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My chosen route: Amber's story

There's something for everyone after GCSEs and you don't have to follow one path.

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

... My lecturers and support team ... were always so understanding and helped me throughout my struggles.

Amber's career journey

  • Budmouth Academy, Weymouth
  • UAL L3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology (2 years)
  • BA (Hons) Costume at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)

What was your learning journey?

I was born in Weymouth and have lived my whole life around the area. Growing up, due to divorced parents, I live in 2 residences in Weymouth and Portland. I studied at Budmouth Academy and then went on to study a UAL L3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology at Weymouth College for 2 years.

During my years at Weymouth College, I gained confidence in myself and my work. Although I suffered with my mental health, my lecturers and the support team at Weymouth College were always so understanding and helped me throughout my struggles.

Even though I was happy with my college course, I knew that it wasn't for me. I wanted to complete it as it was a creative course, but I didn't know what I wanted to study afterwards. Originally I had accepted my place at a university in London to study lighting design, however I had this gut feeling that it wasn't right for me.

After being in contact with a career advisor from Weymouth College, I was able to complete and apply for a course that I was finally fully passionate about - hours before the final UCAS deadline.

What are you doing now?

Currently I am studying for a BA (Hons) in Costume at the Arts University Bournemouth and although my university experience has been different than expected, I am enjoying my studies.

I'm excited about having the opportunity to further my education in a subject I'm passionate about and it's all thanks to my experiences at Weymouth College.

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