For Beryl, the Widening Access courses delivered more than a route to a degree. Here's what she had to say about her experiences:
"I enrolled on an accredited Widening Access Psychology outreach course and passing this enabled me to enrol on the Foundation leading to BA/BSc Social Sciences degree at Cardiff Met and have just graduated with a 2:1.
My friends and family were not aware I was on a degree course, as I did not believe that I was capable of gaining a degree I wanted to spare myself the embarrassment if I failed. I managed to keep the secret during my Foundation year but ‘let the cat out of the bag’ at the beginning on the first year. My family were somewhat surprised but also supportive.The Widening Access team are also deserving of praise, as they were unstinting with their encouragement and guidance.
I still find it difficult to believe that I have graduated in Psychology. I cannot deny that the course was very challenging, having been out of education for some 47 years, but I relished every day. I would never have believed that a learning environment could be so enjoyable and fulfilling.
I would definitely recommend attending as many Summer School and outreach Widening Access courses as you can. Apart from the personal interest perspective, these courses are enjoyable and raise self-esteem, increasing confidence and the added bonus is making many new and interesting friend."
Congratulations from everyone at Taff on your fantastic achievement.