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College Experience Leads to a Bright Future
Hannah Buckingham, 18, has just completed her Extended Level 3 Diploma in Live Events at City College Plymouth and will be taking up an unconditional place to study Stage Management at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London this September.
Whilst studying for her GCSEs at Plymstock School, Hannah began thinking about her post-16 options and was introduced to City College by family and friends who had studied there. As she was interested in learning in a practical environment, Hannah attended one of the College’s Year 11 taster sessions in Live Events. Hannah says: “I’ve grown up around events and have always enjoyed seeing what goes on behind the scenes. After attending the taster session, I knew that I wanted to do the Live Events course at the College because it seemed like the best route for me to pursue a career in this industry.”
Describing what she likes about the course, Hannah says: “I get to do what I love every day! It’s great being able to focus on this, rather than having to choose multiple topics which I would’ve had to do if I’d chosen to stay at school and done A Levels.”
Hannah continues: “Being able to collaborate on lots of different projects during the course has been great. I’ve worked on Illuminate at the Royal William Yard alongside JHAV, on The Kneebone Cadillac at the Drum Theatre at Theatre Royal Plymouth, and on numerous College performances, including the Hair and Beauty Showcase, Dance Infinity and a number of performing arts shows.”
In her first year at the College, Hannah supported nine internal events and in her second year managed four shows, either as Stage Manager or Production Manager. She also took up opportunities to meet the crew (including Stage Managers, Lighting Designers and Sound Operators) at music events including a Tokio Myers gig in Bournemouth and a Bring Me the Horizon concert in Cardiff.
The College has strong links with local businesses which plays a key role in providing students like Hannah with vital insight into real working environments. With lecturers who have lived the subjects they teach and a curriculum that is shaped by employer partners, students at City College get the skills that businesses need. This is enhanced by the emphasis on work experience, progression opportunities right through to degree level, and the chance to re-sit GCSEs in English and maths if required.
Those interested in exploring full-time courses, Apprenticeships, university-level study, or receiving free advice and guidance from a careers advisor, are invited to come along to the College’s Exam Results Open Day between 10am and 4pm on Friday 23 August.