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Like Mother, Like Daughter – Access to Higher Education Success!

Posted on 17 July 2017
Like Mother, Like Daughter – Access to Higher Education Success!

Tutors Vicki Hanks and Carol Perrett with mother and daughter, Anna and Olivia

Mother and daughter, Anna and Olivia Ashley-Smith are a prime example of how an Access to Higher Education qualification can help people at different stages of life to achieve their ambition.

Anna Ashley-Smith first joined the College in 2012 to study the Access to Arts and Humanities programme, after previously deferring a place at university. Later realising her passion for English, the Arts and Humanities, Anna chose to join Guildford College to complete an Access to Higher Education programme preparing her for a return to education. Anna successfully completed the course with a Distinction, and later progressed on to complete her degree in Drama (Professional Production Skills) at Guildford School of Acting where she achieved a First.  

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Olivia later decided to join Guildford College to also study Access to Arts and Humanities. Olivia had previously began studying at university but shortly decided that it wasn’t the right choice for her. After some deliberation, and seeing how successful her mother had been on the Access to Higher Education programme, Anna decided to give university a second chance.

Olivia has now finished her time at Guildford College and is now going on to the University of Exeter to study Liberal Arts, majoring in Literature.

Carol Perrett, Access to Higher Education lecturer, said: “Both ladies were a pleasure to teach and a great example of how our Access programmes suit people who are at different stages of their life, stretching the most able, whilst supporting all students.”   

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