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Max Carrington (Access to Higher Education)

Former Access to Higher Education student Max Carrington, who moved on to the University of Kent to study Psychology, has just completed his final examinations, and has expressed his thanks to Kidderminster College for getting him into university.

During his time at Kidderminster College, Max was awarded the Access to Higher Education Award 2014 in recognition of the way studying can transform lives. Max went from being homeless before studying at Kidderminster College, then progressing to University to fulfil his ambition of becoming a clinical psychologist.

Max said: “During my time at Kent, I was elected as school representative during stage 2 and 3. I’ve just won the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Academic Communities’ and have been nominated for the ‘Student Rep of the Year’ and ‘Lifetime & Honorary Membership’ awards. I am currently applying for positions to be an asssistant​ psychologist.”

When Max won the Access to Higher Education Award in 2014, he said: “I chose the Access to Higher Education course at Kidderminster College as a means of giving me the highest possible chance of excelling in life after numerous setbacks. The course would not only allow me to progress, but also progress with the skills to excel at university.”

“The Access course has aided me in appreciating what I almost let go of many a time, a chance of a better life. I now have stability and a part-time paid position as a youth worker thanks to the course.  Overall, the Access course also allowed me to realise my potential and to access the chance of another life.” Max is a great example of how the Access to Higher Education course can set you on the right path to university and into a successful career.

The course aims to prepare students for study in a broad range of higher education subjects, develop study skills and benefit from support and assistance in applying to university. Students typically progress into courses in nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, social work or other health related studies. For more information about the course please see our website… https://kidderminster.ac.uk/delivery/access-to-higher-education-one-year-full-time-2/

 

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TO ALL OUR ENGLISH AND MATHS STUDENTS

Thank you for all your hard work this year and your continued efforts in very unusual circumstances. We do hope you feel well supported by the College in this period of home learning.

We have now heard from the official body Ofqual about how your GCSE exam grades in English and maths will be determined. This is explained in this STANDARD LETTER and we would encourage you all to read it, and to share it with your parents/carers where appropriate.

Your grades will be based on your classroom work and assessments completed since September and your progress reviews to date. They will also be guided by your English or maths tutor, who knows you best and knows how hard you’ve worked. Very specific guidance will be followed by the teachers in this respect to ensure consistency across the country.

Your English and maths tutors will continue to be in touch with you, and to set work, up to the point when grades are to be submitted and you should continue to work on your English and maths until this point.

It may be tempting to ask your teacher or tutor about your potential grades or about the work that they will be doing to determine them, HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD NOT DO SO. They will not be able to discuss this with you, and the grades will be confidential and subject to Ofqual processes and checks before the release date in the summer.

Once the grades have been released in the summer anyone unhappy with their result will have the opportunity to appeal.

Please refer back to our UPDATES page for any FAQ’s you may have.

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