Posted on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 at 10am
by Lifelong Learning Centre Staff.
I had been out of education for almost 11 years when I had arranged an interview with Mohammed Hussain, the Lifelong Learning Centre’s Guidance Officer in October 2011. He told me about the Preparation for Higher Education (PHE) course designed specifically for those returning to study. I was inspired to send off an application and was delighted when I was offered a place after receiving a C grade in my English GCSE, in the summer of 2012.
Having started the PHE, I initially worried that I’d bitten off more than I could chew I felt out of my depth and somewhat overwhelmed by the assignments. On reflection, a huge part of this doubt stemmed from having a full time job which, at the time, gave me no support or leeway to work around my studies. However, I had a fantastic course leader and tutor who both gave me tremendous support in the form of one to one’s and feedback for my assignments. This feedback helped me to see where I could improve and my grades slowly began to rise. Talking to other students helped reassure me that I wasn’t alone in my worries.
I am now about to start a degree, here in the University. My initial doubts have well and truly gone and I’m now a lot more confident, prepared and I can now prioritise my workload effectively. However, if I ever feel overwhelmed again, I would reflect about my time on the PHE course, to remind me that I can do anything when I set my mind to it.