Early Years student Leah Poole

Early Years student Leah Poole

After completing the first year of A Levels at school, Leah Poole realised that the subjects she was studying weren’t focussed enough for a future career in early years and she made the decision to come to college instead.

Leah, aged 19, said: “I decided that it wasn’t worth continuing with A Levels when they wouldn’t give me the qualifications I’d need to become a teaching assistant, so I went along to a college open day and spoke to tutors who suggested that the two-year Level 3 diploma in early years would be the best option for me.

“It’s a really good course and a completely different way of learning than at school – the tutors are really supportive and we have access to lots of resources to help with assignments.  We also get to do work placements which enable us to put what we’re learning into practice in the classroom and gain experience of working in a number of different educational settings.

“It feels great that I’ll soon be a qualified teaching assistant and getting on the career ladder at just 19 – coming to college was definitely the right thing to do and I’m really glad I made that decision!”

After completing her qualification Leah intends to continue studying by progressing to a part-time Foundation Degree in Supporting Children in Primary Education.

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