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Care Case Study - Macauley Buckley

About you and background

My name’s Macauley Buckley, I’m 18 years old and from Penpedairheol.

What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I decided to study at Coleg y Cymoedd as it was the nearest college to me. As well as this I have had family members who attended before myself who recommended it.

Why did you choose to study this course?

I choose to study this course as I knew working with children is what I wanted to do as a career. Also, when looking online regarding the course it really stood out to me as it would give me a lot of hands on experience which I knew would stand out to employers when I apply for jobs in the future. As well as this, after the two years, regardless of if I went to university or not I would be qualified at something.

What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?

The benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd is the support staff give you, especially within the care department. Any help you needed, you could go to them and they would be on hand to answer any questions. A special mention to Ann Parker and Gill Tyler. Without these two I don’t think I would have passed.

What do you intend to do next/what are you doing now that you have left?

I am now studying a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies at Aberystwyth University.

How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?

As I want to become a primary school teacher, it was obvious that after my childcare course university was the next step. I choose to study childhood studies at degree level as it teaches about children from 0-19, not 0-7 that early year’s degrees focus on. After the completion of my degree it will enable me to study a PGCE.

How will studying impact on your life?

Studying will impact on my life immensely. It will give me better career opportunities, increase my confidence and fulfil my lifelong ambition of teaching children at primary level.

Would you recommend this college/this course to others?

I would most defiantly recommend this college and course. Not only do they provide outstanding teaching. They have amazing facilities and I believe vocational courses are the way forward as they give you hands on experience.

Your tutor Ann Parker said:

Macauley was an enthusiastic, positive learner who will be certain to succeed within the early years environment, His sense of humour and caring nature was always evident and as a team member in this vocational area these skills are very important.

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