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Maya (Access to HE)

Maya Harry returned to education after 10 years in a successful health and social care career to pursue her dream of studying psychology. 

She combines her Access to psychology programme with a part-time job supporting people with learning disabilities at a national social care provider. 

Activate Learning appealed to Maya because of our links to universities. She says: “I wanted to do a course that would definitely get me into university and the course here was the right one." 

Maya describes her time at Reading College as “a very positive experience. I’ve been getting together with friends and people on my course to do study sessions and I know that I can go to any of my tutors if I need help with anything. 

“I see my tutor at least once a week, but I can always see her at other times as well and she is always accessible by email. There’s study skills and academic writing support that is separate to the course and for anyone who might be struggling in those areas. 

“I also got loads of help with my UCAS application, which was so, so beneficial! There is a UCAS takeover week where university representatives visit and you can talk to them about what you can expect from university.  They also did personal statement workshops, so you could get your personal statement looked over by tutors and the universities.” 

“Being able to recognise where my strengths are and where I need to work on has been really helpful. I’ve enjoyed the course as a whole and I am on track to achieve distinctions in everything, so I’m really, really pleased.” 

Maya’s ultimate goal is to be a clinical psychologist, and she hopes to do her degree at Reading University. She says: “Coming back to studying after a gap has been a confidence boost. It has been a brilliant experience just knowing that I can alter where my career path is going.”