10th August 2018
After four years struggling to engage with education, not surprisingly Nicholas Rees was awarded the ‘Most Determined Access Student of the Year’ title on completion of his Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Science. Aged 20, Nicholas is delighted to finally achieve the qualification he needs to secure his place at Leeds Trinity University where he will study a degree in film and ultimately hopes to become a professional actor.
After leaving Danesgate Community College Nicholas embarked firstly on a Performing Arts course and then an IT & Computing course at the College. Eventually he settled down to achieve the Level 3 NOCN in Employment, Training and Personal Development which included completing an Extended Project Qualification on a subject of his choice; Film. The course developed his academic skills and supported his progression to university and helped to build a wide range of interpersonal skills.
Nicholas says: “The York College staff were brilliant, they worked with me to realise my hopes and ambitions. They also assisted me in overcoming my aversion to being wrong and helped me to embrace the grey areas of my life. I have matured massively during my time at the College and looking back I realise what a rollercoaster of a journey I have been on. The Access course is tailor-made for people like me who need to get back on track to go to university and I am thankful for the College’s support.”