Zoe is graduating in 2020 from her three A Level subjects: politics, business and English, before going onto study international politics at university.
Before attending Bracknell & Wokingham College, Zoe admits that struggled to find the right subjects to study.
“I pretty much considered every subject on offer! I had no clue what I wanted to do. I went into the college twice before I chose my subjects, just to discuss the subjects with the teachers.
“I did business at GCSE and I did well in that, it’s also a useful subject to do; it’s really practical. I did well at English too at GCSE, but I wasn’t really sure about it. Speaking to the teachers though I learned that it was a combined language and literature course; not just analysing poetry or creative writing but a mixture of the two types of English. I think English will be useful in the future no matter what career I go into as writing and communicating well is an important of any job.
“I looked at studying maths, as my brother also went to the college and he said it was really good and the tutor was really great. I spoke to the tutors about it, but it seemed a little too deep for me.
“For politics, it was the tutor, Hannah Aitchison, who was the one who convinced me to take it as a subject. She was just so passionate about it and that really came across when I went to speak to her about it. I was considering studying law at the time but speaking with Hannah, I realised that I would enjoy the active-debate side of politics, rather than reading all the case studies that are necessary to study law.”
The decisions Zoe took played out well and now she has really sunk her teeth into the subject of politics, something that she knew little of before she started her course. American politics and the modern drama that is unfolding across the pond is what intrigues her the most. At university, she hopes to study other countries’ political systems as she feels that the media rarely cover such topics in the UK.
As for the future after university though, Zoe is still taking it as it comes and enjoying the present. “I’m not sure what I want to do career wise yet, but maybe being a part of a research group, or an advisor. I’m not too sure yet. I’ve got an offer from Royal Holloway university, so I’m just looking forward to going onto study there right now.”
Zoe has really enjoyed her time at Bracknell & Wokingham College, saying that, “[it’s] a really nice building to be in. I like the hubs on each floor where you can just hang out with your friends. There’s a lot of space, it’s nice and bright and it’s just a nice place to learn in, really.”
However, Zoe’s successes cannot all be attributed to the environment she worked in, but to the hard work she has put into her studies. She has these parting words of advice for anyone hoping to study at a college.
“My advice would be to really ask yourself whether or not you can handle this freedom, as I know that a lot of people struggle with it. You do get chased up about things, but not as much; you’re expected to be responsible and take care of your own learning. Some people do need that little bit of a push, or guidance from their teachers, but here you’re treated more like an adult; you need to take your learning into your own hands.