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Sam – BSC (Hons) Applied Sport & Health Science

Lockdown meant a change of direction for Sam, and after starting his degree at the University Centre, he is now working as a Football Coach at Truro College.

"This course has led me to become a member of staff in the football department coaching the 3rd and 4th teams"

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Current Course: BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Health Science

Hometown: Redruth

Current Job: Football Coach

Sam initially considered an apprenticeship and a career in the building trade, but during lockdown, he spoke to a member of staff at Truro College who explained the Higher Education opportunities that were available at the University Centre. With lectures timetabled over two days, Sam only had to travel to campus twice a week and would be coming to a campus he was already familiar with having previously studied a level 3 sports diploma at Truro College.

Sam said: “During lockdown I had no idea what to do for the next year ahead. I was contacted by a member of staff, who was also my football coach as a college student, they explained the opportunities of higher education. Three years down the line and I’m almost finished.”

“Tutors and support staff will always reply to emails very quickly and will make time in their day to be able to support you with your needs.”

“The small classe sizes mean an equal amount of help from lecturers, they always have enough time to seek out everyone’s concerns or questions.”

“You will be able to become a part of a close net group. I have been in the same class with two other students on my course for the past five years, and  some for the past 3 years and you become very close and help each other when needed.”

“My highlight would be being offered a job to coach in the football academy. It means I get to work alongside some of my lecturers who have tough me for five years.”

“Having that end goal of achieving my degree kept me from many distractions in life. Its an acomplishment passing all my assignments throughout the three years and getting them in on time even when workload got stressful.”

“My advice would be – just go for it, these three years have flown by and kept me with something to focus on which I hope will better my life in a career that I choose to be in”

Sam plans to take his teaching qualifications in the future with the career goal of becoming a PE teacher.

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