How to prepare for the Access to Higher Education Diploma

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‘Skills for Further Study’ courses offer the ideal platform to progress to the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Life, work and study skills are something we all need to get on in life.

For some people, these skills are developed at an early age, through school and the conventional education system. For others, acquiring these skills is not so straightforward for a variety of reasons.

Where this is the case, many people approach their local adult education college to ‘catch-up’ on some of their missed education.

Most adult education colleges offer courses from entry-level stage, right through to pre-degree level, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

To qualify for the Access to Higher Education Diploma, many students opt to study Level 2 courses such as those offered by the Skills for Further Study programme at Fircroft College of Adult Education.

Skills for Further Study courses provide you with the skills and knowledge required for the Access Diploma. They use a variety of learning materials relevant to each subject, making the experience interactive and enjoyable.

The subjects you can study include:

– Speaking and listening skills

– Introduction to Literature

– Introduction to History

– Introduction to Social Science

– Essay writing skills 

Once you have successfully completed some or all of the Skills for Further Study courses, you should be much better prepared to study the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

At Fircroft College of Adult Education, we have many examples of students who have worked their way up from entry-level courses to the Access Diploma and then on to university.

One inspiring example is Shafiq Ur-Rehman. Shafiq spent a long period of time in unfulfilling jobs and decided to undertake a series of Level 1 and 2 courses at Fircroft to improve his career prospects.

He then took the next step and successfully completed the Access Diploma at Fircroft as a residential student. This enabled Shafiq to progress to undergraduate study where he studied Law at the University of Gloucestershire. You can read more about Shafiq’s inspiring story and many others like his here.

Fircroft welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds who want to improve their knowledge and skills for learning and employment.

To find out more about how we can help you develop your skills in a supportive environment and prepare you for the Access to Higher Education Diploma, please contact us on 0121 472 0116 or visit this page.

How work skills courses can put you on the fast track to employment…

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Work skills courses can prepare you for a wide variety of paid and voluntary employment roles.

The workplace can be a challenging but very rewarding environment.

Considering many of us will spend a third of our lives at work, it’s crucial that we’re equipped with the skills and knowledge to make it a fulfilling experience.

If you’re aiming to enter the world of work for the first time (voluntary or paid), or returning to work after some time out, we’ve compiled some tips to help you on your way.

1) Match your passion to the position

It sounds obvious, but whether you’re starting work for the first time or having a career change, you need to think about where your interests and passions lie. These may be helping people, selling, voluntary work or animal welfare for example. If you can match your interests and passions to a career, then you’re likely to have a much more rewarding experience. Of course, many of us do not have this luxury and have to look for what’s available, whether we’re passionate about it or not. Whatever your situation and career goals, the majority of people will benefit from attending work skills courses before entering the workplace.

2) Communicate to accelerate

Good communication skills are one of the main attributes employers look for in an applicant. The first place these will be tested is at an interview and employers take first impressions seriously when it comes to recruiting. If you’ve never worked before or are returning to work, you should consider attending a communication skills course. This will help you with assertiveness, meeting and presentation skills and how to deal with differences of opinion.

3) Be a problem solver

As with any area of life, the workplace sometimes presents challenges and problems. These issues need not become entrenched if you have the right problem solving skills. Think about how you deal with problems outside of work; do they make you feel overwhelmed for long periods or are you quick to nip them in the bud? You may be a good problem solver at home but you may benefit from more knowledge of problem solving in the workplace. If so, you may want to consider  a work skills course that covers problem solving and conflict-resolution.

4) Make your CV work harder

A CV should contain much more than just a dry list of personal and professional details. It’s your first opportunity to attract the attention of an employer and leave them with a favourable impression. Your opening statement should ‘sell’ your personal and professional qualities. If haven’t worked before, focus on voluntary work or leisure pursuits where you’ve demonstrated leadership and team work. If you need help on how best to put together your CV, consider a CV writing course.

5) The interview

The prospect of an interview can make many of us feel anxious, but you can turn an interview into a very positive and even enjoyable experience! The key, as always, is preparation! There are a few obvious questions you need to prepare for e.g.

  • ‘Why do you want to work here’?
  • ‘What makes you think you’re suitable for this role’?
  • ‘What are your strengths’?

As is often the case, practice makes perfect. An interviewing with confidence course will help to ensure you’re well prepared for anything an interviewer may throw at you.

If you would like to know more about our work skills courses please contact Fircroft College on 0121 472 0116 or read about them.