A former warehouse worker has fulfilled one of his lifelong ambitions by graduating with a degree at the University of Warwick.
Danny Thompson, 31, from Longford in Coventry, left school with just two A levels, both at grade E, and thought he had missed his chance to go to university.
But after completing our free Gateway to Higher Education (HE) course, he was awarded a place on a BA (Hons) Social Studies degree and has now graduated with his degree.
“I’m very proud”, said Danny. “If you’d have told me four years ago that I would soon be a graduate from one of the best universities in the country, I wouldn’t have believed you.
“My wife has been incredibly supportive throughout and is very proud of me. My mum is pleased because I’m the first of my family to attend university and obtain a degree.”
“If you’d have told me four years ago that I would soon be a graduate from one of the best universities in the country, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
Danny decided to apply for our Gateway to HE course, a free course which allows students to spend 19 weeks sampling what it would be like to return to study at university level in a low pressure environment.
He said: “My wife saw an advert for CLL and the Gateway to HE course on Facebook, and as I was at a loose end work-wise, and knowing it had always been something of a pipe dream of mine to go to university, she mentioned it to me and badgered me until I applied.”
Having successfully completed his Gateway course with CLL, Danny was guaranteed a place on the BA (Hons) Social Studies Degree, and managed to overcome some big obstacles to complete his degree.
Danny said: “My wife gave birth to twin boys at the end of my 2nd year, coinciding with deadlines and exams. I managed to manoeuvre and complete all my work which was very tricky.
“I also had some health issues in my 3rd year, but managed to persevere and complete all my work on time, which surprised me quite a bit. CLL have been supportive.”
Danny, who plans to become a journalist, said that he would encourage other adults to consider heading back to education.
“I would definitely recommend adult learning. Throw yourself into it, be open minded and prepared to work hard,” he said.