Working with young people with disabilities in a sports environment is always something I have wanted to do, and I would not have been able to do this without my qualifications.
It was the next natural step for me, after completing my BTEC Level 3 Sport. I knew how friendly and welcoming the college environment was and how supportive the tutors were. This was a huge factor for me when deciding where to study and I’m so glad I made that decision.
I have always been passionate about sport and fitness, and the different sectors of the industry. I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in this area.
The opportunities that I was given. I really enjoyed the Practical Experience in Sport and Fitness module, I went into a workplace and gained real experience. I also really enjoyed the practical sessions, as they were a great opportunity to get to know everyone on the course.
I completed 60 hours of work experience, in my chosen sector and became more confident.
The campus is really welcoming and a pleasant place to study, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The facilities are amazing - there is a gym, sports hall, astro turf and rock-climbing wall, which we used regularly as part of the course. The lecturers are friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable about their subject specialisms. The support I received from my lecturers was second to none.
After completing my foundation degree, I went onto complete my bachelor’s degree, graduating with a 2:1.
I got a job at Stockton Riverside College in supporting learners with complex needs, and progressed to a learning support co-ordinator. Working with young people with disabilities in a sports environment is always something I have wanted to do, and I would not have been able to do this without my qualifications.