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A young artist with a talent for illustration has been offered an unconditional university place after four years of studying at Bath College.

Dominic Davis, 20, has a chromosome abnormality which affects the speed at which he is able to process information.

He is studying art and design at Bath College and has just been offered a place to study illustration at Hereford College of Arts in September.

University tutors were impressed with Dominic’s portfolio and offered him a place to study at Hereford just a day after his interview.

Dominic, from Bath, said: “I was just checking my e-mails and I saw I had a reply immediately, it was quite a shock.

“My parents were very excited. I think they were expecting me to get through the interview, but they weren’t expecting a reply that fast.

“I’ve always known what I wanted to do, illustration has always been my strong point.”

Dominic started on a Level 1 art and design course at Bath College in 2012, progressing to study for a Level 2 and Level 3 qualification.

He also began to study to re-sit his English and maths GCSEs, and is due to sit his maths GCSE exam before the summer.

Learning support tutor Kieran McGovern has supported Dominic throughout his time at Bath College.

He said: “In the first year of Level 3 it looked as if he might have taken on too much.

“It was agreed that he would drop maths during the first year and receive extra support for this GCSE English. It worked, Dom not only managed to do well on his art course, he also obtained a grade C in his GCSE English.

“His achievement has been truly astonishing. In nearly 20 years supporting students here I haven’t come across another case of a student progressing from Level 1 to university.

“He is a truly remarkable individual – universally like by students and staff who work with him. It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving young man.”

Dominic said: “It was a struggle when I started on the Level 3 course. I was thinking of dropping out, but I stuck with it and my tutors made me realise it was better to say on.

“My advice would be to keep pushing and try your best. Going to college is worth it, it makes you realise where you want to go in life.

“The college helped me look at the different career paths you can take, to look into different universities and look up open days.”

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