I decided to return to full time education as an adult. The course I chose was a National Diploma in Fishery Management at Sparsholt College, Hampshire. I have been a keen fisherman all of my life and have always been fascinated by things that live below the surface.
The course entailed both academic and practical parts in areas such as Fish health & biology, Trout & Salmon Farming, Habitat Creation & Management and Marine & Warm-water aquaculture.
I was offered financial help through the Hampton Lucy Grammar School Foundation.
Owing to the course being classed as further education, not higher education, a student loan was unavailable. The financial support of the Foundation helped me through my 2 years at college and was put towards course fees, accommodation & equipment required for the course.
I am quite sure I would not have been able to complete the course without the help the Foundation offered.
I am very proud to say that I completed the course with a Triple Distinction Grade & 100% attendance. These grades allowed me to achieve my goal of getting a job within the Fisheries Industry and I have been working on a Trout Farm for the last 3 years since finishing college.