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Computing Case Study - Louise Jones

About you and background
My name is Louise, and I am 20 years of age. I live in Caerphilly, and I left Coleg y Cymoedd in 2014, with a D*D*D* profile.

What course did you study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
I studied BTEC Extended National Diploma for IT Practitioners, Level 3.

What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
I decided to study at Coleg y Cymoedd, because it was recommended to me by friends who were already at the college, and it was the closest college that I could attend.

Why did you choose to study this course?
I chose to study the course because I knew a few people who were/had studied the course who had recommended it to me. It was also a course that could help me progress with what I wanted to do in the future.
There were also a few modules on the course that I was interested in, which were Website Development and Programming.

What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?
Coleg y Cymoedd’s staff are extremely helpful. They are always there to answer any questions, or to give further help with work. The facilities that the college provide are modern, and the education is of a very high standard.

What do you intend to do next/what are you doing now that you have left?
Since leaving the college, I am currently studying Computer Science at the University of South Wales, and I am also now looking for a part time job in which I can use my computing skills.

How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?
The course is helping me to get through the education ladder, ready to start a career in the profession of computing. Before studying the course, I had previously studied A Level ICT. I feel that without this course and with A Level alone, I would not be doing as well as I am now in university. The course gave me the skills that I needed to be able to succeed in Computer science, whereas the A Level course didn’t.

How will studying impact on your life?
On the course you study a number of key skills, which include Communication and Application of Number. These improved my ability to communicate effectively and work with numbers more proficiently. These will help within everyday life in any situation, as they are skills that everybody requires.
The wide range of modules on the course also allows more career options, as many skills are gained meaning there is the ability to go into a specified job, such as web designer or computer programmer.

Would you recommend this college/this course to others?
I would most definitely recommend the college to others, but in particular the course. The course is a great stepping stone to studying the subject at a higher level, and gaining employment within the computing area.

Your tutor Lesley Hughes said:
Over the two-year period that Louise studied in the College she proved to be an exemplary student and thoroughly deserved the ‘Student of the Year’ award on the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma. The course team found Louise to be a very motivated learner who always completed her work on time and to a very high standard. I am very pleased that Louise has decided to continue her education at the University of South Wales and I am sure that she has a very bright future ahead of her.

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