Access to Higher Education: Beverley’s Story

Access to Higher Education: Beverley’s Story


My Name is Beverley Brewer. I’m in the middle
of doing my Access Course. For the first year,
I took Sociology and English Literature , and
the next year coming up I’m doing Psychology and at the same time, I’m going to retake
my Maths GCSE I had a long career in public
service before I started the Access Course. Unfortunately, I was made redundant and it
gave me an opportunity to take early retirement. I took a part-time job and then realised I
wanted to do a bit more, wanted to study and
see what else I was capable of doing. I really
didn’t know what to expect from the Access
course. My most recent experience of proper
education was school I was frightened I wouldn’t
be able to keep up with the youngsters or that the volume of work would be something
I just couldn’t handle. I went to the Access
coordinator and she was able to put me in
touch with a mentor who was a current University
student and helped me tremendously and he
put it into perspective, went through my work, explained to me why the comments that had
been made had been made, and this helped with
the whole situation with my assignments. The
best think about going onto the Access course
was showing to myself that I can study. It’s
a taster of what University might be like, it’s an opportunity to see if you can study
and what you can achieve through studying

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