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Higher Education Case Study - Sean Barlow


About you and background

My name is Sean Barlow, I am 20 years old and am from Pontypridd, south wales. I am currently an assistant site manager for Bellway homes, and previously worked in the same role for another major house builder Persimmon homes.

What course did you study at Coleg y Cymoedd?

Foundation Degree in Sustainable Construction and Surveying.

What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?

Coleg y Cymoedd is the closest college to my address and is a reputable college that achieves good grades with a good pass rate for its students, therefore my decision to study at the college was an easy one. The college provided lots of information on the course details and content making the course easy to understand before joining.

Why did you choose to study this course?

My decision to study this particular course was due to my current employment, the course was relevant to my work activities and my role and the qualification is a well-recognised qualification for construction professionals within the industry.

What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?

The benefits for me of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd was its close to my residents, provides a recognised qualification to my industry and job role, has excellent pass rates and provides a friendly helpful environment to lean and excel in, with the lectures from the industry also therefore bringing valuable field based experienced to the course enhancing all students knowledge.

What do you intend to do next?

I have recently passed my NVQ level 6 in site management and am currently going through the application process having been accepted for professional interview to become an MCIOB and a member of the association of building engineers, at current I am an assistant site manager with the next step to become a site manager with my own development with ambitions to win a pride in the job award by the age of 23.

How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?

The course has given me valuable knowledge and experience in relation to my studies and the industry and other professionals within the industry. The course tutors have supported me and helped me to achieve the qualification therefore giving me a recognised industry qualification which will fuel my ambition and drive to progress further in my studies and my career and become a site manager within Bellway.

How will studying impact on your life?

Studying at the college has given me a lot of confidence in public speaking and a confidence in construction activities and technologies, studying will help me to achieve my goals and progress to the next step of development and become a site manager while it has also given me self-confidence when debating in discussions about relevant topic subjects.

Would you recommend this college and this course to others?

I would absolutely advise other people to study this course and attend this college in particular, my brother has this year joined the course at this college and aims to take the same route as I have. The course content is relevant and provides students with confidence for field based situations and the lecturers at this college bring a lot to their lectures ensuring all fully understand the content and also bringing there experiences within the industry to the course, with excellent enthusiasm in terms of the subjects and student achievement.

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