Accountancy student makes a comeback

Craig Earl joined our accounting course after meeting our accountancy team at one of our open days.

He said:

“I worked in Durham and I was really impressed by the college so applied to study on an evening after work. The college went into full lockdown as a result of the pandemic, by which point I had already completed two exams with three left to go.

“I was working from home and the college ensured I had access to the resources I needed.

With the lockdown, schools also closed meaning Craig had the difficult task of rearranging shifts at work so he could home-school his five-year-old.

He continued: “I was working late into the evenings and weekends just to try to catch up, and my studies suffered. My tutors were fantastic – they were empathetic about my situation and extremely understanding.”

“I received targeted support when I returned to studying, to help me catch up. I was over the moon when I passed the remaining three exams. I can’t thank Carol and Rachel and the college enough for all of their support. Their flexibility and willingness to support students through such a challenging and strange time is amazing. Thank you!”

Carol Smith, Programme Lead for Accounting, commented: “The team and the college were keen to ensure Craig was not disadvantaged during a challenging time. We worked with various departments across the college to find a solution that worked for Craig and allowed him to progress in his studies. Craig exceeded his own expectations; I am delighted for him! His resilience and determination, coupled with support mechanisms within the college have resulted in a fantastic outcome for him.”

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