Cheshire College continuing to raise aspirations

This week Cheshire College – South & West launched the Uni Ready Programme, engaging over 650 learners across their three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, with an introduction to study at higher education level.  

The launch programme was kindly supported by the College’s local National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), Higher Horizons+, part of the Uni Connect Programme. 

The Uni Ready Programme, forms part of the College’s renowned Futures Programme. The Futures Programme plays an active role in raising learner aspirations, whilst encouraging achievement through a unique range of pathways designed to help all learners to realise their potential and to make informed progression choices, whether that is for undergraduate study at university or paid professional employment. The Futures Programme is 90% funded through access and outreach opportunities within Higher Education. 

Over the next four months, learners will have the opportunity to further explore Higher Education opportunities as they engage with over 30 universities from November to February. Sessions include: University Introductions, Unibuddy Q&As, Academic Taster Sessions, Subject Masterclasses and much more.  

Wider opportunities have also been developed for Level 3 learners to realise their potential to study at leading Russell Group Universities, via the College’s Honours Programme.

Fiona Burgess, Futures Programme Coordinator, said: “The idea of bringing together a number of leading organisations to deliver virtual events really stretches the boundaries of raising aspirations. 

“The Futures Programme is dedicated to ensuring that our learners leave us with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make the next step, so it is always exciting to see them pursuing every opportunity possible.” 

Claire Barton, Dean of Higher Education, added: “Ensuring learners are exposed to and encouraged to explore their different options is part of our careers strategy.  

“Watching our learners take regular leaps of faith into the unknown and step outside of their comfort zone is inspiring, as with uncertainty comes new experiences, opportunities and confidence.” 

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