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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2010-2011: Exhibiting maturities: An evaluation of the Access Art and Design curriculum

Principal focus of the project

The project's focus was to assess how the Access course assisted students in preparation for HE-in-FE study, and where the course requires improvement, as well as to ensure the course continuously improves and provides students with greater chances of placement at HE.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

The project found that the participating learners were happy with their Access course without changes, and that familiarity with the system and the work required of them led to greater results. The project also highlighted a difference in the critical feedback learners received on the Access course compare to at HE levels, which could affect confidence among learners.

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Samantha Broadhead - Leeds College of Art

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A research report that explores how well learners are prepared for HE level study within an art and design curriculum in an FE college.

Resource Type: Report