EMPLOYMENT / EDUCATION / TRAINING

Understanding the journey to and through ‘Access to Higher Education Diplomas’ for adults with a Service background

Article

This research report provides an overview of the barriers facing Service Leavers when accessing and completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Abstract

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (AHED) is a well-established course, delivered in the main locally through Further Education Institutions; it provides a non-traditional route into Higher Education (HE) for those aged 19 years and over who have few, if any, qualifications to gain entry to HE. Although transition is a smooth journey for many Service Leavers (SLs) and their families, there are a significant number who need support to improve their transition experience, to minimise the risk of unfulfilling careers within the civilian sector. This research aims to: provide a better level of understanding of the issues that adults with a Service background can face on their journey to and through an Access to Higher Education Diploma; show how these issues can manifest as barriers on these journeys; and develop recommendations that identify opportunities to address these barriers.

Full Reference

MACER, M. (2016) Understanding the journey to and through 'Access to Higher Education Diplomas' for adults with a Service background. Bath: Institute for Education, Bath Spa University.