Twenty One year old Matthew Brown secured triple Distinction * in his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business course. Originally from Leicester, Matthew moved to Caerphilly in 2016 and studied for his GCSEâ€™s at St. Martins School, where he gained a total of 13 GCSEâ€™s A*-C grade.
After the success of his GCSE results Matthew returned to school to study his A-Levels but after the first year he realised that exam based learning was not his preferred method of study. With a keen interest in the Business sector and an ambition to progress on to a degree course at university, Matthew visited the college to discuss his options.
Â He found the staff extremely helpful and after some discussion, enrolled on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business course based at the Nantgarw Campus, as this would enable him to achieve his long-term plans.
The course ticked all the boxes for Matthew, friendly and supportive lecturers who were always ready to help with the work, visits to local businesses so that students could talk to entrepreneurs about their experiences of starting a new business and the frequent visits to the college by its many influential industry partners. Hearing the speakers talk about careers in business and aspects of their daily lives aided Matthew with his assignments and inspired him on his career choice.
Through various modules, the course provided Matthew with the opportunity to put the new skills amassed whilst being at the college to the test; including time management, public speaking, and managing funds/costs.
Speaking about his achievements Matthew said, â€œIt is undeniable that the college has empowered my ambition to take up a career within the industry by giving me the confidence to try new ventures outside of my comfort zone. At the end of the two-year course, I managed to achieve three Distinction*; which just shows that you can achieve anything if you put in the effort and you find the course stimulating and interesting.
After securing a position at five universities, I have chosen a place at the University of South Wales to study BA (Hons) Business and Management; the three/four course will allow me to study for a Masterâ€™s degree after completion. After university, I would like to either start my own business or take up a management position at an existing organisation.
I would highly recommend Coleg y Cymoedd to anyone who is looking to go to University, full time employment, start an apprenticeship, improve their education portfolio or even to start a business. The course itself has given me so many life skills that I can take forward to university and use every day. I have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of college life from studying to meeting good friendsâ€.
Congratulating Matthew, Course Tutor Yvonne Morris said â€œMatthew demonstrated a maturity to his studies from the very beginning of the course. His drive and determination to achieve the highest possible grade was evident throughout the two years of the programme and the standard of work produced by Matthew was exceptional. He thoroughly deserves the D*D*D* grade achieved.
Rhondda Cynon Taff