Twelve months ago I was lost. Having left school at 15 I had no GCSEs, I found myself turned away from many institutions and possible career paths because of this. As taking GCSEs as an over 25 is no longer funded I was caught between a proverbial rock and a hard place. I had almost begun to believe that this was my lot in life… But then I found Go Higher, an Access to the Humanities course at the University of Liverpool. What’s more, my lack of qualifications did not exclude me from entry.
Taking this course has changed my life and my prospects – but I am not special, these things have also been changed for the majority of my classmates too. I’m sure they won’t mind me saying that we started as a ramshackle, mismatched group over under confident adults. Some too shy to speak their thoughts at all, others speaking our thoughts too loud and without much thought. We are no longer that. Over the course of 12 months I have witnessed us all evolve in ways I could not have even appreciated before. I will not reveal all of these personal evolutions and ruin the surprise of it for any future students reading this; but I will tell you that not one person who has completed the Go Higher course regrets taking it, the only regrets I have heard are from those who chose to leave early.
Those from the ramshackle, mismatched group who have stuck it out and chosen to go on to full time university – and we are the majority – have all received offers from dream universities all over the UK. Our chosen future courses include things like Psychology, English, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Egyptology, Architecture and our time on Go Higher ensured we were applicable for every one, even those of us without other qualifications! Those of us who have finished and chosen not to go on to undergraduate programmes at university next year are still more confident, more educated and in my opinion, nicer people to be around after completing the Go Higher course. But please don’t take my word for it, take the opportunity to enrol on the course for yourself; if you finish the course and disagree with anything I have written here you will be able to write your own statement for future students!
Whatever you choose, all the best for your future endeavours,
Lisa Hopkins – Go Higher Class of 2016.