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Access to Science is winning formula

A science student from Central has been honoured with a national award for excellence on her course. 

Jackie Reffin

Tony Rex, Chair of CAVA Council and Assistant Principal at Wakefield College presented Jackie Reffin with Katie’s award

Twenty-year old Katie White completed her Access to Higher Education and Employment course at Central’s Maid Marian Way Centre earlier this year, and she was one of only four Access students nationwide to receive an award for excellence from CAVA, the Access to HE awarding body.

Katie was nominated for the award by her Access to Science tutor, Jackie Reffin, beating off stiff competition from across the UK

Katie is now studying for a degree in biochemistry at the University of Leeds.

I’m touched to have been nominated for this award which has been a big boost to me. If the going ever gets tough with my studies all the nice things my tutor has said will remind me what I am capable of.

- Katie White, Access student

Katie set herself high standards from the day she returned to learning. She juggled her studies with a part-time job as a teaching assistant. She produced excellent work, but also took the time to help her fellow students. We’re so proud of her and wish her the very best in her continuing academic studies and future career.

- Jackie Reffin, Access to Science Tutor

​After doing my A levels without really knowing what I wanted to do in the future, and then my results not being quite as good as I would have liked, I decided to study an Access to Science course to give me an alternative route to university. The Access course helped consolidate what I had learned at A level and also trained me in some of those additional study skills that would be useful in uni assignments.

- Katie White

The Access to Science course at Central is designed to provide a bridge for adults who lack the necessary formal qualifications for university-level courses in science.

Jackie received the award on Katie’s behalf at the CAVA annual conference on 28 November in Cambridge as Katie was sitting an exam that day.

Find out more about Access courses at Central here