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'An invaluable qualification that helps provide opportunities' The Access to Higher Education Diploma is changing lives in Wales says Victor Morgan, Access to Higher Education Manager at Agored Cymru.

THE Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is an invaluable qualification in widening participation in higher education.

Currently the diploma is available in every further education college in Wales and is offered across 13 distinct subject areas including health and social care, science and the humanities and social sciences.

The diploma has been significantly effective at providing opportunities for adults, many from disadvantaged backgrounds and with few or no formal qualifications, to progress to higher education and significantly enhance their life chances.

The Access to HE Diploma is recognised by the vast majority of universities in England and Wales as an alternative to A-levels, and is specifically designed to prepare adults for advanced levels of study by enhancing their knowledge, skills and confidence.

Many who successfully progress to university with an Access to HE Diploma will take up roles in vocations such as nursing and social work and will go on to work within the Welsh communities in which they live.

In 2018, Agored Cymru worked closely with colleges, partner universities and other stakeholders in order to review and formally revalidate the Access to HE curriculum.

This ensures that it continues to demonstrate fitness for purpose and meet the needs of learners, colleges, universities and the vocational sectors that it addresses.

Many Access learners return to study despite having complex and challenging personal circumstances and make significant sacrifices in order achieve their goals.

On February 6 we will be celebrating the success and outstanding achievement of Access to HE learners across Wales and are delighted that Kirsty Williams, Minster for Education, will be presenting the awards at the Senedd.

This is an opportunity to showcase the way in which access to HE changes lives.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 31, 2019
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