Well done to all the school pupils and college students up and down the country who got their GCSE results today!
Two of our mature students, who recently completed GCSEs at Nottingham College, told us about their experience.
Bisma, part-time GCSEs
32-year-old Bisma did part-time GCSE English Language and Maths to help her get to university.
She said: “My experience of GCSES at Nottingham College was good. I got a grade 8 in English Language and a 5 in Maths, and now I can finally go to university!
“I’m going to study adult nursing at the University of Nottingham. In the future, I’d like to be an allergies specialist nurse.
“I had the qualifications I needed to go to university and study nursing, except for the GCSEs I needed in English Language and Maths.
“So, it was my first time studying UK GCSEs! But my tutor was patient and explained it all to me (as someone who didn’t know about GCSEs). He taught us how to sit an exam, as well as teaching us the English, which was helpful.
“I’m a parent and I did the first term while heavily pregnant. I gave birth in November, and I also already have a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old. I think it’s daunting at first as a parent, but the staff are so helpful!”
I've been waiting for this day a long time, and I can finally go to university!- Bisma
Abby, full-time GCSEs
22-year-old Abby got top grades (grade 9) in Biology, Physics and Maths, plus a grade 7 in chemistry!
Now, she’s a step closer to her dream of becoming a vet.
She said: “When I got my grades I felt shocked and amazed. I thought wow, I’ve actually finally done it!
“I did okay at school, and I did get B grades and above. But now I have experience of nursing in the veterinary industry, I wanted to take my career to the next level and study veterinary medicine.
“I’ve already got a Level 3 qualification in Applied Science from Nottingham College.
“But I still needed to get certain GCSEs and grades to do the veterinary medicine degree I want.
“So I chose the full-time GCSE programme at Nottingham College. I did Physics, Chemistry and Biology and I also redid Maths to improve my grade.
“When I was 15 or 16 and I first sat my GCSEs, I thought I was going to do better than I did. At that point, I couldn’t devote all my time to my studies. But now I’ve finally done it and got what I wanted.
“During the GCSEs at Nottingham College, I was also able to work in a part-time job. My work were really flexible, but the course wasn’t 5 full days a week in College, so that definitely helped.”
College were so supportive. There was a lot going on in the last year for everybody, and in my life, and they were fantastic.- Abby