College offers free courses for adults in core subjects

USP Palmers College

THURROCK’S USP College Palmer’s Campus is offering new courses to help adults upskill themselves or change their career.

The campus in Grays is offering anyone, aged 19 or over, in the local community the chance to study GCSE English or GCSE Maths for free, if they have not already achieved a Grade C or above, subject to funding.

Adults can even choose to study their GCSEs during the day or evening, allowing them to fit their studies around their current commitments.

GCSEs are well regarded by potential employers and allow students to progress onto other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Along with the launch of GCSEs, USP College, is also pleased to be able to offer the Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions at their Palmer’s Campus. The course is designed to prepare adults for university if they left school without the qualifications needed to study a degree. On completion of the Diploma, students will be able to progress to degrees in areas such as Midwifery, Nursing or Physiotherapy.

The College’s Access course takes place over two to three days with an average of 10 hours teaching time per week, between the hours of 9am-4pm. It is also available to study over one or two years, giving students the added flexibility to complete their course.

Students applying for the Access courses may be eligible for funding through the Advanced Learner Loan, meaning they won’t have to pay anything back until they are earning more than £25,725 a year. If they then go on to complete a Higher Education course their loan will be written off, so students can potentially get their qualification for free.

Sandip Charlton, Director of Operations & Curriculum at Palmer’s Campus says: “The new provision at our Palmer’s Campus will enable more adults in the local area the chance to up skill themselves and gain a qualification, helping them to fulfil their career ambitions.

“GCSEs are essential for many careers and are well regarded by potential employers, and Access courses are a great opportunity for adults who wish to change their career.”

The College is holding a GCSE Information Event on Wednesday 22 May, 11am-12.30pm or 6-7.30pm and an Access to HE Information Event on Thursday 13 June, 12.00-2.00pm or 4.00-6.00pm, for anyone that would like to find out more.

For further information about the College’s new adult courses at its Palmer’s Campus, to apply for September, or to book a place for one of the information events, visit uspcollege.ac.uk