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Eleanor Penning – Case Study – Early Years

 

It’s our second week back of 2020, and whilst we already have lots going on in the College, we thought we’d kick off the new decade with a Case Study.

 

Eleanor studied on one of our Early Years courses, and is now studying at Norland College, alongside agency work for experience and a job at Waitrose.

 

Norland are a renowned institute for Early Years Education, having moved to Bath in 2003. You may have spotted them around in their tell-tale uniforms!

 

 

 

What course did you study at Bath College?

Children’s Play, Learning and Development Level 3

 

What was the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

Whilst doing the course I think the most enjoyable aspect was placement as it allowed me to put my knowledge and learning into real life situations, increase my communication skills, meet new people and show good practice.

 

What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?

 During my time at college I had many opportunities to take part in charity events. One occasion was when we raised money for Children in Need which involved us coming up with ideas, planning the event, working as a team and being enthusiastic.

 

What made you apply to Bath College in the first place?

I knew I wanted to do an Early Years course therefore when I attend a jobs fair I focused on related courses, I then went to an open evening where I felt very welcomed. I also applied to Bath College because of the great support available, the friendly environment and the opportunities they give you.

 

What have you been doing since you left Bath College?

Since I left Bath College, I carried on working in a nursery that I started half way through college. I then started Norland College in September alongside an agency job called Eyears. I left my weekend job at Primark and I am now employed at Waitrose.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study Early Years?

To work or study a child base course you have to be enthusiastic, passionate and interested in the topic. It is a hard/full-on course therefore you need to be organised and prepared. The opportunities you receive from the course is phenomenal e.g jobs, trips, practice and experience.

 

Eleanor kindly came in to talk to our current Early Years students about progression routes after College and her own progression into Norland College. It was really inspiring for our students to see the success that our past students have had, and we hope it helps spark excitement for their future and career.

 

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Jake Cover – Case Study – Sport and Exercise Science

 

Jake Cover is one of our amazing year 1 Sport and Exercise Science students, who, alongside his studies, trains hard at sprint hurdles with Team Bath.

 

We caught up with Jake to ask how he go into Athletics, how he balances College work and training, and how he is finding his course.

 

How did you get into Athletics?

When a started secondary school I had the opportunity to try athletics and I was chosen to go to Bath University for a school athletics event. I did well and as a result started to train with Team Bath Athletics Club. I was very keen on sprint hurdles and eventually gained a place on the sprint hurdles squad.

 

What is your favourite aspect of competing?

I enjoy all aspects of competing including the camaraderie between athletes and having the opportunity to improve my times.

 

What is the highest level you have competed at?

National level including English Schools and Youth Development League National Finals.

 

What events have you got in the near future?

It is currently off season, however, I am training for the forthcoming (Jan) indoor season.

 

What attracted you to the Sport and Exercise course at Bath College?

I enjoy all aspects of sports and wanted a course which I enjoyed and had an interest in. So the Sport and Exercise Science course was perfect for me!

 

How do you balance college/training?

I primarily train in the evenings and weekends, so this is removed from College anyway. So far College has not impacted on my training, and my course tutor has been very supportive and talked to me about how the College will support me if any training and events may impact on my College work.

 

How do you feel your course at the College has helped you?

So far the course has helped me with my mindset and understanding of sport.

 

What are your aspirations after finishing College?

I hope that I will be able to compete professionally in Athletics. I also hope I will be able to work in the sports industry.

 

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Case Study: Sport and Exercise – Rhiannon Bowen

 

Rhiannon is one of our star Sport and Exercise Science students, currently on target to achieve 3 D*s (Distinction) in her studies. She also will be taking part in the British Olympic Trials in June, for which she is training incredibly hard alongside her lessons and coursework. We caught up with Rhiannon to ask her about her passion for swimming and how she manages to balance her training alongside her studies to be on track for such fantastic grades!

 

How did you get into swimming?

Whilst at junior school, I participated in every sport available. I realised I was good at sport and enjoyed winning and competing to try and become better than everyone else. By the time I went to secondary school, I has narrowed my sports down to focus on swimming and athletics, achieving high levels in both. I decided to cut down to only swimming as the athlete pathway was better, meaning I had the freedom to achieve more. I now compete regularly at the British Championships and have been abroad with England to compete and train.

 

What is your favourite aspect of competing?

I have quite a few aspects of competing that I love, however my favourite would simply be the thrill of racing. It is like a rush of energy and confidence as I go through my procedures leading up to my race. This is because I know how hard I have worked in training beforehand and the outcome of my performance will be the result of that, which will push me to try even harder.

 

What attracted you to the Sport and Exercise Science course at Bath College?

College provided a better balance for my education and swimming to ensure I get the best result out of both. It was a big change to school life, pushing me to become more independent. I felt like college would give me a good set-up of how university runs. The Sport and Exercise Science course interested me because there are more relevant units to learn compared to A-levels which apply to the sporting world. I particularly find physiology, psychology and nutrition interesting, which I was eager to learn about. Rather than having long exams at the end of the two years, I preferred the on-going assessments which include coursework, presentations and practical elements. This helps me understand where I am with my final grade and knowledge of each unit, due to the constant feedback and progressions in my work.

 

How do you balance college/training?

As I have been participating in swimming at a high level for such a long time, I am able to manage my time and deadlines efficiently for the best result. I swim early mornings, starting at six, and return later to do an evening session after college. Creating my own timetables to set when to recover and complete coursework has really helped me, as well as still having enough free time to pursue other hobbies and socialising.

 

How do you feel your course at the college has helped you?

I have been able to apply the knowledge learnt through the course into my swimming and gym sessions to help me improve. Due to there being a wide range of teaching and learning methods, my confidence and self-management has improved, which positively affects my training and lifestyle.

 

What are your aspirations after finishing college?

After college, I wish to continue to study Sport and Exercise Science at University, whilst still participating at a high level in swimming. This would involve competing at BUCS (British Universities and College Sport) events with the university team and training to medal at the British Championships. I hope to apply and receive sporting scholarships to support my sport and education.

 

We wish Rhiannon all the best with both her studies and her swimming, and maybe we’ll see her on TV for Tokyo 2020 or Paris 2024!

 

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Case Study: Julianne Mackrell – Distance Learning

 

We caught up with Julianne, one of our Distance Learning students, to ask about her Distance Learning journey. Julianne has been working hard, undertaking not one, or two, but five Distance Learning courses! Julianne fancied a change of career and decided to retrain with us, and found that Distance Learning was the best option for her.

 

Distance Learning courses are courses you can undertake in your spare time, they do have a set deadline, but you can do as much or as little as you like per day, and you take charge of your own learning. They’re ideal as CPD, or to aid with a change of career, or even as a stepping stone into a career. The flexibility allows you to fit around your life, you don’t need to commit to coming in to College (although if you would like to come in to talk to the friendly Distance Learning team you can). If you would like to look at our range of Distance Learning courses you can find out more info by clicking here.

 

We asked Julianne a series of questions about how she found the Distance Learning courses, read on to find out what she thought.

 

Can you give us a little background about yourself?

After a 25-year career in estate agency in Bath I decided it was time for change. I found that I was facing the same challenges as that of a young person, not having the right experience in the field I was hoping to move into. So it became obvious that my best option would be to re-train. With this thought in mind I went back to Bath College, where I had completed my A-levels some years prior.

 

Why did you choose Distance Learning?

Distance learning was the perfect for me to study alongside my job in order to get some knowledge and understanding of the new area of employment I wished to move into.

 

Which courses have you completed via Distance Learning?

I have completed courses which would compliment my move into education, relating to autism and education

 

What was the most enjoyable aspect of your courses?

For me the best part about the distance learning courses was the ability to be able to train at your own speed, so if you had spare time you could do lots of work and vice versa. The flexibility of the training has made it less difficult.

 

What has been most valuable to you?

Being able to undertake the courses at my own pace allowed me to transition into my new career and I am delighted that I have started working as a teaching assistant in the last five weeks. So the course has been invaluable in providing me access to a new career path for the next 25 years.

 

What made you choose Bath College?

I was a pupil at Bath College over 25 years ago and have returned on an off for various evening classes. I’ve always found Bath College facilitates courses well and provides a good standard of education. The site in Bath is easy for me to access so I can pop in if I have any queries, but I have found that most of the information is available in the material provided.

 

What do you plan to do with your new found knowledge?

I have actually developed a huge interest in autism and have always had an interest in education, culture and language acquisition. I am considering looking at ways to see if these areas overlap in any way to study an MSc (Master of Science Degree).

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to enrol on a Distance Learning course?

If you are self-motivated, determined, and know which direction that you wish to go in then this is the course for you. Before you embark on your course, do speak to some of the helpful staff at Bath College who will be able to help and advise on a course to best suit you. In order to do well at a Distance Learning course, I would say you would need to be self-disciplined, as you are not required to attend classes. Distance learning is very much about wanting to achieve the qualification, and working at your own pace. It does still need to be completed within a maximum timeframe however, so it is important to understand you are committing to completing the task.

 

We’re so thrilled to see Distance Learning having a great impact on someone, and we’re so happy for Julianne finding a new career she is passionate about. Hopefully we’ll hear more from her and her journey!

 

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Why study a Degree Level Course at Bath College?

 

University isn’t for everyone; not everyone wants to move away, not everyone wants to take out huge student loans, some people simply cannot afford it and others are worried they won’t get on with University life. This means, for most, the only options remaining are going straight into work, or looking for a traineeship or higher apprenticeship. However, there is a third option; you can study a Degree at Bath College.

 

At Bath College we have a range of degree level courses, ranging from Creative Enterprise to Applied Computing, meaning there’s something for everyone, without having to uproot your life and move miles across the country, this is ideal for people who don’t want or are unable to move away. We’re going to look at some of the pro’s for studying a degree at Bath College.

 

 

Expense (or lack of)

It’s no secret that University is expensive, you have tuition fees, living expenses, travel expenses to and from campus (or to visit home in the holidays), and then there will be hidden costs, like studio fees, trip fees and printing and equipment costs. These can all add up, making University an expensive endeavour.

Whilst the degree level courses at Bath College aren’t free, they are considerably cheaper. Most Higher Education courses start at £2,770 and rise to £7,700. Compare this with average University fees of £9,250 per year and you’ve got a clear winner. You can also still apply for student loans to help cover this cost, or a Higher Education Bursary. You’ve also got the advantage of being able to live at home, erasing those expensive student living costs.

 

Lifestyle Fit

Almost going hand in hand with our lack of expense, is the way some of courses can fit around your lifestyle. Not everyone looking to study a degree is fresh out of College or Sixth Form, and even if you are, you may have commitments that you can’t move around, such as a full time job or being a full time carer or parent. Some of our degree courses are evening courses, or distance learning courses (study from home), meaning you can fit them around your life, getting a degree alongside your other commitments, without one impacting the other.

 

One to One support

University is a popular option for Higher Education, and lots of University courses are full to the brim. Whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing, as it shows that as a community we are striving to get as educated as possible, it does mean that classes are very full, and it’s harder to get that crucial one to one support with your tutor. Class sizes at Bath College are smaller, and there are more opportunities to talk to your tutor, allowing you to ask questions, clarify your learning and get that important critical feedback to help you improve your work.

 

Continuous Study

You can complete one of our courses and progress onto another, or you can take your new found knowledge and enter the work place, or look for a higher apprenticeship. For example, the HNC in Business can progress straight into the work place, or onto the HND in Business. You can also opt to finish your study at University, completing a Bachelors Degree fully and have it accredited by the University. You have a whole range of paths ahead of you, rather than a solid three years of study, with each year giving you a qualification, rather than parts of a whole qualification.

 

Employability

At Bath College we have connections with many local businesses in a variety of sectors, and we work very closely with them. We look at local industry demands and tailor our courses and learning to these demands, meaning our students leave College able to go into industries in Bath and begin gaining experience in their chosen sectors, giving them better grounding to move forwards in their chosen industry. For some the idea of being able to work within the City of Bath is tantalising, for other it may be a necessity due to commitments, we prepare you to enter the local industry and you will have the opportunity to meet and network with lots of local employers, rather than prepare you for your chosen industry generically.

 

TEF Silver

TEF stands for Teaching Excellence Framework, and is used to examine how good the quality of an institutions teaching is. We share our TEF Silver ranking with Universities such as University of Liverpool, University College London and Warwick University. TEF Silver is awarded to Higher Education providers who ‘deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, and consistently exceeds “rigorous national quality requirements” for higher education in the UK.’ (The Complete University Guide). Studying a Degree at Bath College isn’t going to be any less valuable than studying a Degree at a University, the standard of teaching that we have is amongst some of the best Universities in the UK, and we get you ready for the work place in the process.

 

Familiarity

If you’ve just spent several years at College, studying BTECS, Apprenticeships or Diplomas, you will be familiar with the campus, the journey and the tutors. If you have any problems with anxiety, or any reason why you would rather not move away to University, then you can opt to stay at College and stay in a familiar environment. This can be really beneficial for being able to settle into the demands of Degree level study, and skipping over that bedding in process. You won’t need to familiarise yourself with your journey to campus, the nearest shop, the best bus into town, or your group of new flatmates; as it’s been a part of your life now for several years.

 

Hopefully this has dispelled some of the myths and worries you may have had about choosing Bath College as your Higher Education provider.

 

If you’re a current student you can talk to your tutor about how to progress onto your chosen HE course. If you’re not a current student then email info@bathcollege.ac.uk for more information or have a look at our Degree Level courses for yourself by clicking here.

 

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