Lee Robinson

Lee Robinson

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.

Lee Robinson

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 worlds.

“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.

Top Tips

1 “Time 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 quiet. “