I like the fact that we are a small class of around ten students, and the fact we are paying lower fees than a traditional degree course is another benefit.
Foundation degree in Business, Management and Communications at Abingdon & Witney College, currently studying for the top up
After finishing my A levels my priority was employment – I
wasn’t that interested in going to University. However, after finding out about
the business foundation degree at my local college, three years later I am now
studying for a university qualification – and still working at the same
time. I think I have the best of both
“I work in a local department store – part of a national
chain of 30 stores – and have been learning about the retail sector while
simultaneously being promoted to a supervisory role.
“My studies are directly relevant to my job – so much of
what we are learning can be applied to my own employer’s circumstances.
“For instance my project, which focuses on ways to help
retain and reduce the high staff turnover of
student employees in the company, is now being considered by my employer
for implementation. The Director of our store is very supportive of both my
studies and my ambitions to progress in the world of retail.
“I’ve learnt lots from fellow students in my class who also
come from local companies – large and small – and our tutor gives us lots of
personalised support. My outlook has
been broadened and I am developing skills which will provide a strong grounding
for the rest of my career.
“I like the fact that we are a small class of around ten
students, and the fact we are paying lower fees than a traditional degree
course is another benefit. By living at home, I am also keeping the other costs
of being a student much lower too.
I can’t wait to get stuck into my final, top up
year after which I will have achieved a full honours degree.
management skills are important to help make sure you get the right balance
between work and study. At the start of
the first term you get given your schedule for the year which helps a lot with
planning and organising your study time.
And allow plenty of time for reading – you need to really read widely
around the subject area. “
2 “Use the
Brookes library as much as you can. It’s
very well set up and has a rich set of resources – both online and in print. I
often go to the Business library on the Wheatley campus in the evenings when it’s