A flexible new training provider is proving a roaring success in Milton Keynes, offering students the chance to study for an Access to Higher Education qualification around their busy work and family schedules.
CTS Education, based at the MK Two Business Centre in Bletchley, runs the same lessons on weekdays, evenings and Saturdays each week to ensure that no student ever has to miss out.
The next year-long access course, which qualifies students to go to university, begins this month with induction week starting on March 27.
Owner Fred Lwamusai, who has 15 years of further education lecturing experience, revealed he is delighted with the success of CTS Education since its launch two years ago.
“I’ve taught access courses at other local institutions and year after year I could see students dropping out at a very high rate because of issues with children, family or work,” he explained.
“So I decided to go for it with my own education company and the success has been incredible so far.
“The key to our access course is the flexibility as people can still do it if they work full-time.
“Students can either have all their lessons on a Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm, or on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9.30am to 2.30pm or 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
“It is clearly working as all 18 students passed last year, and 16 of them started university in September.”
Access to Higher Education is a level 3 course that often benefits people who didn’t do A-Levels or are seeking a change of career.
The pathways offered by CTS are adult & mental health nursing, midwifery, learning disability nursing, social & community studies, education studies, law & business studies, and science & technology.
Fred added: “We currently have 69 students, including about 45 on the health pathway who want to be nurses or midwives.
“We are an accredited exam centre and a UCAS centre, so our students don’t need to go anywhere else to get their qualification and then secure a place at university.”
CTS also offers GCSE maths, English, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, business studies and law – which start in September – plus functional skills and ICT courses.
To enrol to start the access course on March 27, or for further information, visit http://www.ctsmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call 01908 821091.
This article was first published in the March issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Click here to read the full digital edition.