Higher Education Stories

Jane Lewis

Image: Jane is on the left, standing next to tutor Natalie Purnell.   Jane went from working in an insulation company to graduating with a BA (Hons) in social studies. She shared her journey with us and explained[...]

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Aimie Stevens

Image above – Left: Aimie sporting her cap and gown whilst showing us her baby bump. Right: Aimie with tutor Rachel Strisino.   Aimie has just graduated from her foundation degree, which NWSLC offer in[...]

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Michael Pinfold – HND Graphic Design

Type of Case Study

alumni

Subject Area

HND Graphic Design, google, graphic design courses
Whilst at school I had the opportunity to work in a small in-house graphic design studio for work experience. It was then that I decided that’s the career path I wanted to follow. The lead designer from my work experience studied at the[...]

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Jonathan Morgan – HND Photography

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

HND Photography, photography courses
After studying photography at college, I then progressed to university and from there I began teaching in 2010. So, education has been my career for almost a decade and photography has been my life-long love. Here at the College, we[...]

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Karen Baxter – Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism
I became a teacher six years ago after graduating with BA Hons in Youth and Community Development with a JNC qualification from De Montfort University. The best thing about my job role is being part of my students’ transformative[...]

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Wayne Gallear – BSc Creative Computing – Top Up

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

BSc Creative Computing, computing courses
Wayne started his career at De Montfort University working in IT support and infrastructure. When an opportunity arose to complete a teaching qualification, Wayne quickly discovered his passion for teaching. Once qualified, he began teaching[...]

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Sydney Mwale – HND Computing & Systems Development

Type of Case Study

student

Subject Area

HND Computing & Systems Development, computing courses
Sydney currently works as a Learning Support Coach at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College and also teaches maths. His managers at the College advised him that teaching would be a great route for him. He is now completing his[...]

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Robert Pouton – HNC General Engineering

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

HNC General Engineering, Engineering courses
Robert, 26, has worked in the engineering sector for ten years, completing his Level 3 apprenticeship at the College’s Nuneaton campus. He worked as a CNC Machinist for the Premier Group and for ADV Manufacturing in Coventry, signing up[...]

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Charlotte Clifford – HND Policing

Type of Case Study

student

Subject Area

HND Policing, policing courses, police courses
Charlotte completed the Level 3 in Policing and stayed on at the College to do the HND. I originally had a place at university to study law but this course was more specific and related to what I wanted to do. I aim to go to university after[...]

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Rachel Foster – HND Business

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

HND Business, business
Rachel enjoyed a career in travel retail with Thomas Cook in Leicester where she became a customer services manager. She also completed her cabin crew training. Amongst her successes was her involvement in a charity project building[...]

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Dayle Crutchlow – HND Creative Media (Journalism)

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

HND Creative Media (Journalism), media courses
From my beginnings as a junior reporter in Hinckley, I progressed through the ranks taking on roles as senior news reporter at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, editor of a Coventry and Warwickshire entertainments magazine and as acting[...]

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Gary Lincoln – HND Performing Arts

HND Performing Arts, performing arts courses, performing arts
I’ve been teaching theatre now for over eighteen years and would not change my job for anything. Working on the HND in Performing Arts allows me to focus my attention on the individuals in my class. If these same students had gone to a larger[...]

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Kev Booth – HND Public Services

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

HND Public Services, public services, public service course
An advantage of the HND in Public Services is that it covers a broad range of areas from organisational structures and cultures within the Public Services through to fitness testing and programming. It gives students an in-depth insight[...]

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Tariq Arif – HND Sport

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

I previously worked as a full-time Sports Development Officer and attended college to complete my PGCE in Further Education. I have always wanted to work in either Sports Development or teaching. Luckily I have been able to do both and now[...]

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Katheryn Bishop – HND Interior Design

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

HND Interior Design, interior design courses, interior design
I completed my degree in Interior Design at De Montfort University, following this I worked for over 9 years within the interior design industry having worked in a number of different sectors both residential and commercial. I’ve designed and[...]

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Harvey Sharman-Dunn – HND Creative Media Production (Creative Media)

HND Creative Media Production, (Creative Media)
The beautiful thing about teaching is the never ending stream of ideas from students and young people. Being able to help focus their ideas and facilitate their journey is very rewarding. Higher education in a further education college[...]

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Robert Gardner – HND Creative Media Production (Games Development)

HND Creative Media Production, (Games Development)
I have always been interested in Games Development, as a student at college I studied Creative Media and developed my skills mainly in 3D modelling and game asset creation. During and after my time at college I did a lot of commercial work[...]

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Tony Lee – HND Creative Media Production (Film & TV)

Tony has worked for the College for 17 years, teaching on media courses specialising in moving image production. After completing an HND in Visual Communications, Tony worked first as a freelance graphic designer. He then joined Sonic[...]

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Charlie Howland – Foundation Degree in Early Childhood

Type of Case Study

alumni

Subject Area

Foundation Degree in Early Childhood
Coming back to education was scary, but the course is really good, I have a supportive group, we are all committed and want to learn. University is very daunting, whereas college is less so as it is a friendlier environment. The[...]

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Kirsty Allenby – BA (Hons) 2+2 Social Studies

Type of Case Study

alumni

Subject Area

2+2 Social Studies
Kirsty, 35 returned to education after a ten year gap with an ambition to go to university and achieve higher level skills in the field of social studies. Kirsty wanted to keep her career options open so chose the 2+2 BA (Hons) in[...]

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Lucy Tudhope – HND Fashion Case Study

Type of Case Study

alumni

Subject Area

Lucy Tudhope Case Study
I graduated from Walsall in 2017 with a 2.2, just missing out on a 2.1. Straight after graduation, I had an interview for a Designer role at Next, but I missed out on the role due to lack of experience. Soon after that, another opportunity[...]

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Beatah Chikwaikwai – Level 6 Visual Media

Type of Case Study

student

Subject Area

Level 6 Visual Media Case Study
Level 6 Visual Media Case Study Beatah is a mature student from Knighton and Eyres Monsell near Wigston, currently in the final year of a Level 6 programme in Visual Media at North Wawrickshire and South[...]

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Joshua Taylor – HND in Sport

Type of Case Study

student

Subject Area

College Courses

Course

HND In Sport Case Study
HND in Sport Joshua, 21, has progressed through the levels on his sport qualifications and is now in the second year of an HND in Sport at the College’s Wigston campus. Joshua works for Leicester[...]

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Amanda Diboll – Access to HE Humanities

Type of Case Study

student

Subject Area

College Courses
Amanda Diboll Amanda, 59, from Stoke Golding in Leicestershire, was a student on the Access to HE Humanities programme at the Nuneaton campus where her studies included English language, English literature,[...]

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Chloe Muir – Level 6 CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Type of Case Study

student

Subject Area

CIPS Diploma In Procurement And Supply Case Study
Chloe Muir Chloe, 28, from East Goscote, is looking forward to adding a higher-level qualification to her CV when she completes her Level 6 CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply. Chloe chose to start work at 17 rather[...]

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Meryeme Zerzou – HND in Fashion and Textiles

HND In Fashion And Textiles Case Study
Meryeme Zerzou It was while she was studying tourism and making uniforms for her peers that Meryeme, 32, from Nuneaton, was inspired to change direction and choose a different path that led her into fashion design. She[...]

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Sam Barden – HND in Computing

HND Computing Case Study
Sam Barden Sam, aged 19, from Leicester, is studying for an HND in Computing at Wigston Campus. He joined the College on a Level 3 diploma and his tutor recommended him for progression on to an[...]

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Kamen Finlay – Foundation Degree in Working with Communities & Young People

Working With Communities And Young People Case Study
Kamen Finlay  Kamen decided to take up his Foundation Degree in Working with Communities and Young People following difficult experiences when he was younger that led to him moving into supported[...]

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Robert Pouton – HNC in Engineering

Type of Case Study

student

Subject Area

College Courses
HNC Engineering Case Study
Robert Pouton Robert, 26, from Bedworth, has worked in the engineering sector for ten years, completing his Level 3 apprenticeship at the College’s Nuneaton campus. He worked as a CNC Machinist for the Premier[...]

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James Tedder – Diploma in Education and Training

Type of Case Study

staff

Subject Area

College Courses
Education and Training Case Study
James Tedder  James, from Wigston, has a long association with the College, having completed the HND in Computing as a teenager. James had always enjoyed helping friends and family with their[...]

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