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Student Journey: Sue Adcock

Susan Adock

Former bank manager, Susan Adcock, wanted to return to education in order to pursue a career change, but soon realised she didn’t meet the traditional entry requirements needed to do a degree at university.

But after spotting a prospectus for CLL in her local supermarket, she found a route to a degree that didn’t have traditional entry requirements.

Now, aged 53, she’s gained a 2:1 in Social Studies through our 2+2 degree route, and will be continuing with us on our Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with the aim of an exciting career in teaching.

She said: “I realised that most of the jobs I was interested in required a degree so I didn’t think a career switch would be possible because I did not have the formal qualifications to get on a degree course. But then I spotted a prospectus for Warwick’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) in the supermarket and found a route to gaining a degree which did not require those traditional qualifications. It was the opportunity I really wanted but didn’t think existed.”

“It was the opportunity I really wanted but didn’t think existed.”

Sue, who lives in Ansley Common, Nuneaton, studied for two years at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College (NWHC) before finishing her final two years at The University of Warwick.

She is delighted to have graduated and has found the experience very rewarding. She said: “I have surprised myself constantly. I was amazed to be accepted, and then survive the assessments and all the new academic ways of writing and presenting.

“I found that it doesn’t matter if you have not achieved academically in the past, if you want to learn The University of Warwick’s Centre for Lifelong Learning gives the support and encouragement to achieve.”

After seeing Sue’s achievements, her daughter Sam Jackson, 30, enrolled on the course and has just completed her first year of the same degree, and Sue’s son Scott, 23, has also applied for the course and will start this year. Husband Michael, 54, has successfully completed the Centre’s Gateway to Higher Education course, a free 18 week programme that allows adult learners to sample what it would be like to return to education without committing to a full degree.

Sue said: “My family has come around to the idea that gaining higher qualifications is a great way to enhance career prospects as well as leading to some intellectual fulfilment. My Son, Scott, who will be 24 at the end of July, is waiting for his official offer letter to start the 2+2 at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College in October this year. I am so excited for him as it will open so many doors.

“If it is the right thing for you, I would encourage anyone and everyone to return to education. The most important thing you need is enthusiasm for learning.”

Name: Sue Adcock
Age: 53
From: Nuneaton

Completed: BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2 route)