For adults who want to get to university but don’t have the traditional entry requirements such as A levels, the Access to HE Diploma has proved its worth in spades as an alternative route. But whereas an A level course normally takes two years, the Access Diploma is an intensive one-year programme that is demanding and rigorous.
People with disabilities such as dyslexia, hearing and sight impairment or autism face huge challenges if they want to become a student. One of these is taking notes. Find out how an organisation called the Learning Support Centre uses professional note takers, called ‘jotters’ to help disabled learners.
A membership organisation for professionals and volunteers who provide activities for people in care homes, hospitals and day centres has developed its own person-centred approach to activity provision. OCN London has developed two bespoke awards for members with distance learning part of the mode of delivery and video used in assessment.
Newham Sixth Form College is located in London’s East End in one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the country. Just take a look at the College’s website which has translations in over 100 different languages, from Africaans to Zulu, taking in Cebuano, Malagasy, Tajik and more. The area also has a high proportion of people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A charity that has pioneered leadership training for young people – the JLGB
– has created an innovative digital accreditation tool which is available online to all Jewish youth organisations. It has a sophisticated online system that maps and tracks learners’ training and enables them to submit coursework online.
Traditional exams may be the norm in most mainstream education, but for many people this is not the best way to assess their abilities. At Kendal College many of the Access to HE Diploma learners, who were returning to learning after a gap, found exams a struggle.
An innovative training programme for hospital administrative staff is having a positive impact on staff morale and patient communication.
Using OCN London units in communications and customer care it leads to a Level 2 award in Delivering Excellent Patient Services.
The challenges experienced by prisons have been in the spotlight recently with stories of overcrowding, low staff morale and stretched resources. But a charity called Fine Cell Work has been working with offenders in prisons. The results have been impressive. READ MORE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas provide a route into university for many ‘second chance’ learners. The courses are tough and the standards high. Hear how Kingston College has achieved outstanding results.READ MORE
Dealing with behaviour problems in the classroom – whether in schools or colleges - is one of the toughest challenges facing teachers today. Whilst many enter the profession with impressive academic qualifications and well-honed communication skills, when faced with learners who have conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) the challenges seem insurmountable, both for experienced teachers as well as new recruits. READ MORE
SafeLives is a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. Since 2005, they have found new ways to help victims at risk of murder or serious injury. The charity pioneered the use of the risk checklist, which all police forces now use to assess how much danger a victim is in. READ MORE
For more than 40 years Friends of the Earth has been an environmental campaigning organisation which encourages people to take better care of the planet. Issues are the forefront of their work at include climate change, the protection of bees, anti-fracking and environmental justice, just to name a few. READ MORE
Drug and alcohol addiction can have a devastating effect on the lives of individuals. However becoming free of an addiction is only part of the challenge. People also need to recover what has been destroyed – their self-confidence, memory and cognitive skills, as well as the ability to rebuild their lives and move on. READ MORE
For nearly 100 years the Hillcroft College has been giving women an opportunity to gain an education and improve their lives. It was the first institution in the UK to offer female students a chance to bridge the gap between leaving school with no qualifications and going onto higher education. READ MORE
The popularity of television shows like the Great British Bake Off and Master Chef have no sign of running out of steam, having created media stars such as Nadiya Hussain and inspired thousands of amateur cooks. This national obsession with food has also seen the burgeoning of cookery courses – some run by further education colleges and some by privately-owned colleges. READ MORE
One way to teach reading for those struggling with literacy skills is offer lots of short courses that build up units bit by bit into a qualification. One such course, offered by Lambeth Council in South London as part of its adult learning services, is helping to bring books to life using story sacks. This approach uses a large cloth bag (a story sack) containing a favourite book with supporting materials that stimulate language activities – a recognised way to improve literacy as they bring books to life. READ MORE
The Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, named after Terry Higgins who was one of the first people in the UK to die with AIDS. The charity was founded in 1982, the year Terry died, and was named after him to personalise and humanise AIDS in a very public way. The late Princess Diana was an early supporter. READ MORE
The lure of learning at Chelsea football club’s famous stadium at Stamford Bridge has inspired people of all ages to find employment and set up their own businesses. READ MORE
How a Ministry of Defence “crisis” simulation is helping to develop employability skills and progress. READ MORE
The Community Money Mentors programme. Helping people in London’s East End communities to handle their personal finances. READ MORE
Putting down roots. Helping homeless people to learn new skills, regain self-confidence and find jobs. READ MORE
How the College found an untapped demand for Access to HE and started their own courses. READ MORE
Young people “at risk” find new confidence and a route into higher education through the Playing Up programme. READ MORE
Babyem, which provides training in baby and childcare, has grown into a thriving business providing weekly courses for thousands. READ MORE
An international charity operating across Africa has helped micro-enterprises to get off the ground and grow. READ MORE
Budding Brunels and Budding Builders provide opportunities for young people to get a taste for construction and develop skills for entry into work. READ MORE
A new state-of-the art specialist centre for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities at Bromley College of Further and Higher Education. READ MORE
As the first in the country to offer Access to HE courses in 1977 City and Islington College is still leading the way. READ MORE
An accredited course providing training for those who support people living with cancer has literally “changed lives”. READ MORE