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Tom Briggs – Science Student of the Term, Spring 2019
Tom Briggs, aged 18, is currently studying for a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science) at City College Plymouth and has successfully secured a place at the University of Plymouth to study BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science.
Tom has been faced with considerable challenges, including the recent death of his step-dad, and has demonstrated incredible grit, determination and resilience, focusing on his goal of going to university and maintaining a focus on revising for and sitting his science exams. Tom has excelled at the College and was awarded Science Student of the Term at the College’s 2019 Spring Student of the Term awards. He reflects: “It’s been challenging for so many reasons, but the College has been really supportive and it’s great to be recognised for my hard work.”
Tom, who was homeschooled by his mum between the ages of ten and 16, previously completed a Level 2 BTEC Certificate in Applied Science at City College, and says: “When I came to the College, I had no formal qualifications. I was really pleased to gain my Level 2 in Applied Science and now I’m nearing the end of my level 3. I am so proud to have received an offer to study at the University of Plymouth, which I hope will prepare me for a career in cancer genetics and research.”
Speaking about why he decided to do the level 2 and level 3 courses at City College, Tom says: “I was impressed by the cool technology and specialist equipment, and it seemed like this was the best, most direct route for getting into university.”
Reflecting on his experience at City College, Tom says: “I felt right at home straight away. It’s amazing being able to talk and enthuse with other students about the specific topics we’ve covered during the course – it’s great to have something in common with each other.” He enjoys being “treated as an adult” at the College, which he says: “helps you to develop your character.” He adds: “You can do your assignments using College facilities outside of lesson time; the tutors are really supportive and they helped me through a particularly difficult time.”
He gives the following advice to anyone thinking about studying at the College: “Definitely consider City College Plymouth; the environment, the support and the College itself are all amazing.”