After completing my first college course at the age of 35, I was encouraged to continue my studies by joining an Access to HE course. I was also told this could offer me a route into university.
I decided to take a two-year Access to HE course so I could fit my studies around my part-time job as a childminder and my responsibilities as a mother of three. I really enjoyed the different modules and was delighted with the support I received from my college tutors. During the course I discovered I was dyslexic, but this wasn't an issue and I completed the course with good results.
Having already progressed much further than I'd ever imagined, and with my skills and confidence blooming, I decided to 'go for it' and apply to university. My application was accepted and, along with five fellow students from my Access course, I was offered a place on a BSc (Joint Hons) Business Administration and Management and Information Systems degree course at Oxford Brookes University.
I graduated with a 2:2 and now work as an Aimhigher Officer at Oxford Brookes, promoting the benefits of higher education to students and adults of all ages. I've also caught the learning bug – this year I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Management and have now been accepted to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Leadership. Taking the Access to HE course definitely helped change my life!
* Now Oxford & Cherwell Valley College