Emma Blackburn

What course did you study?

I studied A Levels in Law, History and Religious Studies and I also did Welsh Baccalaureate.

What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I never really enjoyed a school environment and wanted some more independence with my studies. I was really impressed at Coleg y Cymoedd’s Open Day and how friendly the tutors were, so I decided to study there for my A Levels.

Why did you choose this course?

I needed A Levels to get onto my chosen university degree.

What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?

One of the main benefits for me was having that more independent study - for example, I was told when the deadline was, but wasn’t pestered to do the work, it was up to me. This really set me in good stead for university life as it is so similar, which was a huge benefit. I also gained a new circle of friends, who I’m still friends with now, which is really nice.

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

I left Coleg y Cymoedd three years ago and got into Cardiff University to study Law. I’m now in my final year of my undergraduate degree and am looking to undertake the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor, as well as a Masters in Law next year.

How did the course help you achieve your ambitions?

Again, the independent learning element was really helpful, I cannot stress how well this set me up for university life. A lot of the Law A Level covered the basic concepts of my undergraduate degree topics too. Also, the format of the exams, for example, essay writing and the structure of essays, was very helpful as it is similar to the type of thing expected of me in university.

How has studying impacted on your life?

I definitely had an increase in my confidence after studying at Coleg y Cymoedd, mainly in that I was made to approach new people, including working professionals at various careers events throughout the years I was there.

Would you recommend this college and course to others?

Absolutely! I would 100% recommend Coleg y Cymoedd (Nantgarw) to anybody considering doing their A Levels in a different environment to school. It really helped me and set me up to be independent, work on my own accord as well as developing my time management skills - something which you don’t get so much of in school as you are typically told what to do and when.

My tutors names:

Kayleigh Long (Law), Chris Griffiths (History), Amanda Jones/Mike Horgan (Religious Studies), Corrine Stephens (Welsh Bac).

Emma Blackburn


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