Case studies

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Ash Hayden - Boots

Ash Hayden is proof of how new and innovative work-based HE programmes can support working adults in gaining university level qualifications and advancing their careers. Despite leaving school with just one A-C grade GCSE, Ash is now pursuing a highly successful career in logistics and the 33-year...

Tracey Hughes - Early Years

Tracey Hughes has always wanted to be a teacher. She left school with four O Levels and a secretarial certificate and worked as a secretary at a local school. In 2002 she decided to start working towards the qualifications she needed to fulfil her ambition to work with children. She and her husband...

Trisha Tunstall - Hairdressing and Salon Management

Trisha Tunstall was the manager of a hairdressing salon, working full-time, when she chose to start an online course leading to a Foundation degree in Hairdressing and Salon Management. She had achieved NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing and BTEC Level 4 in Business Management. She also has a City and...

Stephen Cross - Merseytravel

Stephen Cross left school with 5 GCSEs and a certificate in business studies. He discounted higher education at this stage, not wanting to spend three years studying. He completed the ECDL while unemployed and applied for a Modern Apprenticeship at Merseytravel. He had not received any help with...

Foundation degree in Health and Social Care

Tracy is a busy working mother who has had a visual impairment from birth. She left a Visual Impairment Unit in a mainstream secondary school with one CSE in English and a certificate in typewriting in 1969. She studied ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels at night school as a mature student and achieved NVQ Levels 2...

Paul Brotherton - Airbus

The Airbus Higher Engineering Apprenticeship programme is a prime example of an employer-led, work-based progression route designed by industry, sector bodies and HE partners to develop a higher level workforce. It is very important that advisers know about and promote these excellent work-based...

Online Higher Education - ATL

Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and Chair of unionlearn, was particularly pleased when ATL entered into partnership with Edge Hill University to establish an innovative partnership that will provide ATL members with opportunities to secure...

Higher Learning for Trade Unionists - John Fitzpatrick

Higher Learning has numerous benefits for union learners but it can benefit the trade union movement itself by giving activists the key skills to improve the lives of their fellow workers. John Fitzpatrick, a TU Education Tutor at Southampton City College, is a good example of this learning in...

Open University - Gaynor Purdom

I was working for the NHS as a team secretary for a Community Mental Health Team in High Wycombe when I began studying with the Open University at the age of 36. I became very interested in the field I was working in and decided I wanted to find out more in a way that enabled me to combine work, a...

Peter Amphlett - RCM

Peter left school with two A Levels and eight O Levels. Peter is currently completing a Foundation degree (FD) in Business Studies at the Open University, via distance learning. The programme includes eight OU modules and Peter started the degree with one union and employer and is continuing with...