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Kirstie's success after 20 years away from education

9 May 2011

After twenty years away from education, Kirstie Hale, a mature student and single parent from Brighton, has achieved outstanding success on an Access to Computing course at City College Brighton and Hove, gaining four distinctions for course projects and securing a place on a Computer Science degree at Sussex University.

'Kirstie's commitment to the course is outstanding', says her tutor, Wanraya Ninsamrit. 'Computing is generally quite a male-dominated subject and she's the only female in the group but this was never remotely an issue and there's a great mutually-supportive atmosphere amongst all the students. It's been a pleasure to teach such a bright and motivated student and I'm delighted for Kirstie that she's achieving her dream of going to University.'

Kirstie Hale

Kirstie Hale

'As it stands, my employment opportunities are restricted to basic admin jobs so I came back into education because I want a better future for my son who'll be a teenager by the time I've graduated', explains Kirstie. 'Coming back into education was a little scary to start with but it's been brilliant ? I love it. I hadn't written anything academic since leaving school and now I'm writing 5,000 word projects. I think I've done well because I wanted to do it so much. It's been a challenge but if you put your mind to something, you can succeed. Of course it's helped by the fact that the teaching I've received at City College has been excellent.'

City College is recruiting for Access courses starting in September 2011. For more information, see or call course information on 01273 667759.

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