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News: Hard work pays off for GCSE students

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More than 2000 Nottingham College GCSE students received their results today (22nd August). Among the successful students were lots of adult learners who have returned to education for a change of career or to improve their prospects.

GCSEs are now grad­ed with a new point sys­tem 9 to 1, with 9 being the high­est grade.

Among those cel­e­brat­ing are next door neigh­bours Debs Wharm­by and Char­lie Bux­ton, who inspired one anoth­er to go back to edu­ca­tion to bet­ter themselves.

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After los­ing her hus­band, 60-year-old Debs from Snein­ton want­ed to get out and try some­thing new. After real­is­ing her pas­sion for writ­ing dur­ing the course, Debs is now using her grade 6 in Eng­lish to progress to a Cre­ative Writ­ing course.

I can hon­est­ly say that my teacher Ryan is the best teacher I’ve ever had. He real­ly encour­aged me to write sto­ries dur­ing the course and it sparked a real inter­est for me. 

I cur­rent­ly run my own recruit­ment busi­ness but now I’m con­sid­er­ing a com­plete career change. I’m so pleased that Char­lie and I were able to encour­age and sup­port each oth­er, and to both get the grades we want­ed feels like such an achievement. 

 — Debs Wharm­by

Char­lie, 28, returned to do her GCSEs when her baby son Arleigh was just five weeks old. With her grades 4 and 6 in maths and Eng­lish she is now pro­gress­ing to the Access to Law course at Not­ting­ham Col­lege in September. 

It has been chal­leng­ing, but I have a goal; I know it’s going to be hard but I’m deter­mined to reach my dream of becom­ing a lawyer. I want­ed to bet­ter myself for me and my fam­i­ly and prove it’s nev­er too late. 

 — Char­lie

Mature stu­dent Jor­dan Wood jug­gled his work com­mit­ments with the full-time GCSE pro­gramme and now has the grades he needs to progress to an Access to High­er Edu­ca­tion course. The Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties course will help him towards his goal of study­ing for a degree in inter­na­tion­al rela­tions and politics. 

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I did so much bet­ter than I thought, so I’m real­ly relieved. The tutors are great and real­ly supportive. 

 — Jor­dan

Sev­en­teen-year-old Suha Ali only moved back to the UK from Sau­di Ara­bia last year, so she hadn’t had chance to fin­ish her GCSEs at school. She took the full-time GCSE pro­gramme at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, which meant study­ing and tak­ing her GCSEs in just one year!

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I got 7s in Biol­o­gy, Maths, Physics and Eng­lish Lan­guage, and a 6 in Chem­istry. I’m going on to study A Lev­els now, and one day I’d like to work in healthcare. 

I’m excit­ed for a new chap­ter, and it’s been a good year. It’s been hard, but I’m happy. 

 — Suha

Mum-of-three Sarah, 45, came back to study GCSEs at the same time as her teenage son. She will now progress to the Access to High­er Edu­ca­tion (Social Sci­ences) course at the College. 

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I’m ecsta­t­ic and so relieved! I’ve sac­ri­ficed a lot to be here. I gave up my full-time job as a deputy man­ag­er and my hus­band dou­bled his hours to compensate. 

He and my chil­dren have been so sup­port­ive, so I’m real­ly pleased that I’ve made them all proud. 

 — Sarah

Will’s mum Annette had a heart attack out of the blue back in June, so he had a lot to deal with on top of fin­ish­ing off his GCSEs as part of a spe­cial Pre-16 programme. 

How­ev­er, he’s now cel­e­brat­ing his results and look­ing for­ward to start­ing at Not­ting­ham College’s High Pave­ment Sixth Form.

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I was look­ing for some­thing that was dif­fer­ent to school for my GCSEs. I found the GCSEs at Not­ting­ham Col­lege a lot more relaxed than school. It was­n’t easy, but just different. 

 — Will

Today is an impor­tant day for our stu­dents, many of whom are con­tin­u­ing their stud­ies at the Col­lege, either through voca­tion­al options such as Diplo­mas and Appren­tice­ships, or A Lev­els, High­er Edu­ca­tion and Access courses. 

It’s been very inspir­ing to see so many stu­dents of all ages and back­grounds cel­e­brat­ing, prov­ing GCSEs are a great option no mat­ter what your cir­cum­stances, and that it’s nev­er too late to return to edu­ca­tion to improve your prospects. 

I am very proud of all our stu­dents and I wish them every suc­cess for the future. 

Saman­tha Yeomans — Fac­ul­ty Area Man­ag­er for Full-Time GCSEs
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  • 22nd August 2019 (3:42 PM)
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