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Firm foundations

Posted on Friday, 05 February 2016 at 5pm
by Greg Elliott. See more of my posts here.
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Saturday 30th January saw the latest event delivered as part of the Lifelong Learning Centre’s Realise programme, an ongoing area of work which aims to encourage people from areas of socio-economic disadvantage to progress to Higher Education.

Subject tasters form a central plank of this work, and this event focused on the two Foundation Degrees, in Child and Family Studies and Learning and Teaching, which are delivered in-house by the LLC. Participating were adult learners mostly, although not exclusively, studying towards related childcare qualifications at Leeds City College, who had heard about the event through outreach and development work undertaken by our Communities and Partnerships team.

Key to giving participants an insight into life as a mature student at Realise events is the personal testimony of our Learning Champions. Coming from backgrounds where going to university is not the norm, their stories never fail to inspire and their involvement is consistently described by participants as one of our greatest strengths.

The taster sessions themselves, led respectively by Sally Gibbs and Liz Chennells and Nathan Loynes, gave those attending a chance to sample the kind of teaching and engage with the kinds of issues discussed on the Foundation Degrees, as well as to freely ask questions about what studying on them would involve. In addition, Mohammed Hussain was on hand to give pointers about what is needed for a successful application and how a Foundation Degree might fit into participants’ overall career development.

As well as enhancing their career prospects, our Foundation Degrees are designed to give adults who are already working or volunteering with children the opportunity to develop, in an academic setting, their understanding of the issues they face day-to-day. Choosing to focus either on work with children, young people and families, or on supporting teaching and learning, new students find a course tailored to mature learners with existing personal and work commitments.

Entry criteria are flexible, with teaching scheduled considerately to allow students to fit their studies into already busy schedules. LLC staff are committed to providing excellent student support with both the academic and social dimensions of University life, as well as one-to-one careers guidance.

You can find out more about our Foundation Degrees here.

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