Access to HE: The next steps to University

Student Stories

Mature student Amanda Mantle started at the University of Northampton aged 36, and graduated in 2016 with a Joint Honours in English with Education Studies. She plans to become a Primary School Teacher, and is about to start the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), commencing in September.

“As a mature student with responsibilities, such as a mortgage, my choices of university were a little limited. I was completing an Access course and my tutors spoke highly of the University of Northampton, as they had known many students who had studied there, including a lecturer who studied the same course and who is now a Senior Lecturer there.

When making my decision I researched the university and its reputation.

Having compared my choices, the University of Northampton stood out for the additional opportunities available, such as the employability team and the overseas trips offered by the course. I intended to get as much out of University as I possibly could, and it was the additional extras and the employability support that really helped me to make my decision.

While at University I took part in some great trips; I visited Brussels and the European Parliament, along with excursions to Holland and Sweden which allowed me to extend my research and understanding of education in an international context. I was also employed as a literacy ambassador in my first year, which I then continued on a voluntary basis. The additional money was most welcome, and I gained great experience of being in a school – this helped me to decide upon my future career path.

My advice for other students – mature or otherwise – who are considering University – the more you put in, the more you get out! Always remember the reasons as to why you started your course and know that when things are challenging, you have more ability than you realise.”

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