I Chose to study at Morley as, being a South Londoner, it was my local college. ...more
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London, SE1 7HT
10:00am - 4:00pm
Part time day
Duration: 10 Weeks
Duration: 10 Weeks
I Chose to study at Morley as, being a South Londoner, it was my local college. Friends had studied there over the years and their experiences were invariably positive. I had also taken short courses and liked the way the courses were run and the general feel of the place. The other students on my course, however, came from all over London and, having looked at the quality of access courses available had chosen Morley. Academically the course could not be faulted. I started from a rather low base, my last experience of higher education having been in 1968.I was obviously facing a steep learning curve, but the Study Skills tutorials under Ronit were invaluable in starting me on the path to academic writing had been a daunting prospect at first. The tutors in History, Philosophy and Literature were all very different characters but shared not only a deep knowledge of their subjects but an ability to covey and infect the students with their passion. The form the tutorials took continued this theme with us all being encouraged to contribute and voice our own opinions and interpretations of the topic being discussed. These factors made it a pleasure to be on the course. My fellow students varied in ability, age, ethnicity, gender and previous life experience but everyone was encouraged to make their mark as part of the group. Help and advice was forthcoming whenever it was needed and we were all guided successfully through the somewhat confusing UCAS application process. A year ago the prospect of the course ahead, never mind the possibility of University, felt very daunting to me but I am now looking forward with confidence and pleasant anticipation to starting my History degree at Birkbeck in the autumn. I am grateful to Morley and the tutors on my course for not only enabling me to make this big step in my life but to make it such an enlightening and enjoyable experience and one that will stay with me always.
I chose Morley because many friends over the years had studied there and all spoke highly of the content of the courses and the standard of teaching. It was also local for me being a south Londoner but that was not the case for my fellow students who had all travelled from different parts of London having done their research and recognised that Morley was special. I approached the course with some trepidation as my last encounter with further education had taken place over forty years before.It was a steep learning curve for me but I came out of it with over 25 distinctions and a place at Birkbeck to read History.That result was a tribute to the three tutors in Philosophy,History and English Literature,all able to present their subjects in a way which enabled me to understand the subject well enough to write essays of the required standard in the form,unknown to me before , of academic English.That sounds adequate for an access course doesn't it?But it was also a pleasurable experience listening to tutors who knew and loved their subject and were able to share this by the way the classes were structured.Everyone was encouraged to express their views and opinions and we all learnt a lot from each other.One to one help was there if needed and the submission of draft essays was encouraged.The Study Skills sessions was a great help to everyone and we were guided through the UCAS application process very carefully. My fellow students were very varied in age,gender,ethnicity and previous attainment but we all got on well together. My only criticism would be that the decision on the obligatory 'dropping' of two modules had to be taken too early in the course. Summing up I would say that a year ago I would never have believed that I would be looking forward to starting at university with such confidence and I have Morley and the staff of the access course to thank for that.
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