Big bang of a challenge

Local radio presenters will “launch” themselves into a new challenge to help raise awareness about adult learning and specialist courses that support those with no prior qualifications access University.

During Adult Learners Week (June 13 – 19), Louise Stones and Rick Houghton from Signal 1 Radio will join students and staff at the Staffordshire University Science Centre, Leek Road, on Wednesday June 17th, to take on three science challenges.

Each presenter will be tasked with using physics to make a rocket fly, biology to extract DNA cells and chemistry to cause a volcanic eruption.

They will undertake the challenges as part of an ongoing Signal Skills Showdown challenge, which on this occasion has been designed to help raise awareness about Access to Higher Education Courses at Stoke on Trent College, which are delivered using shared facilities with Staffordshire University.

Access to Higher Education courses provide adults with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to progress to university.

Equivalent to A-Levels, Access to Higher Education courses are available in Health, Science, as well as Business and Law which are new for September 2015. They offer adults the opportunity to study a range of topics that are relevant to their Degree or chosen career, such as nursing, psychology, forensics, engineering, teaching, finance and more.

Louise and Rick will be joined by current students studying on Access to Higher Education Science course. The presenter who scores the most points across the challenges will be named the winner.

Ahead of the challenge, Louise Stones said: “I always seem to do really well in these sorts of challenges, but I’m up against Rick this time so I really hope I win.”

Presenter Rick Houghton said: “This is my first skills showdown and I am really looking forward to it. I’m not going to let Lou beat me though.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about Access to Higher Education courses should contact Stoke on Trent College on 01782 208208.

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