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Supporting Progression for Access to HE Diploma learners. Michael Doolan Kensington & Chelsea College. Marva de la Coudray SOAS. Supporting Progression for Access to HE Diploma learners. Prior to starting programme Ensure learners are ‘Access-to-HE-ready’

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supporting progression for access to he diploma learners

Supporting Progression for Access to HE Diploma learners

Michael Doolan

Kensington & Chelsea College

Marva de la Coudray

SOAS

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Supporting Progression for Access to HE Diploma learners
  • Prior to starting programme
  • Ensure learners are ‘Access-to-HE-ready’
  • Importance of College IAG~ undertaken by experienced Access tutors
prior to starting access programme
Prior to Starting Access Programme

Re-engage Adult Learners

Enabling Progression to Access

34 week QCF Progression courses

10 week QCF Progression courses

10 week ASL courses eg. ‘Intro to Social Science’

GCSEs in English and maths- especially 2014

  • Use Adult Safeguarded Learning (ASL) courses funded by Borough
  • 10 week non-accredited courses
  • Very short taster courses
on access programme
On Access Programme

Impartial Current A&G Essential

Collaboration with HEIs

Develop Existing Progression Agreements

HEI support for learners in FE on Access to HE Diplomas

  • Collaboration with experts
  • Choosing the right institution & degree
  • Linking London
  • Student Financial Advice
  • Especially Bursaries, Awards
information advice guidance higher education fair
Information Advice & Guidance HIGHER EDUCATION FAIR

WED 10TH OCT 2012

12-2pm 3rd Floor Hall

WORNINGTON CENTRE

soas support for learners in fe on access to he diplomas
SOAS support for learners in FE on Access to HE Diplomas

Trained SOAS Student Advisors

Joint Annual Two Day Conference

Automatic Annual Bursary on Degree Programme

Interviews dispensed with- quicker offer for students

Bridging courses for those meeting terms of offer- August & September: Study Skills workshops; produce an essay and receive feedback

Mentors identified for KCC students: student ambassador on suitable degree programme paired in July

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SOAS support for learners in FE on Access to HE Diplomas
  • In negotiation
  • Use of SOAS library for KCC students- including completion of Research Skills Unit of Diploma
  • SOAS to review bursary arrangements: survey of KCC students reveals preference for cash/ in kind maintenance grant rather than fee waiver
challenges to access to he progression
Challenges to Access to HE Progression
  • FE fees and loans for students 24+
  • Cut in funding in real terms~ less time for delivery
  • Drop in Applications?
  • 24+ Advanced learning loans to be written off for AHE students completing HE qualification
  • Incentive to Progress?
challenges to access to he progression1
Challenges to Access to HE Progression
  • HE student number controls
  • ABB+ ‘equivalent’ qualifications include Access to HE
  • New Barrier to Progression: Conditional Offer Inflation
  • Closer Collaboration with HEIs to Make Offers Achievable
  • Example of SOAS
challenges to access to he progression2
Challenges to Access to HE Progression
  • HE tuition fees and loans
  • 7.3% decrease in HE progression for London Access to HE learners 2005~2010 (56.8%~ 49.5%, declining every year)~ Why??
challenges to access to he progression3
Challenges to Access to HE Progression
  • GCSE Equivalents Perceived Problems
  • Not available to all students
  • Very mixed pattern of acceptance by higher education
  • Often achieved as additional credit, difficult to achieve consistency in the Diploma
  • National policy strongly favours GCSEs for adults, and is doubtful about most equivalents
  • Students can be disadvantaged in future progression and employment if only have equivalents
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Challenges to Access to HE Progression
  • GCSE equivalents: Changes
  • From academic year 2014-15 QAA will no longer regulate the claim of GCSE equivalence for groups of Access to HE units
  • Colleges will need to come to arrangements with individual HEIs to accept units within their Diplomas as equivalent~ if new Diploma structure allows
  • Importance of collaboration HE/FE & strong progression agreements
developments
Developments
  • Tracking of progress of KCC students at SOAS & elsewhere

i) Quantitative

  • College Specific Progression Data Available Via

Linking London

ii) Quantitative: Grade profiles

  • From HEIs

iii) Qualitative: Feedback from KCC students

currently at SOAS

ippr a critical path securing the future of higher education in england
IPPR A critical path: Securing the future of higher education in England
  • Recommendations
  • Fee waivers/ bursaries HEI outreach?
  • Unlimited numbers of students eligible for the student premium, same as grades ABB+?
  • Widening Participation Student Premium of £1,000 extra per low-participation area & free school meals student & abolition national scholarship programme?
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IPPR A critical path: Securing the future of higher education in England
  • Contextual admissions data so lower offers made to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, exempting 10 per cent of the lowest grades from entry tariff calculations in university league tables?

• Eligibility for part-time loans should be

expanded to help tackle the crisis in part-time

learning?