MANY people perform better academically once they can see that qualifications will make a real difference to their career. Often, people admit that they simply weren’t motivated to succeed at school. This may be due to difficult teenage years, peer pressure or simply because coursework and examinations didn’t rate highly enough on their priorities at a time when they were yet to decide what they wanted to do with their lives.
Sean Tudor is one of those people. Today, he is studying at Staffordshire University and has a clear set of goals leading to a hoped-for career as a PE teacher in a middle school.
“I’m aiming for at least a 2:1, possibly a First in my degree, along with coaching qualifications in two more sports. Then I want to progress on to a PGCE qualification and by 2017 I hope to be working as a teacher.”
A few years ago though, things were a bit different for Sean.
“I left school with GCSEs including English (Grade F), maths (Grade G), Applied Science (Grade F) and Religious Studies (Grade F). I’d always enjoyed sport and I’d gained a Merit in a BTEC Diploma in that subject.”
Sean enrolled at Stafford College in 2010, gaining a distinction in Sport. While he studied and excelled in his favourite subject he also began brushing-up the rest of his qualifications, achieving a Level 1 Functional Skills certificate in English. The following year he progressed on to the demanding Extended Diploma course in Sports Coaching and Development (the equivalent of three A-levels) and came away with triple-starred distinctions – the top grades awarded.
Throughout his time at college Sean maintained his functional skills courses, gaining improved qualifications in English and maths. As a result, he was able to apply successfully for university where he is now working towards an honours degree.
“My attitude changed at college. I became much more motivated to achieve,” he explains.
Sean’s hard work along with outstanding results on his sport course and the all-important qualifications in maths and English have made it possible for him to plan for the future he wants in teaching. While he continues his degree course though, he is still attending classes at Stafford College. He is planning to complete GCSEs in English, maths and science before starting to apply for postgraduate teaching courses during his final year.