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Toula decided that A levels weren't for her...

I chose to complete a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science at Yeovil College because I didn't enjoy the way A levels work.

Toula's career journey

  • The Sir John Colfox Academy, Bridport
  • Level 3 Applied Science Extended Diploma at Yeovil College Partnership
  • BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Brighton in 2017 and has one year left

What was your learning journey?

I loved the idea of a large college as I felt more independent there since it's like university life in terms of the deadlines I had to meet. My timetable was more relaxed and I had more free time compared to if I had chosen A levels.

My tutors fully supported me on my route to university and I achieved a triple Distinction which I was ecstatic with. I then secured an offer to study a BSc in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences at the University of Brighton.

What are you doing now?

I have just completed my second year and I am on track to meet a high 2:1!

I have so far enjoyed every second of it and learnt so much. I have really grown as a person at university and highly recommend it to anyone who thinks this will benefit their career.

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