Business student Sophie Pritchard

Sophie Pritchard - business student

19-year-old Sophie Pritchard is all smiles after being offered a place to study for a BSc in accountancy and management at Aston University from September.

Sophie, who wants to be an accountant and is studying for the Level 3 extended diploma in business, said: “I came to college instead of stopping on at school as I wanted to focus on business, which I really enjoy, rather than having to study three or four subjects at A Level.

“I’ve been able to study at my own pace and it’s a far more relaxed way of learning – the tutors treat us like adults and make learning fun!  They were very supportive when I was doing my UCAS application and wrote me a really good personal reference which went a long way to me getting offered a place at university.

Sophie, who is a wheelchair user and the disability officer for the college’s Students’ Union, as well as a class rep, added: “The college made sure all the additional support I needed was in place before I started.  I have a support worker to help me get to and from lessons and take notes in class, and it means I can concentrate on learning without worrying about other things.

“I definitely made the right decision in coming to college – it’s a good place, with good people and good facilities and it’s got me where I want to be!”

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