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David Williams

David progressed from St David’s School to study a Level 2 Diploma and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business. He is now progressing to the University of Surrey to study Law with Criminology LLB (Hons).

“I came from a bit of an untraditional school background and I wasn’t very focused when I left school. When I arrived at college, I think the tutors could see my potential. I had to re-sit my GCSESs and I got a grade B in my English and a grade C in maths, which is what I needed to progress to university later on. I think young people don’t realise that you need your GCSE grades to get into some university courses and that you can go to university by studying a Level 3 course, rather than A Levels. I would say to other young people that they need to believe in what they can achieve. If you are willing to work towards something, then at least you know that you are doing the best you can to make it happen.

My time at college has prepared me well for university study and I can appreciate the level of work involved. On the Level 3 course I became accustomed to writing large word counts and being concise with my written work; I don’t feel intimidated by that type of academia anymore. There was a lot of support available at college and the tutors are very caring and knowledgeable.

I really enjoyed the University of Surrey taster day, it was really interesting. The LLB course is a legal qualification so I can eventually progress into employment in that area. It is quite a broad route that can lead into other qualifications; I can then train as a solicitor or a barrister. I like debating and I have a lot of opinions to explore at university. I am still learning how to listen and understand other people’s points of view. During the course I have become more objective and I am able to see a ‘bird’s eye view’ of situations. All of it has been great practice for university.”