Now: Studying Law at Nottingham
Following his completion of the Access to HE Diploma, Sam successfully gained a place to study Law at the University of Nottingham. At the end of the first year of his degree, Sam had achieved Firsts in all of his summer exams. He got a place on the Law department’s exchange programme to spend a year studying Law at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, before returning to the UK to complete his final year at Nottingham.
“My experience at Truro College was really good. My subjects were taught in a very engaging way, and, in retrospect, learning to adapt to diverse disciplines has probably been more useful than studying a single topic would have been. A good balance was struck between providing support when it was needed, and encouraging us to be self-directed in our learning.
“All of my teachers were dedicated and expended a lot of effort helping my classmates and me. In particular, Miles Schofield was fantastic at running the Access programme, and I really felt like he was personally invested in our progress. Considering that the Access course is just one year long, I think it was well structured because it allowed me to build my confidence gradually, yet still provided some experience in managing my workload and working on multiple subjects simultaneously. Finally, the College was a pleasant environment in which to study and the facilities were good.
“Whilst the standard and volume of work at university is incomparably higher than on the Access course, I think my experience at the College has nevertheless had a positive impact. In particular, having had a year’s practice writing properly referenced discursive essays has been very useful. Learning to craft an argument from primary sources (i.e. not just textbooks), both in scientific and artistic disciplines, has, I think, given me a head-start at university, where that skill is indispensable. Likewise, having performed well on the Access course after at first struggling gave me some confidence when I was going through the same process on my degree.
“When I started the Access course, I said that I’d just give it a try, and I wasn’t sure I really wanted to go to university. Now I’m almost halfway through my degree and things are going pretty well. If everything goes to plan, I’m hoping to do a postgraduate degree afterwards.”