PEOPLE have a better chance to get into higher education after the launch of a new loan scheme.
A new scheme starts from September and will allow anyone who is aged 24 or above and living in the UK to apply for an advanced learning loan for further education courses at level 3 and above.
Students do not have to pay back the loans until they are earning over £21,000 and the loan for Access to Higher Education programme will be waived when they pass the higher education course they study after the Access programme.
Hartlepool College of Further Education has seen thousands of adults pass through the doors since it opened in 2011 and the new loans will be a huge boost to future students.
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is designed for people who would like to study at university, but do not have the formal entry qualifications for direct entry onto a higher education programme.
The college now offers 10 pathways in art and design, business and ICT, children and young people, counselling, education studies, engineering, health, humanities and social science, science and sports studies.
Also if you pass your Access programme, Teesside University will guarantee a place on a higher education course.
Michael Dignan qualified in 2012 in child nursing and received his Student of the Year award in 2008 when he completed the Access to HE Diploma from former England rugby fly-half Rob Andrew.
He said: “The college has been the best educational experience of my life.
“I was over the moon with the help and support from staff. Everyone at college is helpful and supportive.”
Yvonne Owens joined Hartlepool College of Further Education in September 2011 to begin a one year intensive Access to Higher Eductaion Diploma in health.
Despite being out of education for a number of years, she had been a driving instructor, but she decided to enrol ton the course with a view to achieving her ambition of becoming a physiotherapist.
She started the BSc physiotherapy degree programme at Teesside University last September 2012 after winning the Access Student of the Year Award last year. An Adult and Higher Education Open Evening is being held on Tuesday, May 21, from 4pm to 8pm for anyone aged over 19.