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A local demand amongst adults wanting to return to learning led CU Coventry to create  Access to HE Diploma courses designed to fit around their lives.

Coventry University College specialises in offering students the opportunity to gain higher education qualifications in a varied and flexible way which fits more closely with their lifestyle and commitments outside study. Although based on the Coventry University Campus, the college operates separately, offering mainly degrees and Higher National Diplomas and Certificates.

In 2013 after finding there was a demand locally, the College began offering Access to HE Diploma courses. Their research discovered there was a market for mature students who were keen to pursue a degree to upgrade their skills but lacked the necessary qualifications to gain an entry into university. This led them to deliver their Access to HE courses, which have proved to be a huge success for students. Some have gained entry into top universities and have attained bursaries as a result.

Access to Nursing. Students at the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London. Photo: Jacky Chapman