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rachelName: Rachel
Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2], MA Social Work

After leaving her secondary school with a handful of ‘GCSEs’, Rachel has now graduated with a degree from the University of Warwick and is studying her final year of her MA Social Work.

Rachel, didn’t meet the qualifications traditionally needed to go to university, and instead opted for a career in administration for more than a decade before hearing about the courses CLL offer. She applied for, and successfully completed, our 2+2 degree pathway and graduated with an upper second class degree in the Summer 2017 Ceremony.

After completing her first year of her MA Social Work, she was also offered a job over her summer break by the placement she had been attending as part of training on the course.

“I still can’t quite believe I’ve completed the degree and I’ve graduated. I’m very proud of myself. I’ve done something I never thought I’d be able to do”, Rachel said. "For years I wanted to do something else but had no idea what. I needed more of a challenge."

Rachel chose to study for the first two years of her degree at Coventry College before moving over to Warwick for the final two years of her 2+2 degree and the MA in Social Work.

“My motivation to return to education was realising I couldn’t work in administration for the rest of my life. I always found it easy and at times very boring. For years I wanted to do something else but had no idea what. I needed more of a challenge.”

Rachel, who wants to become a Social Worker specialising in cases involving child sexual exploitation and human trafficking, said that she would encourage others to return to education.

“Do not let your own thoughts or thoughts from family and friends put you off. Thoughts like ‘I’m not clever enough’ or ‘I’d never be able to afford to do it’ or ‘I’m too old’ are just myths, and if you really want to do something and make the changes in your own life you really can.”