Romanian born Nina Pal completed a degree in food technology in her native country but after moving to Italy, then to the UK, she decided to make a complete career change to become a midwife.

The 33-year-old mother of two took up the Pre-Access course in Maths, English and Science at the College before starting the Access to HE Diploma in Health course. And now the Wigan resident has progressed to a Midwifery degree at Liverpool John Moores University.

Access to HE courses provide a route to university for those aged 19 and over who do not have the traditional entry qualifications such as A Levels. Many adults study Access courses for free with us, taking up government loans, which do not have to be paid back by those who go on to achieve an undergraduate degree.

"Getting on to a midwifery course was a dream come true. It’s very competitive, but my tutor at the College gave me lots of support when applying,” said Nina.

As we launch our latest Adult Guide for courses starting in September, Course Leader, Anne Frear, is encouraging people to sign up.

“We have all had a challenging time under lockdown, but as restrictions begin to lift getting back to learning, or taking up a new subject or interest could be a welcome boost.

Research suggests that learning something new improves mental health and wellbeing, developing confidence and a new lease of life for many.”

The College is offering Access to HE courses in subjects ranging from Business, Computing and Health to Teaching, Psychology and Science.

Anne added: “Access to HE Diploma programmes are recognised by universities across the UK. Students can progress to degrees in nursing, midwifery, social sciences, paramedic, social work, health sciences, sport and physiotherapy, and primary teaching.”

Other new courses for September include GCSEs in Art, Business, Sciences and Psychology, Teaching Assistant courses and many more.

Many adults can study for free depending on circumstances.

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