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Ben’s journey from vocation to university

Ben, a second-year learner, is studying for a vocational qualification at West Thames College, with support from Ambitious College staff. He will be moving to his third year of study in September.

"I’m studying Contemporary Music (Performance and Technology) – Level 3. This year, I’ve learnt to develop more techniques in music, broadening my taste and improving my English and social skills. Since starting college, I’ve also undertaken a Level 2 English qualification.

Ambitious College staff have supported me in a number of areas, helping to improve my independence, social skills and education. I enjoy my time here because I’m doing what I love, experimenting with music and preparing myself for a better future. At times, I’ve felt stressed and thought of quitting.

But I’m glad I didn’t and that’s thanks to the people who have believed in me. At college, the more I’ve progressed, the happier I’ve felt. The college has helped me to develop more strategies in general, testing my social skills and gaining more knowledge before I move on.

I have one more year here but I’m already talking about my next move with Ambitious College staff. We’ve been discussing the possibility of University."

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