Access to Higher Education

The number of students passing Access to Higher Education courses at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is 18% higher than the average for London.

Access to Higher Education Diploma courses provide students without the qualifications to study at degree level with the skills and knowledge they need to get into university.

Figures from OCN London, which sets the Level 3 courses, show that 89% of students passed Access to Higher Education at CONEL in 2016/17.

This compares with an average of 71% in London, and is an increase on previous years - 88% in 2015/16 and 79% in 2014/15.

A third of students at CONEL passed with Distinction, in line with the national average.

Particularly high pass-rates were seen on Access to Nursing courses with a 93% achievement rate and Computing and Engineering courses, both at 91%.

Lydia Adamu, 35, is heading to the University of Hertfordshire to study for a BSc in Nursing after completing an Access to Nursing course at CONEL this year.

She said: “I’ve worked in healthcare before.  It’s a field in which I really like working in, and so I decided to become a nurse.

“My teachers were really helpful and did a great job in helping me to get into university. I’m really excited and can’t wait until September.”

Asem Ragab, 20, secured a place at Brunel University London to study for a BEng in Civil Engineering after an Access to Engineering course.

He said: “The Access course was much better structured and less intense than doing A-levels. It focused a lot on physics and maths and was much more relevant to the degree course I wanted to do.”

Ana Dimande, 46, is set to study for a BSc in Applied Nutritional Science at Anglia Ruskin University following an Access to Biological Science.

“When I started the course I wasn’t sure if I was choosing the right path because I’d been out of education for 20 years, but I had really good support from all the staff.

“The course was wonderful. I learnt a lot and feel confident and ready for university.”

CONEL offers Access courses in Computing, Engineering, Science, Nursing. Social Work and Midwifery, and also runs higher education and postgraduate courses in a range of subjects.

These courses are free for students aged 19 to 23 if it is their first Level 3 course with loans available for those required to pay course fees.

Loans only have to be repaid once you are earning over £21,000, but are written off if you progress to university to study in the same field.

Call 020 8442 3055 or click here to find out more about enrolling on these courses at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

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