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Matthew – Access to Computing

Returning to a familiar enviroment after previously studying his A-levels at the College, meant that Matthew was more comfortable in returning to education and re-training.

"The lecturers were amazing and we did a lot of programming and hands on stuff, which was really exciting and interesting"

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Course: Access to Computing

Progression: Degree Apprenticeship at JP Morgan

Completing A-levels Maths, Pysics and Electronics and Matt was originally looking to pursue a career in Engineering, but after deciding he wanted to look at a career change and follow his own path, he spoke to a friend who had studied computing locally and recommended the course at Truro College and he began his own journey into the digital sector.

Matthew said: “I have become a more independent and confident person at College. It has taught me you really have to knuckle down and I realised to get something out of it, you really have to put the work in, it’s hard, but its worth it at the end.”

“It was nice to see the industrial side of computing as well. We got to spend some time with different people in cyber security and other specialist areas, so we got to know an overall view of computing.”

“The most interesting part of the course for me was programming, because you can create virtually any sort of app or system. It’s your own thing, you can test it, and you are able to problem solve.”

“I chose Truro and Penwith College as i had been here before to complete my A-levels so i knew the campus, but it was also a way to carry on staying in Cornwall, and be able to be surrounded by the beaches and not have to leave. ”

“The lecturers were amazing and we did a lot of programming and hands on stuff, which was really exciting and interesting”

“I decided to go into computing as it was something I wanted to pursue rather than doing it for anyone else. My advice would be to follow what you want to do”

After his access course, Matthew is off to complete a four year Digital Solutions degree apprenticeship that will see him gain his masters degree on completion and focus on networking and cyber security.

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