management course which will enable students to go on to Management, Marketing, Finance, Economics or Law amongst other professions. Full and part time options are available.

For more information about studying at Shrewsbury College, visit or call 01743 342342. You can find out about our range of Access to HE courses on our website. You can also follow the College on Facebook: shrewsburycollege Instagram: shrewsbury_college and Twitter: @shrewsburycol.

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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