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Scott Richardson

Posted : 29th August 2013

At the age of 29 Scott Richardson from Frankley in Birmingham was living at home with his parents with nothing to do, no aims or ambitions and no career prospects. Despite having no previous qualifications, a passion for reading gave him the desire to want to move forward with his life and discover new interests by revisiting education. He first heard of Fircroft College via local community organisation, Phoenix Futures, and attended one of the open days held at Fircroft every month. This was the wake-up call that he needed. With a huge interest and desire to learn new skills he signed up for a number of short courses at Fircroft, eventually successfully completing seventeen courses in just over a year. These included Research Skills, Word Processing, Data Handling, Spelling with Confidence and a number of others. After overcoming apprehension at the beginning, Scott was able to thrive in the welcoming and comfortable learning environment he discovered at Fircroft. He says, “Due to the small size of the college, I was able to frequently communicate with my tutors to ensure that any necessary help was given to me”. Scott really benefited from the feedback he received via his tutors, and this gave him the motivation to further explore what Fircroft had to offer.

Scott then decided to enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities in September 2012. This full-time 30 week course, combining the study of several subjects; History, Literature, Sociology, English and Maths, enabled Scott to gain the appropriate qualifications required to make the massive step of applying to and securing a place at university, a goal he would never have dreamt of reaching before coming to Fircroft.

Scott says, “My time at Fircroft has been an amazing experience and a much-needed opportunity to achieve something in my life. It gave me confidence in my social and academic abilities, as well as improving my self-esteem about my future”. Coming to Fircroft was a chance for Scott to study and learn independently and focus on turning his life around. Scott starts a Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring degree at York St John University in September 2013. We wish him well!

If Scott's story has inspired you to take up the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities at Fircroft College please complete an application form or ask us a question on 0121 472 0116.

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