My proudest achievement is getting a First-Class Honours degree! I think when I started I never imagined that I would achieve something like this, especially with family demands, but with the support that I got here, I have done it and feel it has all been worth it.

"With two young children and being a mature student, the University Centre at Blackburn College was a natural choice for me. It was close to home and I had previously attended Blackburn College as a school leaver, so I knew how much support you get here."

"The timetable and the way the course is set up made it easier for me to study and keep my home life running smoothly so I had time for books and time for my family.  I also found the tutors were so supportive. Whenever I needed them they were there, but importantly, they also gave me the freedom to learn and work myself, which was something I really valued. The course lead was so caring too and I could tell that it really meant something to her that I succeeded and that she cared as much as I did about my results. This is not something you see at larger establishments and it made me feel I was a person and not just a number!"

"During my time here I didn’t need emotional or financial support but what’s great about the University Centre at Blackburn College is that you can get help if you need it. They are very accommodating and will support you in any way that they can. So it’s a great back-up and comfort for mature students who are worried about how they will manage when they start a course."

"During my studies I did a work placement at Blackburn Sports Centre, which was ideal because it was also local and with children to organise it just made life for me easier for me. The facilities are also exceptional so it was very enjoyable."

"A highlight of my time on the course was initially being able to help out with the netball team at the Sports Centre. I’ve always loved netball and played it and being able to develop my netball coaching skills was brilliant. I was actually lucky enough to undertake my Level 1 and Level 2 netball coaching certificates during my time here, both of which were supported by the University Centre at Blackburn College. These are nationally recognised qualifications and have been invaluable in enhancing my professional CV as many employers want these kind of accreditations."

"My proudest achievement is getting a First-Class Honours degree! I think when I started I never imagined that I would achieve something like this, especially with family demands, but with the support that I got here, I have done it and feel it has all been worth it."

"I am currently doing my PGCE part-time at UCBC but I am also teaching sports at Blackburn Rovers! While it’s challenging I am really enjoying being out there working alongside my PGCE in a profession that I love."

"My plan was always to teach and with hard work and the support of the University Centre at Blackburn College I am well on my way!"