Unique Birmingham college aiming high with Access to Higher Education students


A College in Selly Oak is celebrating an outstanding year with Access students going on to achieve a 95% success rate and national awards.

Fircroft College are celebrating another successful year following a 95% success rate for students, with the national average sitting at 65%.

Alumni have gone on to win national awards such as the Helena Kennedy award and Open College Network West Midlands Access to HE Learner Awards.

Academic year 2017/2018 was an outstanding year for the residential college as Access to Higher Education students as 100% of students went on to university and 95% went on to their University of choice.

The Access to HE course highlights the successes of the students as well as the progression and impact made by the students during their 9 month term on the programme.

Many of the students of have come from recovery services, mental health services, supported housing and employment services.

The college’s ongoing social justice aims to provide students from complex backgrounds with a stepping stone to higher education and long-term educational and employment goals.

Mel Lenehan, Principal and CEO of Fircroft said: “Our Access to HE programme provides an important pathway to University that for many of our students would otherwise be unachievable.

“The supportive, small residential environment the College provides contributes immensely to our fantastic results.”

For more information on Access to Higher Education Diplomas at Fircroft, head to their website here.


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