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College's students go on to great things

08 October 2014

We are delighted at the news that our former students are achieving success when they progress to University.

Each year around 10% of the college’s students make the progression to a full university course, or to complete their final year after studying a Foundation Degree at the college.

Rafal Czubala completed a BTEC National Diploma in IT Practitioners at the college and subsequently went on to study BSc Computer Science at Royal Holloway University of London. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 2013 and believes that college played a big part in helping him to achieve this:

“I enjoyed the variety of modules I studied at college which helped me to build up my understanding of computer technologies on many levels. I received useful feedback on every piece of coursework I did and the tutors were there to ask questions during classes.

In my final year at college I received some useful advice from career support. Private chats about my future career helped me to shape the path I followed. I am now working as an Analyst Programmer in Maidenhead.”

Rafal was one of four former college students who graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in 2013.

Karen Wynn studied a Foundation Degree in Children’s Development and Learning (CDL) at the college before going to the University of Reading to complete her BA (Hons) in the same subject. This course was part of a career change for Karen who had started working part-time at her children’s nursery after a career in Midwifery.

She said of her time at college:

"The tutors on the course were fantastic. They were always willing to help, listen and share ideas and opinions. Having a personal tutor was particularly helpful in times of stress, including studying with three young children and a husband often in Afghanistan, as someone to give you the confidence to carry on and occasionally a shoulder to cry on! They were always there for us.

If anyone is thinking of doing a Foundation degree I would say go for it! Although it may seem daunting and you wonder if you can do it, you can! Whatever your age or circumstances, we had such a mixture in our cohort, the college and tutors are supportive and it feels friendly. I found learning again really gave me confidence in both my job and in myself.”

During her year at University Karen received a prize for producing one of the best dissertations on her course:

“I really couldn't believe that I had won a prize for my dissertation. The course at college made a huge difference to how I coped with the university course. Having the opportunity to complete a research project in our second year meant that writing a larger dissertation was not so daunting."

 

Karen was one of 12 Bracknell & Wokingham college students to graduate from the CDL course in 2013, achieving a First as her final grade. Fellow graduate Charlie Gent was highly commended by the university for her dissertation.

If you would like more information about our full-time BTEC and A level courses or our part-time Foundation Degrees and how they can help you progress on to university please visit http://www.bracknell.ac.uk/ or call 0845 330 3343.

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