Former Bradford College science students came back to campus to inspire the next generation to achieve their university dream.
Having all secured places at university, past students of the Access to Higher Education Science course returned to motivate and encourage the class of 2017 and provide first hand evidence that the qualification is a route onto a degree course.
The alumni, who are now studying for degrees including radiography, optometry, pharmacy and clinical sciences, advised the current class to set up study groups to help each other, to start their projects early and to secure relevant work experience or volunteer work to help bolster their university application.
They also offered the budding undergraduates tips on the university interview process and emphasised the importance of not missing any lessons.
Among the returning students was Sarmad Ilyas who is a second year pharmacy student at the University of Bradford having completed his Access to HE course at Bradford College in 2016 after deciding to swap his career as a camera repairman and pursue his dream of becoming a pharmacist.
He said: “It is a pleasure to come back to college and pass on the benefit of my experience to students on the Access course now.
“The skills I picked up on the Access to HE course help me hugely in my university study. Good habits I picked up on the Access course are serving me well on the degree.”
Also passing on pearls of wisdom was Matthew Gurney who is in the second year of a radiography degree.
He said: “The Access to HE course is very intensive, more so than A Levels and a degree I would say. It is hard work, and I told the students that, but it sets you up very well for university.”
Access to Higher Education courses are a way for people aged 19 or over and without traditional qualifications to prepare for university-level study.
Typically the courses take a year to complete, and lead to Level 3 university entry qualifications, after which students can apply for Higher Education courses including degrees, post-graduate degrees, Higher National Certificates (HNCs), Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), Higher Level Apprenticeships and foundation degrees.
Bradford College offers Access to Higher Education courses across a range of subjects including art design and media, business, computing, education, engineering, health and law as well as science. Courses are offered in college and also online.