Andrew, who is 22 and lives in Shepton Mallet, left school when he was 16 and went to college. He gained a Level 3 National Diploma in IT Practitioners (Triple Distinction) before going on to achieve the highest possible grade of Distinction for his Foundation Degree in E-Business Technologies.
He is now working with websites, e-marketing and graphics at Cosyfeet in Street, where he completed a work placement as part of his course. Andrew is also studying with the Open University to top-up his Foundation Degree to an Open Degree in Computing and IT.
He was delighted to be able to study for his Foundation Degree in Somerset because it meant he could take his learning to a higher level at the college where he was happy and successful. Studying locally had other benefits too.
The atmosphere and support at my college was great and I really appreciated the opportunity to stay there and continue my studies to a higher level. My Foundation Degree has given me a great deal of real world skills, with the bonus of being able to commute from home and reduce my costs.