Have you ever thought about doing one of our Access course but not sure if it was for you? If you have why not read Richard's story below. Each year our Access students progress into Higher Education or Employment and we often hear about how we helped change their lives for the better. Congratulations Richard and a massive well done.
I've been asked to describe my experience at Bowling College and I will hopefully will give an accurate account if my time as a student there. I spent 15 months studying an Access course in Psychology at Bowling College, and had no pervious experience of studying as I had left school very early on in secondary school.
With very little reading or writing skills and an idea of a dream, I attended Bowling College and was met with the reality that hard work, perseverance and a determination were needed to become an Addiction Therapist. I struggled, faced parts of myself I didn't like or want to acknowledge, but I asked for support and received it from my tutors, along with an encouraging "kick up the bum".
I have now graduated from the University of Bath with a Foundation Degree in Addiction Counselling and I'm a qualified Addiction Therapist. I am continuing with my studies by completing a BSc Hon's degree in Addiction Counselling.
My hope for the future is to pass on what was freely given to me, kindness, understanding and the belief that anything is possible if you really want it.
Thank you to my tutor who introduced me to skills I would further need to develop, your kindness and understanding.