Former BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport coaching and development Student Tyreace Palmer was earlier this year was offered a professional contract at Notts County.
He tells us how his time at college helped to inspire and prepare him for a professional football career and why a vocational course was the perfect choice for him.
The transition from school to college is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time but offers the opportunity to choose the subjects and courses you are passionate about and study in a way that suits you best.
Tyreace tells us how he found the transition and why he preferred studying for a vocational style course.
I found my course really enjoyable. The transition from school to college was big but beneficial on a personal note and this type of learning was something I really embraced because I was studying subjects that I really enjoyed learning about. This type of learning also played to my strengths. I was never someone who enjoyed all academic subjects. Studying a BTEC allowed me to focus on the subject I was most passionate about.- Tyreace Palmer
Professional football has been a long-term goal for Tyreace and he explains how his course and the support he received from his tutors allowed him to focus on his goals, and also consider all the future options available to him.
“My college tutors were Josh Bradshaw and Helen Ramsey. They were really nice people, and they knew the importance of having a healthy balance of academic work and my football development. If I had any queries about my academic work, I could ask my tutors and they also acted as fantastic pastoral support throughout my two years.
“Professional football has always been my long-term goal and this course allowed me to venture into other opportunities too. This is something I found incredibly useful if I wasn’t to achieve my aspiration. I really appreciated that my tutors emphasised how important it was to have a backup plan and the support I received from them allowed me to explore and consider lots of different opportunities and career paths.
Earlier this year Tyreace was offered a professional contract at Notts County. Tyreace explains how the transferable skills he learned on his course are benefitting him both on and off the pitch.
“Undertaking this course has really helped me within my current position as it educated me further in lots of different ways; for example, speaking to the press and gaining a deeper understanding of my own football analysis to aid my performance on the pitch. My course also helped me to identify the importance of the psychological and physical demands of sport.”
For students considering a vocational course at Nottingham College, Tyreace offers some advice.
“I would advise students them to get the work done when the deadlines are set, stay respectful to peers and tutors as well as get involved in every opportunity offered. Do everything you can to better yourself.”
There's still time to join us!
There is still time to join us on a vocational course at Nottingham College this September and we’re holding a drop-in enrolment session at our City Hub Campus this Saturday (4th September).