About CCfE

Welcome to the Central College for Education

Do you want the chance to study at university but didn't have a great experience at school? We would like to help you. CCfE specialise in the Access to Higher Education Diploma, which is expressly designed to prepare people without traditional qualifications, for study at university.

Each year over 40,000 learners in the UK register on Access to Higher Education Diplomas. The vast majority go on to succeed in higher education, which in turn, allows them to carve out exciting career paths. Let us help you to join them.

Tailored Access to Higher Education Diplomas

Significant research was undertaken in designing our Access to Higher Education Diploma programmes. We can proudly offer a wide range of online Access to Higher Education Diplomas through innovative and leading industry software, to best suit your needs. The choice of available pathways will give you the best possible chance of enrolling in the institution of your choice.

Distance learning is ideal if you have other commitments

With distance learning, you can combine study with your job and family life, fitting in coursework whenever is most convenient for you. Online students of CCfE use PEARL as their virtual learning environment and enjoy many benefits that are not available with traditional learning providers. The PEARL virtual learning environment gives you instant access to your online course the minute you enrol.

You will have a personal, experienced and qualified tutor to offer friendly support and constructive feedback. Contact can be via telephone, text, email or Skype.

All of our courses are fully accredited by recognised awarding bodies that are regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the official regulator for Access to Higher Education.

Our awarding body is Open College Network West Midlands, who provide Certification for our courses. You can be reassured that relevant learning outcomes and quality standards are met, as well as consistent and fair assessment, grading and marking by our tutors.

Wendy leads development and oversight of our Access to Higher Education Programme provision. She is an award winning manager of educational programmes that are designed to meet the needs of individual students, organisations and employers. She is also a qualified and experienced lecturer, graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and the QAA.

Her approach is innovative and pioneering, and in many cases the programmes she has contributed to have been used as a benchmark for other educational institutions. These highly reputable programmes have been recognised at Ministerial level within the UK Government, and have won UK National Training Awards.

Her lecturing and training experience incorporates a range of academic subjects from GCSE level through to Higher Education. She is currently responsible for the quality assurance of all study materials used for the Access to HE Diplomas, as well as supporting students with their completion of a number of programme units. She also plays a key role in the Internal Quality Assurance of our programmes.

Wendy has been involved in learning and organisational development for a number of organisations, working with managers at all levels, in order to develop their leadership skills and capabilities. She has a wealth of experience in the design, development and delivery of both bespoke and qualification-based leadership and management programmes.
Jan began her career in education and training over 20 years ago. Jan’s skills as a trainer, assessor and internal verifier were initially gained by working in the public sector with positions at Bournemouth and Poole College, Salisbury College and the Dorset Adult Education Service among others.

Jan then opened and ran an independent training school in Bournemouth that trained doctors and nurses in clinical therapies such as sclerotherapy and remedial micro-pigmentation for reconstruction of features following accidents or surgery. She attracted an international audience with students from Japan, Poland and from the UK. This proved to be a most valuable experience in that it inspired Jan’s approach to the design of the training materials and afforded a deeper understanding of learning styles and assessment methods to meet the needs of such diverse groups.

With a deep rooted commitment to quality built on her experience Jan manages our network of assessors and internal quality assurers. As an expert in her field Jan plays an active role working with Awarding Organisations to develop qualifications. She also closely monitors development of training materials and assessment methodologies to offer as much interest and variety as possible.
Kate Strohm graduated with a PhD from the University of Exeter. Her focus was the neurological impact of exercise on cigarette cravings during periods of withdrawal. This work won 5 young investigator awards and gained media interest in her studies.

Having completed her PhD, Kate was offered a job at Moffitt Cancer Centre in the USA, one of the top 5 cancer hospitals in America. Starting as a postdoctoral research fellow, she secured funding including a prestigious federal grant from the National Institute of Health. Kate moved onto a Senior Research Scientist position where she assessed the neurological effects of chemotherapy treatment on breast cancer patients. Kate has lectured in universities in the UK, USA and Canada and has a number of peer-reviewed publications in academic journals.

Kate leads our Biology & Health Studies teams and heads content and programme development in these focused, popular and important academic subject areas. Kate also takes on some programme oversight functions. Liaising with our customer service team and all our learners she records and monitors their feedback to ensure our diplomas remain perfectly specified vs changing university entrance requirements and the perpetually changing demands of our learners and the workplace.
Helen is a qualified and experienced Education Practitioner and Manager with more than 25 years’ experience in a broad range of Business and Education settings. She has supported, taught and mentored learners, teaching staff, assessors and managers at all levels to develop their knowledge and apply those new skills into their working practice. With a passion for education and learning, Helen is committed to continually developing her own skills and knowledge as well as contributing to the design and creation, delivery, and management of the highest quality provision for learners. This commitment to education, and to the quality of provision, has led to Helen’s involvement in various high profile projects. The most notable of which being her consultancy work which led to the formation of a private college for learners who had been excluded from mainstream education.

Her roles have also included working with offenders and ex-offenders who have needed additional support to manage behaviour and personal learning programmes. Her input to strategic planning and course development has led to changes in education programmes and behaviour management programmes designed to reduce re-offending.
Vicky has co-authored on the majority of our Childhood Studies units. Vicky began her career in South Africa as a nurse and then midwife, completing her Nursing Degree through UNISA. Moving to England she completed her qualification in Mental Nursing and worked in psychiatry for a couple of years before moving into further education. She completed her NVQ in Childcare and Education and Certificate of Education while teaching and assessing in the Childcare and Health and Social Care department of Derby University where she has taught across all levels from foundation to level 5.

She went on to complete her M(Ed) in Professional Practice in Early Years. Vicky worked for the Awarding Organisation CACHE until 2014. Vicky currently assesses Early Years Foundation Degree students and is an examiner for an awarding organisation. Research and writing has always been one of Vicky's interests. She is a contributing author of a textbook for Foundation Degree students (Early Years) and continues to write materials and courses for the early years sector.
Martin completed a degree in Chemistry at Lancaster University, and then worked for many years with the medical profession to research new treatments for childhood diseases and cancer. He subsequently moved into teaching, acquiring a PGCE at Bangor University. He later gained Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer qualifications in order to train and assess teaching assistants. Martin has also taught science and maths in secondary schools, as well as teaching primary and secondary pupils overseas. Alongside teaching, Martin assesses staff working in schools. Martin has been writing materials for early years sector qualifications since 2010.
Adrian started his career working as an AutoCAD Technician and 3D Visualisation Artist, in the field of landscape architecture. Returning to further education, he studied Creative Multimedia at the Limerick Institute of Technology, Clonmel and graduated in 2014, with a first-class honours degree.

Adrian went on to work as a freelance Videogame Developer on several published titles, for both iOS and Android. He has also worked as both a 3D Animator and Character Rigger, on top children’s videogames and as a Programmer, on several mobile games.

Adrian has lectured on videogame development at Designfest 2015 and the Limerick Institute of Technology and advised on their Game Art and Design course.

A member of our team since November 2015, he now leads a team of developers researching and developing virtual reality immersive educational environments. Current projects include a virtual college project for both GearVR and Oculus Rift devices which utilises the theories of educational psychology, the gamification of learning and the immersive capabilities of virtual reality to maximise the engagement of students on their educational journey.

As an approved centre for Open College Network West Midlands, our courses are accepted by many Higher Education Institutions (such as universities, teacher training colleges and nurse training schools) throughout the UK.

Each year over 40,000 learners in the UK register on Access to Higher Education Diplomas

Dr Kate Strohm
Biology & Health Studies