Access to Higher Education students studying Health and Care at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London celebrated their achievements last week when they were given special awards for their hard work.

The students, who studied either Access to Nursing or Access to Social Work, attended the special event along with family, friends and tutors at the College’s Enfield Centre.   Currently waiting to receive their diplomas they received a certificate in recognition of their hard work at the evening event.

Access to Nursing student, Catherine Poole, received a special award for 100 per cent attendance, saying: “The tutors have been extremely helpful during the past year and I’m honoured to have been taught by excellent staff.” Catherine is going on to Hertfordshire University in September to study Adult Nursing.

Also awarded for 100 per cent attendance was Nursing student Amanda Perrine, who worked hard to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. She said:  “I achieved something that I never thought I could, and have made some lifelong friends as well.” Amanda’s hard work and dedication have got her accepted into London South Bank University where she will study Adult Nursing.

Ange Nelly Ndimurweze, who is starting a Paediatric Nursing Degree at Middlesex University in September, said: “Starting a new career can be frightening but this course and College have taught me that we can do anything and achieve everything with hard work and support“.

Awards were also given to those who had consistently achieved high grades for their assignments.  Access to Social Work student Aketa Desai, who will start at the University of East London, passed 70 per cent of her assignments at merit or distinction level, whilst also participating in college life as a Student Governor.  She said: “The whole course was great, with excellent lecturers and lots of support and help.  It was a great experience, great environment, and a great way of getting a qualification!”  

Over 80 students completed their Access course with most starting university this September and the remainder planning to get more work experience before applying to go to university in 2013.

Access courses are designed for people who want to take a university level course but didn’t gain the qualifications while at school, and are a popular choice for adult learners, providing them with a second chance to achieve their dream career.

Vice Principal of Curriculum and Learner Experience Jane O’Neill, who attended the event to present the certificates, said: “This event is always very special as each student has got over a major hurdle to gain entrance to university.  We have students who will go on to become general, specialist and mental health nurses, health care specialists and social workers, and it’s a good feeling to know we have helped them on their way.

"I wish them all the very best in their future careers.”

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