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Pathway students welcomed to the School of Social Sciences

12 October 2015

Pathway to Social Science
Professor Amanda Coffey welcomes four of the former part-time Pathway to Social Science students alongside Sara Jones and Jan Stephens from the Continuing and Professional Education team

Head of School, Professor Amanda Coffey welcomed six former Pathway to Social Science students to this year’s undergraduate cohort.

The Pathways programme offers adults the opportunity to achieve their ambition of studying towards a degree at Cardiff University.  The six students have transferred from Continuing and Professional Education after studying social science modules part-time for one year.

Professor Coffey said: “I am delighted to welcome a new cohort of Pathway students into the School of Social Sciences. It is particularly pleasing to see that the opportunities provided through the Pathway modules enable adult learners to access degree level studies with confidence and enthusiasm.” 

Every year adults from a diverse range of backgrounds choose to begin studying one of the nine pathways provided by Continuing and Professional Education in different subjects.  In most cases previous qualifications are not needed and the only requirements are an interest and enthusiasm for the subject.

New undergraduate Deborah Johnson, studying the BSc Social Science, said “I felt like I needed to do something for myself and I have always wanted to work towards a degree.” And her advice to others: “Just go for it! I totally surprised myself at how much I could do despite not studying for many years”

Fellow Social Science student Alysha Sammut added “I couldn’t believe you didn’t need any qualifications to do it!  It has been brilliant!  I have made lots of friends and the subjects have been very interesting”

Jan Stephens, Co-ordinator of the Pathway to Social Science commented: “I wish all former pathway students starting undergraduate degrees this semester the best of luck!  All the hard work and commitment has been worth it as the students take a step closer to achieving their undergraduate degrees.  Well done everyone!” 

The Division of Continuing and Professional Education has announced that 15 students have enrolled on the first module of the Pathway to Social Science this year.

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