Age 19, Caerphilly
What course did you study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
Level 1 Creativity in Business 17/18
Level 2 Diploma in Business 18/19
What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
I didn’t do very well at school because I moved around from school to school during my exam time. I had very low attendance and demonstrated bad behaviour at school, because it wasn’t for me.
I enrolled on a Painting and Decorating course at the college but unfortunately my skin reacted badly and I had some health issues so I moved to a training provider for a few months studying Customer Service.
It was then that I decided that college was where I needed to be to get a good qualification to secure a good job. I applied for Level 1 Creativity in Business because I wanted a course where I could improve my IT skills and eventually progress on to Level 2 Business. My family recommended Ystrad Mynach campus because they had good experiences of it.
Why did you choose to study this course?
I chose Level 1 to get on to Level 2. I’m hoping to complete my Level 2 Business course this year and then move on to Level 3 next year; in order to get into university. I would like to study the Foundation Degree in Business and Management by evening, through the college along with my GCSE’s in Maths and English.
What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?
Studying at the college has made me more sociable, punctual as I don’t find college as stressful as school; my attendance is 100%. I have excellent grades because I enjoy what I’m doing and studying. The staff are really approachable, I have a good relationship with my tutors and I can talk to them. I was a Team Leader for the 2 Enterprise Challenges that we organised to raise money for the Campus Champion. The staff motivate and push me to do things and encourage me to do well giving me lots of praise. Without them encouraging me I wouldn’t have felt confident to be a Team Leader.
What do you intend to do next?
I’m hoping to complete Level 2 Business this year and move on to Level 3 next year in order to get into university. I would like to study the Foundation Degree in Business and Management by evening through the college.
How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?
The course I’m doing now is preparing me for Level 3 next year and for my future course the Foundation Degree in Business and Management.
How will studying impact on your life? e.g. increase confidence, better career opportunities, fulfil an ambition
Studying at the college is building my confidence, giving me a better chance of a good job, helping me to socialise and focus on getting to where I want to be. When I was studying on the Level 1 course I received the Shining Star Award, sponsored by Caerphilly County Borough Council at the College Annual Prize Evening ceremony. This was in recognition for my excellent results and 100% attendance. I also received the Business Student of the Year Award from my tutors on the Ystrad Mynach campus.
Would you recommend this college and this course to others?
I would recommend the Level 1 and Level 2 courses that I have studied here at Ystrad Mynach campus because I have gained so much from it.