Cardiff Metropolitan University Widening Access

By | 10th May 2017

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Widening Access

Cardiff Metropolitan University Widening Access




This is a guest post from the Widening Access team at Cardiff Metropolitan University.


The Widening Access team at Cardiff Metropolitan University work across Cardiff and South-East Wales; particularly with Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The main part of their work involves offering University standard courses in the community, including the two main Asylum and Refugee support centres in Cardiff: The Trinity Centre and Oasis. At Trinity in particular they run Preparation of Academic IELTS classes, in partnership with a local anti-poverty project, designed to help learners get to the level of English language required to gain entry to university or college. The classes are designed in such a way to help refugees and asylum seekers learn and gain the education they need for further study or work, while they are waiting for their residency applications to be proceed. The classes are also completely free and have been running for a number of years. Approximately 45 people enrol per year, and between 10 and 20 learners come through, and gain the level required and go on to further study. During this time, learners are also able to enrol on other courses run by the Widening Access team, join the university library and even gain Level 3 and Level 4 Higher Education credits through other modules the team run, whilst waiting for an application to be processed. It is this distinction, or lack of, that is crucial to their work. Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Stateless Persons, etc. all given the same opportunities as UK citizens through the removal of cost for a course. Anyone can enrol, complete and gain credit for these Widening Access learning opportunities through Cardiff Met. So that, once a person’s application is processed, they are able to clearly show that they have been engaged in an educative learning programme and move on to their choice of course or work in society.

Widening Access

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cardiff Metropolitan University Widening Access Team aims to ensure that people of any age, background or ethnic group are given a fair and equal opportunity to study here in a supported manner. We are committed to ensuring that everyone with the determination, skills and desire to access Higher Education should be able to do so. ​

If you are a mature student, adult learner or interested in learning in your community and want to try a short course for progression into the university, then we can help. We work in Communities First areas, offering opportunities to non-traditional learners which are accessible​ and flexible. The courses on offer are part-time, bite sized learning programmes designed to widen participation to higher education.