WOMEN who have taken the first vital step towards a science degree have collected `access' course certificates.
The 14 women have finished the University of Huddersfield's new six-month Women Into Science course, a `fast-track' Access to Higher Education Course in the School of Applied Sciences.
The course gives women a foundation in chemistry, biology, mathematics information technology and study skills.
It is taught by undergraduate lecturers from Applied Sciences and leads on to degree level study.
Students are counted as University of Huddersfield degree students once they start the Access course.
Women Into Science is funded by the European Social fund. There are some student bursaries available.
Course leader Ann West said: "Students are mostly women who have come back into education after a break and have achieved a qualification which enables them to go on to a degree.
"Quite a few had unhappy experiences at school and left at 16 with few qualifications.
"I think they are special in coming back and proving that they can do it. About six are now on degree courses within the university and some have gone on to courses elsewhere."
The next course starts on January 12, 2004. Attendance is from Monday to Friday, 10.15am to 3.15pm, to fit in with school hours.