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Stepping back into a classroom in her 30s was a nerve-wracking prospect for mature student Zoe but she soon realised it was the best decision of her life.
“I didn’t have the education I needed when I was younger, but it came to a point when I no longer wanted to be without a career and prospects. I decided it was time to change my life and use my brain. I really want to be a midwife, but without any GCSEs that would be impossible. That’s why I enrolled on to the Progression Diploma which would give me the equivalent of at least five GCSEs and the ability to progress on to the Access to Higher Education programme and then on to university."
“Overcoming my fear of Maths was probably my biggest obstacle. Like so many others I didn’t pass it at school, but the teachers at the College are great and I now have a new understanding for the subject. It no longer scares me."
“I also have a sense of pride and achievement that I never thought would be possible. Before coming to college I thought I’d struggle to keep up and that my age would be a negative factor. I was really nervous, but I needn’t have been. I have done really well and have benefited from being in a fantastic class, full of students who all support each other. If anyone starts to doubt themselves we all rally round and help. I hope I’ll never doubt myself again.”
Zoe wants to progress on to study nursing or midwifery at university and is keen to build up some work experience along the way.
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