We caught up with FdSc Networking and Security Technologies student Heather Broadley to learn why she changed career and returned to education to study a degree.

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Why did you choose to study at Newcastle College?
I chose to complete my degree at Newcastle College University Centre because it was the only institution that offered a course I wanted to study. It’s really easy to commute to and

I have previously been a student here and had a positive experience, which made choosing the College easier.

Why did you choose the course?
I chose the course as I have always been interested in Network and Security Technologies and I enjoy working with computers and the hardware associated with them. I decided to leave retail to pursue this course, as I can definitely see myself working in this industry. 

What are the facilities like at the College?
The College facilities are great, we have access to all the hardware and computing needed to support us for the course.

Did you attend an Open Day prior to starting at the College? If so, did you find it useful?
No, I didn’t attend an open day.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
I enjoy working with hardware and the physical hands on learning we do as part of our course. 

Do you like the fact assessment is not all based around exams?
I really enjoy the variety of assessment methods the course has, as it’s not just exams, we have practical assessments, written reports and presentations so it breaks up the assessment really well.

What inspires you?
The friends I have made on my course and tutors really inspire me, we all encourage one another to achieve our best, which I find really motivating as it pushes me to be my best.

Have you had the opportunity to go on a work placement as part of your degree? What skills do you feel you gained?
I haven’t done any work placement, but as part of my degree I have gained Cisco networking skills as well as technical and theoretical skills to do with networking, server administration, virtualisation, cyber security and wireless. This will really benefit me when I go into industry.

How do you think learning from industry experienced tutors benefits you?
Yes, I think learning from industry-experienced tutors really supported my learning, as it gave us an insider view of what it was like to work in industry over a theoretical view.

How would you describe the staff at the College?
The staff at the College are amazing, friendly and always there to give their time to help if we do have any problems.

What has been your highlight of studying at Newcastle College?
The highlights of being at the College has been the friendships I’ve made, they have all been incredibly supportive for my learning experience and have made my studies here fun. 

What are your plans after your course?
I’ve had a really good experience studying here and Newcastle College has a brilliant reputation, standards and quality of teaching so I will continue my studies and finish my degree with a Level 6 and Top-Up. 

Any words of advice for any student considering studying at Newcastle College?
Go for it, take the plunge and enjoy the experience that comes with it. It’s relaxed, professional and a safe environment to learn in with a great support structure.

Describe your experience in 3 words.
Fun. Amazing. Enjoyable