Fircroft College of Adult Education | Birmingham, West Midlands

Access to Higher Education - Support

Fircroft has a reputation as a friendly and supportive place to study the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities).

Personal support

Every student has a progress coach who will guide you throughout the course. We will help you to cope with any stresses that may occur in both your academic and personal life and keep you on realistic targets, to achieve your Access to HE Diploma.

Any personal issues which emerge are picked up in confidence by the Head of Student Support who can access professional help where necessary.

Additional support

The interview process enables us to anticipate any additional support which is needed. If dyslexia is suspected by either the student or the College then we will consider undertaking an in-house assessment to support the student’s needs whilst on the access diploma course. The College has some dyslexia materials available and can apply through the bursary scheme for specialist equipment.

Advice and guidance 

A major advantage of the Access to Higher Education programme is that you can try different subjects and decide which direction to go. You will receive information, advice and guidance to help you make these choices and inform you of any career-specific requirements to help you  progress onto Higher Education.

Careers and Higher Education Fairs

We hold a Higher Education Fair where representatives from local Universities come to Fircroft to talk to our students – you will also have the opportunity to speak to the experts one to one.

We also hold a Careers Fair where professionals from a wide range of vocations come to talk to our students about their work and potential entry routes into their profession – again, you will have the invaluable opportunity to question these people.

"There is very good support for learners with a wide range of personal , social and emotional difficulties. Staff fully understand learners needs and provide a very supportive environment."

Adult Learning Inspectors, Ofsted

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