At Waltham Forest College, you have so much choice and freedom and the tutors really help to motivate you. As part of my Business course, I was given work experience placement at NatWest Bank, which later turned into part-time paid employment whilst continuing my course.
I attended one of the College’s apprenticeships seminars during National Apprenticeship Week and found out the benefits of joining a degree apprenticeship. The thought of a debt-free degree excited me to pursue this route. I am very pleased with the result and the College has been very supportive in helping me develop my employability skills.
Being a student with dyslexia, I found it hard to cope in other sixth form colleges. However, Waltham Forest College understood and adapted to my needs and the support given really helped to boost my self-esteem and confidence. I am now a proud honorary student at the renowned Queen Mary University of London.
Despite challenges faced in my personal life, I managed to gain a triple distinction with the help from tutors and support staff. They encouraged and motivated me to work hard and the results have finally paid off. As a result, I secured a scholarship to study at Greenwich University.
My time here at the College has been a blast! The staff here are very supportive and amazing. I’ve come from a school where I’ve been the lowest of the lowest and now I’m the highest of the highest gaining a double distinction star on my course.
I chose this course because I have a keen interest in cars and love fixing things. I’m a very practical and hands on person and knew Automotive Engineering was what I wanted to do.
I love the fact that I get to learn so many different aspects of a car - from the engine to the transmission, the suspension system and so much more.
I began my studies with the part-time Portfolio Preparation course before progressing onto HNC, finishing with an HND. As an adult student, I had a lot of support from the teaching staff and this has helped me towards my goal of becoming a professional artist.
My confidence as an artist has greatly increased since I started at Waltham Forest College and I have learnt how to communicate using art across a variety of mediums to create an emotional impact.
I intend to move onto a BA in Fine Art at the University of Southwark and then progress to a Masters Degree. My aim is to teach fine art to school children, as the Government are not putting enough funding towards art in schools.
I came to Waltham Forest College 4 years ago to study ESOL and to improve my English. After completing my ESOL course, I decided to continue my studies at the College in Business. I’ve now advanced all the way to Level 3.
The environment and the opportunities here really allowed me to thrive and have helped to improve my self-confidence. I even started up my very own retail business selling household supplies.
I’d been a full-time mum for 18 years before I started my course. I worked in retail and felt the jobs were mundane and exhausting. I took the step to go back to college. Thank God Waltham Forest College took me. I love what I am doing and wish I had done it years ago. The tutors were fantastic. They helped me pass my maths. I’m dyslexic, which has always held me back. But thanks to the support and encouragement at Waltham Forest College, I realised I could do it! In fact, the whole atmosphere at the College made me feel alive again.
Starting with the Pre-Access to Business Management course was a good decision, as it helped me get back into education.
Being a full-time mum and student is not easy. However, with my tutors’ advice I progressed from HNC through to university, graduating with a 2:1 in Business with Human Resources at the University of Greenwich.
Now I can start my career in HR and hope to complete my Masters in the future.
I came to study at this college because it was local and I wanted a fresh start in life.
All the Public Services tutors have been supportive and they constantly push you to perform to your maximum capabilities.
As a Public Services student I have developed my personal skills, social skills and most importantly I have become a more confident person.
Being a student at this college has allowed me to find my own identity. The diversity among students is what makes Waltham Forest College a special environment to study in.
If you make the most of your time studying at this college, the experiences you gain will help you succeed in every aspect of your life.
I chose Waltham Forest College because of the wide range of courses available. The College also has a great diversity among its students which I enjoy.
I am looking to go into accounting so the Business course was perfect for me. I started at BTEC Level 2 and then progressed onto Level 3 with the help of the tutors who are experienced and provided the help I needed to progress.
My aim is to eventually work as an Accounting Director so after I complete the second year on my Level 3 course, I will be applying for Kings College London.
I chose Waltham Forest College because out of my local colleges it felt like the most welcoming and has well-equipped and maintained kitchen facilities for Catering students.
When I first joined, the tutors recognised that I wasn’t completely confident and gave me the extra support I needed to push me forward. All the tutors are encouraging and they inspired me to commit to my studies and aim as high as I can.
After I leave the College I want to go to university with the intention of either becoming a Head Chef or Manager of a restaurant.
When I first arrived at Waltham Forest College, I couldn’t believe how hands on and invested the tutors were. They put in a lot of time and effort into helping me overcome challenges and to succeed.
I studied Maintenance Operations Level 2 and managed to secure work as an Operations Assistant. I aim to continue my studies in the future in Carpentry and Joinery at Level 3.
I was originally interested in taking a Sport course, but as I had been working with fashion on the side of school, one of my tutors recommended I take the Fashion and Textiles course and I loved it. The course opened my mind to the possibilities within the fashion and design industries and the tutors have helped me to overcome any challenges along my journey.
When I leave the College, I am going to the London College of Fashion to do a BA in Textile Print. In the future I hope to start a Fashion business with my brother.
Before coming to Waltham Forest College, I had been working voluntarily for an electrical company, so I knew I wanted to take an electrical course. I started on the Electrical Installations Level 2 but have since progressed onto an Apprenticeship with a London based electrical company.
The College has good facilities and they teach every aspect of the job, from tools to risk assessments. The tutors really look after you. They provide good individual and class support, and they give you advice on everything.
I would recommend this college to everyone. They really focus on the individual and you can talk to anyone from your tutor to the managers.
In the future I want to start my own electrical company and service both domestic and commercial clients.
People always comment on how good I am at doing makeup, so I wasted no time in enrolling on the introductory course at Waltham Forest College after secondary school.
Things have not always been easy in managing my studies and personal life, but my Guidance and Counselling Officer as well as my tutors offered me a great deal of support that has helped me to keep on progressing. I really enjoy my course; I get to work in a real commercial salon with real customers.
I previously studied Applied Animal Welfare Sciences at another institution before deciding to change my career path at Waltham Forest College. I wanted to get in the sector of working with children and young people with severe learning difficulties. I enjoy working with young people at Barnardo’s Childrens Charity whilst doing my Diploma in Care.
The course offers the flexibility needed to manage my career and personal life. I would recommend this college to anyone; you’ll get the support you need and the right facilities for the right course.
I’ve always had a keen interest in computers since the age of 7. My love of computers developed even more over the years so I knew exactly what I wanted to study at college.
Since enrolling on the course, my confidence has grown and my English has improved dramatically. I’ve learnt so much and have recently built my very own computer from scratch. My tutors are friendly, supportive and kind. I look forward to my second year and applying to university after college.
Being a student at Waltham Forest College has helped me develop and learn new skills. I’ve gained greater confidence and now have the ability to talk in front of large groups during presentations.
I first joined the Level 2 Public Services course because I wanted to become a Police Officer. I have successfully passed all the entry requirements to become a Special Constable with the Metropolitan Police.
The Public Services tutors have contributed significantly towards my professional development and have helped motivate me to push myself in my studies. During my final year of Public Services I faced a lot of challenges but, thanks to the support and encouragement of my personal tutor, I overcame them. I am now studying Law LLB at Queen Mary University.
I joined this college as a student on the Fresh Start Course, subsequently deciding to continue my studies as a student of Public Services.
Joining Waltham Forest College was one of the best decision I have made. I learnt so many things such as confidence and teamwork. I’ve built up a good relationship with my tutors and friends, who are always supportive and helpful.
Thanks to this college I achieved triple distinction grades and my aim is to become a solicitor and achieve my childhood dreams.
Prior to enrolling on the Leyton Orient Sport programme at Waltham Forest College, I played midfielder on my youth team back home in Portugal. The opportunities back home have not always been plain sailing, but I was determined to reach the top and be the best I can be.
My team coach saw me play a couple of times and asked me to train with the Academy which subsequently led to me being offered my first professional two year contract. I enjoyed my course; I’ve learned many things about coaching and stuff that happens off the pitch as well as on the pitch.
I enjoy coming to Waltham Forest College because I meet a lot of people and have made lots of friends.
The tutors are really good and always help me to push myself forward. The thing I enjoy most about my course is the cycle repairing. It helps to be part of a team, which means I get to meet more people.
I came to Waltham Forest College because I live locally and have always loved the structure and architecture. I wasn’t sure what to do at first, but have always loved travel and languages so took the Travel and Tourism course.
I learnt a lot about travelling, as well as the developing world, countries laws and policies and poverty, and gained a better knowledge of what is happening in the world.
After university, I would like to work for a Non-Governmental Organisation, first starting in Korea and then to different locations around the world.
Before coming to Waltham Forest College, I enrolled onto Health & Social Care at another college. I was struggling and, due to a lack of support, after a few months I dropped out.
At WFC I started on English and Maths Entry Level 3 and found it a much more supportive and friendly environment. After a month on the course my tutor identified there might be a problem and suggested I take a test for dyslexia. I tested positive and was offered one to one support for the rest of the course.
Initially, I could only read and write three lines of text at a time but, with the extra support, I have now progressed onto reading and writing full pages. I am now taking Literacy Level 1 and aim to move onto a Childcare course in the future.
I took my GCSEs in the 1980s but I decided to take English again after discovering my original certificate had been lost in a fire. I enrolled on adult evening courses in English and maths classes last year at the College. In August, I was awarded a grade 8 in my English and applied to have my result re-examined by assessors. I took the calculated risk of getting my papers re-marked and received some wonderful news - I was awarded a grade 9. The teaching team, were fantastic and so supportive and I want them to be officially thanked.
I found the Access course tough, trying to get back into the education and learning mind-set took a while but, with the motivation and support from the staff, I finished with distinction grades.
The staff at the College treat you like an equal and as long as you work hard and are an active learner, they will assist you to achieve your full potential.
I am now aspiring to go further with my education studying BA in Health and Social Care at London Metropolitan University. This will lead me towards working with children, specifically children with special educational needs, or teaching. The College has inspired me to work in a field that can make a positive change to society.
When I first came to the College my English wasn’t the best but, within a year and a half, I successfully progressed from ESOL Entry Level 2 to Level 1.
I found the Access to Nursing course very interesting and received good support from the lecturers. I was never turned down by anyone; help was always there.
Nursing is usually seen as a female profession, but I felt like I had something to prove and I was able to fit in very well with my class.
Alongside my course, I worked with patients in a hospital, which was a really fulfilling experience. This has led me to pursue a career working in the NHS, once I complete my studies at university.
I came to this country 3 years ago. Enrolling on this course has greatly improved my English. My understanding of business as a whole has significantly increased.
The College has helped me a lot with developing personal skills and communication. They’ve never let me down, so i’m very grateful for the experience they provided.
I am always excited to come to class, I’ve learnt lots of different styles of cooking and new sauces. I look forward to moving onto Level 2 in the future.
I find the staff very insightful with the knowledge that they bring. I’m learning new skills every day and look forward to the next step in my education and career in catering.
The course is very enjoyable and challenges me to be better. After I have finished this course I will go to university to study fashion with the aim of becoming a fashion designer.
It’s a great experience. I am learning to use materials and techniques that are out of my comfort zone, but i’m gaining confidence with them.
As a mature student I was apprehensive about returning to education, however I found my fellow students and tutors to be extremely supportive.
The course has helped me so much. My confidence has grown and my tutors go above and beyond to help me with the course.
The College has a very supportive team of tutors. They really help you to achieve your goals and vision.
This course is amazing; it’s developing my skills and strengthening my weak points. It’s allowed me to improve my trade as a barber.
The course is really nice; it’s given me more confidence as a hairdresser. The real life experience on the course is second-to-none.
After being out of education for 20 years, I came to the College and slipped right back into it. Here I gained all my study skills and they got me ready for university.
I enjoyed the course very much. It was challenging and intensive at times, but I had very supportive tutors. I would recommend this course and college.
I would recommend Waltham Forest College. The support I received was great, especially in 1-to-1 sessions. I am now looking to progress to university.
I started the course with very low confidence and low grades, but now since being on the course I am really improving. After this I plan to do an Access course, then to university.
It was mind blowing, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The staff were helpful and very supportive. The staff made it fun and enjoyable, and the lectures were amazing.
The course was very useful for me. It helped me enhance my skills in teaching and communication. The tutors were amazing, I wish the course was longer than a year.