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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London celebrated the achievements of its Access to Nursing and Access to Social Work Level 3 students at a special Awards ceremony last night (Thursday 3 July). The warm, moving and enjoyable ceremony joyously recognised the hard work and dedication the learners had put in throughout the year to achieve their dreams of qualifying as nurses, health workers and social workers. The Awards were presented by the College's Interim Principal and Chief Executive, Jane O'Neill.

Excited friends and family, alongside course tutors and Head of School Ros O'Garro were also present at the annual end of year graduation. Every student who completed their course won a completion award and some were singled out for extra praise by winning awards within a range of additional categories. High Attender Awards recognised those learners who had attended in excess of 95% of scheduled classes, whilst Personal Achievement Awards recognised those who had achieved success despite difficulties outside of College, or who had made significant progress during the year. High Achiever Awards went to those who had achieved merit and distinction grades for 60% or more of their twenty assignments. One such high achiever was Josiane Mopo Wambo who is also employed as a care worker. Josiane progressed onto Access to Nursing after achieving a Distinction in her Health and Social Care BTEC Level 2 qualification. Access to Nursing tutor Christine Peck explained that a requirement of the Access course from 2014 is to have GCSE maths and English. However anyone lacking these formal qualifications can complete their GCSEs as part of a health and social care course and then apply for the Access course. Three learners who have succeeded using this path are Stephanie Williams, Danielle King and Laura Robinson. Stephanie is progressing to study Health Science at the University of East London and plans to become a physiotherapist. Danielle and Laura are progressing to Middlesex University to qualify in Adult Nursing.

Stephanie said of her time at College: "The structure of the course is excellent; a lot of planning has gone into making sure the course is very interesting. It is also organised so that students with additional commitments such as work and family can complete their assignments and focus on achieving high grades. Overall the teachers are the best thing about the course."

Inclusion is a key aspect of Access to University courses and people with disabilities are welcomed onto the course. Donna Morris-Davidson has been profoundly deaf since birth. She is adept at lip reading and was also supported on her course by BSL sign language interpreters. Donna achieved Distinctions in every one of her modules and is outstanding in her academic work. Her long term goal is to qualify as a mid-wife.

Many of the students on the course are working while studying. For example Sharron Withers a prison officer seeking to retrain as a nurse, as well as betting office employee Michael Adesina. Michael is going to London South Bank (LSB) University to qualify in Adult Nursing and then plans to go to America to complete his Masters in Anaesthesiology. Costing upwards of US$70,000, Michael is already saving hard to pay for this. Joining Michael at LSB is Alex Childs who is going to complete a nursing degree in mental health.

Julie Rookley took out a 24 Plus Advanced Learning Loan to complete her Access to Nursing course and says: "it was worth every penny." Determined to succeed in her new career path, Julie has moved her whole family to Kettering to take up her midwifery place. Julie continued: "Aged 43 and after having raised three children, I was worried that I might be too old to learn but that was not the case at all. I received excellent support and guidance from my tutors who also gave me all the confidence I needed to shine on my course. Far from being too old to learn, I have learned so much and I owe so much to my amazing teachers."

Julie will take up her place which is split 50:50 between theory and practice at Northampton University and Kettering General Hospital. She will work 37.5 hours a week as part of her training and the NHS will pay for her tuition fees.

Jane O'Neill, Interim College Principal and Chief Executive said: "Access to University courses are life changing. They provide an opportunity to those who wish to re-train and have missed gaining formal qualifications an excellent opportunity to succeed. Tonight we have celebrated the hard work and determination of our Access to Nursing and Access to Social Work students. I am deeply impressed by their commitment and their achievements."

Access to University courses are designed for people who want to complete a university degree but do not have the traditional A Level or vocational qualifications to do so. They are a popular choice for many adult learners, providing them with a second chance to succeed in Education. You will need GCSE English and maths at grade C or above, but if you do not have these the College has courses to help you towards Access and university. For example, the Health and Social Care BTEC Level 2 Diploma, Health and Social Care Subsidiary BTEC Level 3 Diploma and the Progression to HE course.

Access to Nursing will run two evenings a week from our Enfield Centre on Tuesday and Thursday, September – June 2014-15. To find out more or to apply for a place please click on this link.

High achievers

Amy Aduwum, Charlotte Brown-Nelson, Danielle King, Laura Robinson, Louise Robinson, Tiffany DeSilva, Donna Morris-Davidson, Kunbi Omoyele, Julie Rookley, Josiane Mopo Wambo, Joanna Oduro-Kwarteng, Charles Ofoma, Anthony Opara, Janelle Andall-Gabriel, Tevin Onuoha, Eshe Tor, Cynthia Wambui.

High Attenders

Amy Adutwum, Charlotte Brown-Nelson, Rebecca Conway, Karen Dunn, Rahima Eatally, Sophie Edridge, Danielle King, Irene Kyobula, Donna Morris-Davidson, Caroline Parke, Tiffany DeSilva, Trudy Benyah, Josiane Mopo Wambo, Joanna Oduro-Kwarteng, Elorm Quarshie, Nana Tenkoreng, Hassan Conteh, Eunice Duodu, Ruby Linus Asuquo, Janelle Andall-Gabriel, Naomi Hall, Charles Ofoma, Nikisha Lynch

Personal Achievement

Rachel Williams, Julia Juhasz, Dominique Turay, Alima Kwartemaa, Stephanie Williams, Keisha Golding, Rahima Eatally, Josie Tomlinson, Caroline Parke, Irene Kyobula, Rebecca Headley, Josiane Mopo Wambo, Angelene Gibbons.