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College’s A Levels provided a ‘stepping stone to my future’, says UWE graduate

An ‘exemplary’ former A Level student has graduated UWE Bristol with a 2:1 after enjoying a ‘fantastic’ experience at City of Bristol College.

21-year-old George Haines said studying A Levels with us offered the ‘perfect stepping stone’ to his future aspirations at university when he decided to start his studies with us in 2016 on the A Level programme, studying English Literature, Language and Psychology.

George chose to study with us because of the city centre location which was ‘well maintained’ and had a ‘community feel’ about it.

He said: “City of Bristol College offered a wide range of A Level courses with encouraging past results, so I figured it was a no-brainer to study somewhere which could form a stepping stone for my future studies at university.”

Despite the intensity of his A Levels, George said the lecturers who helped him through were ‘incredibly supportive’ to all students on their A Level journeys.

He explained: “The teaching was thorough and provided a fascinating array of lectures, using examples and case studies to encourage students to explore the topics available.

“You could see that the lecturers wanted their students to succeed and personal tutors also gave students a chance to voice any concerns about their studies in a judgement-free zone.”

George said attending college was ‘instrumental’ in gaining his place on the BA English Language and Linguistics course at our university partner, UWE Bristol, and he said he ‘couldn’t have achieved without the teaching and support of the staff and the facilities at the College’.

George’s lecturer, Suzanne Williams, described him as an ‘exemplary student’and hopes he will become an example to other young boys considering A Levels at college.

She added: “George was one of the most diligent and motivated students we have had at College. He took responsibility for his studies and really thrived in the mature, independent, adult atmosphere of the College.

“He was determined to do well from the outset and worked hard to achieve his goals. It was great to see him thrive at College and grow in confidence as the two years progressed.”

Now, looking ahead to the future, George hopes to start a career in research and academia within either a UK or international university and is even considering lecturing at a higher level.

He added: “My time at City of Bristol College was the first experience I had at high level study and formed the foundations for gaining my undergraduate qualification.”

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