Routes from College

Completing a course at college can open a lot of doors for you. We spoke to three students who are taking different routes after college...


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Hannah went to Cathkin High School in Cambuslang, outside Glasgow. Right now, she’s studying Filmmaking and Screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Like many people, she did a college course first to help her get there


Why did you decide to go on to college and university after school?

The more I realised how much I loved Media Studies at school, the more I was encouraged to do a college course that would help me get on to the university course in Filmmaking that I wanted.

How did your college course help you get in to university?

I was told that if I got a college qualification first then I could get straight into second year at university. So I went to Clydebank College to do an HNC in Media and Communications. It took one year, then after that I was able to start in second year of the Filmmaking and Screenwriting course at UWS.

What was your college course like?

It was a broad range of different media studies, like journalism, advertising, filmmaking, things like that. It was good to do things at a higher level than at school. Knowing that it was getting me somewhere was just so much better.

Do you think it was a good idea to go to college before university?

I think going to college first really worked better for me because if I’d tried to go straight to university I probably wouldn’t have got in and it might have made me think twice about the whole thing. The smooth transition that I had, from school to college to university, was a lot easier.



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Katie, from Shawlands in Glasgow, is studying Textiles at Glasgow School of Art. Before going to university, she went to college to prepare the collection of artwork she needed to get into art school.


Why did you choose to go to college before applying to university?

To get into the Glasgow School of Art, you need to prepare a collection of your own artwork, called a ‘portfolio’. So I went to college first to work on my portfolio. The tutors there helped me through the whole process, they were really great. It was a lot of drawing which was fun…but hard work!

Do you think it was a good idea to go to college before university?

Yeah. I can’t recommend going to college enough if you’re thinking of going into creative industries like art. The support you get technically is fantastic and it will stand you in good stead for art school.

Colleges are a really good environment. If you’re a bit intimidated by university, colleges are a great way to suss out higher education first.



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Sandra went to Calderhead High School in Shotts. Today, she’s studying Musical Theatre at New College Lanarkshire and hopes to go on to work in theatre in London.


Why did you decide to go to college to study Musical Theatre after school?

I’d always enjoyed music-based subjects at school and I’d taken part in school shows. Doing those made me want to go into theatre more and more…I researched all the different courses you could do, at university and at college, and decided that college would be the best place to do a more performance-based course. That was what I wanted.

How will your course help you get the job you want afterwards?

On my course you get to do ‘showcases’ in London which help you find agents who help you find work there. That’s exactly what I’ve always wanted to do. Without going to college I wouldn’t have had that opportunity.

What do you enjoy most about your course at college?

I’ve been dancing since I was really young and knowing that I can go to class every day and be taught more how to dance and develop is absolutely brilliant.

Being a student at college is so much better than being a school pupil! You get so many more opportunities, you meet so many new people, and you have so much more freedom.


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