A Tredegar mum has been awarded a First class honours degree after successfully completing her education degree course at The College Ystrad Mynach.
Susan Davies, a 41 year old divorced parent, successfully completed the part time evening course while working full time at a local school and caring for her family.
After completing a two-year Foundation degree course, Susan decided to stay on and complete the final year of the BA (Honours) Early Years Care & Education course at The College Ystrad Mynach, franchised from the University of Wales Newport.
Having previously attained Advanced Diploma and Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualifications, Susan was keen to further develop her career, and top up her qualifications. With two children to care for, Susan opted to study for her degree at the Further Education (FE) college. As well as being closer to her home and place of work, she was attracted by the close-knit community and support available.
“When you have been out of the education system for so long, it can feel quite intimidating going back. Studying at The College really suited my life and fitted with my commitments, and I felt really at ease there. All of the staff are so friendly and supportive, as well as being fantastic teachers.”
Susan added: “I couldn’t have done it without the support around me, from my family as well. My children have been brilliant. I’m so grateful as I never thought I’d see myself with a degree after so long out of the system.”
Tutor Alyson Lewis is thrilled that Susan has gained a First class honours and is pleased that the first-class teaching available at FE colleges is being recognised.
“I’m so pleased for Susan, she deserves a massive congratulations for all her hard work and dedication over the last three years. Many of our students work full time and juggle home and work commitments and Susan has been a real inspiration.”
Commenting on the high quality of higher education teaching available at many Further education colleges, Alyson added:
“Not only are routes to qualifications more flexible at further education colleges when compared to universities, the locality of colleges to students’ workplaces and homes can make it easier to juggle studying and other commitments. Also, the cost of attaining a degree at an FE college is considerably less than through a university.”
The College Ystrad Mynach offers a range of Higher Education courses at its site in Ystrad Mynach, including HNC/D and Foundation Degree courses in variety of areas. Courses are franchised from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff and the University of Wales, Newport, offering well-recognised higher qualifications delivered by a local college.
Brynley Davies, Principal of The College Ystrad Mynach commented:
“Many students at The College are experienced professionals in their field looking to upskill, and improve their knowledge and personal development. We are keen to encourage more professionals to explore further education routes to higher education, and to continue to deliver first -lass teaching in FE institutions. Congratulations to Susan on her achievement. I am sure she will inspire more mature students to realise their potential.”