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Going well on my degree course

I discovered the Access course by accident. I´d got my own cleaning and ironing business and was thinking of ways to progress and I couldn´t decide whether to try and expand the business or move in another direction. Then a friend mentioned the Access course and within two weeks I´d enrolled. During the course we had a number of visiting speakers from various occupations and someone from the Youth Offenders Service got me interested in volunteer work. I´ve been a volunteer ever since and now I want to work within the Social/Probation Services. My studies of Psychology and Sociology helped prepare me for this and I am now doing well on my Social Policy Degree at university.

Anna Leigh - Access to HE

Helpful and supportive tutors

I wanted to change my career and decided to go back to college to study Multimedia. I found all my tutors to be helpful and supportive and that they pushed me to achieve my best. The course has taught me a wide range of art and design skills, and has given me the confidence to believe in my goal to become a Graphic Designer. I have just been interviewed for a Degree course and hope to get a place at University studying Graphic Design.

Hayley Russell - Multimedia Student

Business and beyond

I came to Stephenson College as a full time student studying an Advanced GNVQ in Business whilst here I also studied NVQ Accounts as an additional qualification. I then went on complete the Professional Accountancy Certificate and achieved chartered status, and I´m now a Governor at Stephenson College.

Vickie Holland - Former Accountancy Student

I want to be a teacher

I left school at year 10 due to bullying and joined the Child Care and Education Level 2 course, gaining a Distinction, went on to the Level 3 course, at the same time did a GCSE (English Language) and currently working towards GCSE Math´s in the evening. I am now going to university to further my education and the plan to become a Primary School Teacher. Without the support of staff at Stephenson College I never had these opportunities and been able to fulfil my dream of becoming a teacher.

Clare Mitchell - Early Years Student

You helped me get a job

Studying my BTEC National Diploma has helped me get a full-time job in the motor trade. It all started with work experience at a local independent garage, I then started a two year full time course whilst still at the garage. This gave me the technical theory into the work I was doing and went hand-in-hand with my work at the garage. The course itself included many useful units in variety of related subjects. I had no problem handing in my assignments due to the flexibility to the staff.

William Goddard - National Diploma Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

My way into nursing

After having a number of care-related jobs, I decided I wanted to get into nursing. I saw the Access course in the college brochure and went in to find out more about it. It´s brilliant course for a working mother like me, with a timetable that lets you work around your family. Amongst other things, I studied Psychology, Human Biology and Health Studies. It was hard work but it was great to really get my brain working, meet like-minded people and make new friends. I´m now doing an Adult Nursing Diploma and when the course has finished I´ll be a fully qualified nurse! But I haven´t forgotten Stephenson College and I recently went back to talk to this year´s students as a guest speaker!

Ruth Barratt - Access to Nursing

Tutors are great

I have achieved my NVQ Level 2 and am currently taking my level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing. I am now looking forwards to starting the NVQ Level 3 in September 2007. The tutors are great at Stephenson College; I was also given additional support to help with my Dyslexia. The college also provided me with a laptop to help fit my college work in at home, which was proving difficult because of heavy family commitments, this worked very well and my work improved as a result. I also work locally as a stylist at a commercial salon in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Xsara Waine - Student NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing

I´m a Deputy Manager now

I started my career in Care in 2003 and my NVQ Level 2 in Care at Stephenson College in the same year. Since then I have passed the Level 2 and 3. I enjoyed my courses with the college and the tutors were great, I am now a Deputy Manger and taking the Level 4. Thank you for all the help and advice through the years.

Julie Lafferty - Community living Project - Quorn

I´ve started my own business

I really enjoyed taking my NVQ, I learned a great deal, it has helped me to understand and gain the skills needed to help set-up my own business as a Livery Yard. I also teach and am a riding instructor, and practice what I preach, I also compete as an eventer on my own horse. Since passing the NVQ I have started my own Livery Yard and horse car gives me the confidence in what I am doing, and gives my clients confidence in my abilities.

Hollie Jones - NVQ Level 2 Horse Care

The workshops are fantastic

I´m currently doing a First Diploma in Motor Vehicle Technology course at Stephenson College. I enjoy the course very much although it is not always easy. I am able to work on different cars and the workshops are fantastic. I find the tutors very approachable, helpful and good to work with. This course has given me the opportunity to gain work experience and hopefully from this I will be able to get a job.

Rob Mathews - First Diploma Motor Vehicle Technology

I´m a coach now

I came to Stephenson College not really knowing what I wanted to do or what college could do for me. I enrolled on the Sport First Diploma. Work wasn´t really an option as the opportunities were very limited and something that my parents wouldn´t go for.

I have enjoyed my time at Stephenson College and learned a lot and now have a better idea of what I want to do. The teachers are helpful, interesting and supportive and have really given me the opportunity to better myself as a coach. During the second year of my course I was fortunate enough to work on my coaching skills at Leicester City Football Club, this was a golden opportunity for me and I really enjoyed it.

I now coach an under 7´s football team twice a week, I have been to three university open days and I have started to plan my next four years. I would suggest to anyone thinking about college to give it ago, it doesn´t matter if you are not sure about your future, the college will help you.

Nick Lester - BTEC National Diploma in Sport

I´ve gained two qualifications

I have previously taken a Child Care course at Stephenson College and then decided to enrol on a Travel and Tourism course and become a Children´s Rep. I enjoyed finding out about the cruise industry and how travel agents work on a day-to-day basis. My tutors are great, very professional and have helped me throughout the course, I also received support with my reading and math´s, and gained qualifications in both subjects.

Sophie Cotton - Travel and Tourism (National Diploma Student)

I´ve been promoted

I started at Stephenson in 2003, where I completed the NVQ Level 2 in Care. I work for Vista a local charity for people with a visual impairment. After waiting a while I decided to move onto the NVQ Level 3, I was working as a Relief Senior at the time. I am now an Assistant Manager and I have now started the NVQ Level 4, I also aim to complete the Registered Managers Award.

Lisa Mechan - Care Student

Airport bound

I joined the Travel and Tourism course because I wanted to learn more about the industry and then progress into a job that I really want to do. I found the course very useful in helping to get a career; I recently got a job as a Passenger Service Agent at East Midlands Airport and start there when I finish at college. The two-year course was very interesting; I particularly enjoyed learning about Holiday Reps and Handling Air Passengers.

We also got to go on some great trips; we went to Rome, France, the Peak District and East Midland and Birmingham Airports. I would recommend anyone with an interest in the Travel and Tourism industry to seriously consider taking this course at Stephenson College.

Amy Fawkes - Travel and Tourism

I know more about England

I came to the Stephenson College! This is very good college to learn the English Language. It helps me to understand the English Grammar better and gives me more knowledge about England.

Zinta Rizebstoka - ESOL Student

Good Teachers!

I like the class because class helps students to learn, and we have a good teacher.

Ari Ali - ESOL Student

I Understand English Much Better

I like to come in the class 4 days a week because I can learn more English and it helps me to improve, to understand better the language and make communication with other people. My teacher is very good; she has a lot of patients with us. I have been in this college for about 2 years and I have improved a lot in my English.

Alda Mendes - ESOL Student

I´m studying English

I am studying English to help me with communicating to Managers and Senior Supervisors and then want to go and do my Maths. It is good having mixed classes as I already know the tutor and know what to expect.

Anita - English Student

I can now help my daughter with her homework

When I started I didn´t know anything about maths but now I can help my daughter with her homework.

Anna - Maths

Great Atmosphere

At the moment I am coming to college to do an English Language course, I have learnt a lot and learn something here every lesson. I enjoy coming to college and would like to come full time, but unfortunately I am unable to as I have to work. My Teacher is very interesting; I think the method of teaching is very different. Everyone is friendly and works hard. The atmosphere in the class is very good. Come To Stephenson College!

Viginija Knizikevichiene - ESOL Student

Friendly Classes

I like this class because it is friendly, I can have been able to help many of my friends and family because of it. I am currently learning to speak, read, write and be able to understand the English Language. The class and teacher help me get to know many things about living in England.

Ivars Mikulics - ESOL Student

I Enjoy My Course

I am learning to speak, read and write in the English Language. My teacher is very nice and really helpful. Doing the course has really helped me and I enjoy it very much.

Rebwar Yasen - ESOL Student

I´ve Made New Friends

I am learning the English Language in Stephenson College in Derby. I do find the class difficult but the teacher is very nice and has really helped to make the course interesting. I have learnt a lot while I have been here and I have made knew friends along the way.

Malgorzata Salmanowicz - ESOL Student

I want a better job at DHL

When I started at DHL I knew nothing about Maths or Computers. I am studying Maths to help me progress and get a better job in DHL. It has helped me outside of work when I go shopping as I can now work out what change I should be getting. Mark is a great tutor and is very fair.

Ken - Maths Student

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