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Carly Ilett, Education undergraduate  

'It has been the best decision I have made in a long time.'
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Carly's story


I went to college but did not complete my A Levels. I then started working in an office as an admin assistant, and after five years began to feel really low about what my future was looking like. So I decided I wanted to go back to education and work towards a career as a primary school teacher. I found the Access to HE course at my local college and, having been out of education for five years, decided it would be the best thing to do.

Gaining the confidence to succeed

The Access to HE course has been challenging and you do need motivation to keep going. But looking back, the wide variety of subjects I have learnt have not only been interesting but have pushed me to believe in myself, and have given me confidence that I can do anything I put my mind to. My tutor was great at helping me with my personal development and with getting me to the level required.

Now with only six weeks left of the course and three university offers, I am so glad I continued. It has been the best decision I have made in a long time and I'm really looking forward to starting my Education degree in September.

Complete preparation for university

If you are thinking of enrolling on an Access to HE course, do not hesitate in doing it. It's perfect for someone who has been out of education for a while and wants to go to university. I feel 100 per cent prepared for university now after having over five years of no studying. At the beginning of the course I had no confidence and my essay writing skills had been forgotten. The Access to HE course has brought them back and I now have full confidence to succeed at university.