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After a change of plans during her post A Level gap year, Catherine Edmonds joined City College on the Foundation Degree in Accounting and Finance. Originally, Catherine wanted to be a pediatric nurse, and was due to go to university until she realised that this wasn’t the right pathway for her.
“I’ve always been quite analytical and liked numbers, so was recommended the Accounting and Finance Foundation Degree at the College. The course seemed very broad, with a focus on personal development alongside the modules in accountancy and economics, which meant I could keep my options open. Additionally, I didn’t want to have to rely on a student loan so being able to study part-time and continue working as an Assistant Manager was great.
“I really enjoyed my two years at the College. The lecturing team were knowledgeable and very supportive. As we were a small group we got to know the lecturers well, and they were always available to answer any questions or go over topics we hadn’t understood. This support enabled me to gain a solid understanding of a wide range of subjects. I graduated from the University of Plymouth with a first class honours in my BA Accounting and Finance degree and I also gained my Chartered Institute of Credit Management certificate.”
During Catherine’s graduation her hard work was acknowledged with the presentation of two further awards: the Francis Clark prize for the best BA Accounting and Finance student and also the Chartered Institute of Credit Management prize for the best overall student.