Anglia Ruskin demonstrates the flexibility of Access to HE

Published: 5 September 2006 at 12:56

Anglia Ruskin University is staging an information day to outline degree course choices for people currently studying on Access programmes in colleges across the region. Access programmes are entry routes into Higher Education specifically designed for mature students (those over the age of 21) who may not have completed their exams when they were at school – they give the opportunity of a Higher Education to more people at different stages in their life.

Students studying at Chelmsford and Braintree Colleges are among those invited to attend the event being held on the Chelmsford Campus. They will be able to find out more about studying one of the many courses on offer at Anglia Ruskin University, speak to current students and teaching staff and ask questions about what to expect from different courses of study.

The event on (Thursday) 21 September at the Michael A Ashcroft Building on Rivermead Campus, Chelmsford, has been tailor made as organisers at the university asked staff in colleges across the region what would be most suitable for their students. The resulting programme will include information about various courses specialising in nursing, healthcare and education along with generic talks on finance and study skills.

As Rachel Nedwell, External Liaison Manager at Anglia Ruskin University explains:

“This day demonstrates that Anglia Ruskin is a friendly, supportive and, above all, accessible university. We welcome applications from students who have studied a variety of courses, traditional A levels but also vocational qualifications and Access courses.”

“We are looking to encourage people of all ages and career paths who want to make the most of their opportunities. People often need to be able to juggle family, work and other commitments which is why they need all the advice and support they can get on which route is right for them.”

“This day underlines the fact that there are many different ways to access HE whether you are 18 or 70, the doors are always open.”

Access courses help to prepare mature students who have few - if any - qualifications to study for higher education course. Most courses are offered in FE colleges but some are provided by other institutions including universities. 

The Anglia Ruskin University day for Access students will run from 10.00am – 3.00pm and is open to all Access students via their College Access Coordinator.

The University also has an Open Day on Saturday 14 October, at both Chelmsford and Cambridge, and anyone interested in finding out more about HE programmes are welcome to come along to either campus location between 10.00am – 3.00pm.

For further information please call the University contact centre on 0845 271 3333 or visit