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Rachel Garbutt

My aim after completing the Access course is to go to university to study English and then go on to complete a PGCE in order to become an English teacher at a secondary school. 

The highlight of the course for me has been English. I’ve really enjoyed all the units we have covered. We also study psychology and sociology including units in crime and deviance. At the moment we are doing case studies on serial killers which has actually been really interesting!

When I applied for the course I didn’t have English and maths GCSE at grade C or above, so I did these as part of the course, which means that I’ve now been here for almost two years. Once I had completed and passed the GCSEs I progressed up to the Access Diploma in the second year.

The workload is a lot, but I was prepared for that as we were told last year that there is a lot to get done, especially towards the end of the course which is now!

I heard about the Access course through my mum and my sister. My mum completed the Access to Healthcare course a few years ago and has now just graduated university and is working as a Paramedic. My sister did the Humanities Access course and then went to university.

I applied to Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Nottingham, University of Bristol, University of Leicester and University of Lincoln and I’ve decided to accept the offer from Canterbury Christ Church University. I got offers from them all including an unconditional offer from Canterbury. I was really happy when they all came through. It feels like it’s been quite a long process after doing the English and maths first so it was a good feeling.