What’s it like being a residential student on the Access to Higher Education Diploma at Fircroft?

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Chantelle Maguraushe shares her experiences of studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma at Fircroft College.

Fircroft student Chantelle Maguraushe offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be a resident student on the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Sciences and Humanities.

“There’s a time in your life where you’re not quite sure where you are. You think everything’s perfect, but it’s not perfect… Then one day you wake up and you can’t quite picture yourself in the situation you’re in. But the secret is, if you can picture yourself doing it, you can do it.” (Tom DeLonge)

If you’re looking to study the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Sciences and Humanities at Fircroft College, then I hope this blog post goes some way in helping you make that decision.

Like anything, the Access Diploma is not without its difficulties, but thankfully there is a great team of staff on hand to help. With our first few assignments due this coming week, it can feel daunting given that we started only three weeks ago. But on a great note, the modules are very interesting.

So far we have been exposed to literature on Feudalism, Socialisation and other sociological theories, as well as literary pieces such as Billy Bragg’s ‘It Says Here’ and Nick Hornby’s ‘Nipple Jesus’ – all fascinating reads. With a class of less than thirty students, we have become quite a close-knit group – a family away from home if you like.

As for college life, there are some residential students as well as non-residential students living off campus. I can mostly speak for the residential students and what I have to say is – it is awesome! Now, I am not just saying this. Class is a mere minute away from the living quarters, there is free WIFI, three meals are provided daily and the living quarters aren’t too shabby. They are spacious with an en-suite bath and toilet. I mean, what more can you ask for?

The grounds are beautifully maintained and there is plenty of benches to sit and just chill, maybe whilst enjoying the view.

I won’t blather on… I will finish by saying, if you’re looking for a unique learning experience unlike that of much larger colleges, then Fircroft College is the place for you.

Here are some opinions of my fellow students on the Access course:

  • Whilst at larger colleges you can get lost in the crowd, here at Fircroft it’s not really a worry and it’s not difficult to get work done. Plus, you can’t be a resident at most colleges! (Alex French)
  • It’s more accommodating at Fircroft and offers more support due to its smaller size. (Clarista Bird)
  • There’s a cosy atmosphere and you’re not likely to slip under the net whilst here. You feel like a part of history. You are not treated differently whether you are a resident or non-resident. (Chantelle Golden)
  • It’s very inclusive, with smaller classes and structured in such a way as to get the best out of its students. (Karen Mowbray)
  • I think Fircroft, due its ethos and smaller size is a much more supportive college. I get a sense of the ‘Fircroft family’ here. (Naomi Ball)
  • Fircroft offers a supportive learning environment. (Nathan Chin)
  • It is warm and welcoming with small study groups/classes that mean staff can really help students with their personal study goals. (Melanie Starkey)

For more information on the Access to Higher Education Diploma at Fircroft please take a look at  www.fircroft.ac.uk/access-to-he

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