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Student Soundbites

Animal Management

Connor Wright

Course: Animal Management Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“The course has given me a broader knowledge of animals, and the tutors are incredibly passionate, knowledgeable and inspiring. I am widening my career options.”

Ultimate ambition:
To pursue a career in rare reptile conservation.

Connor Wright

Animal Management

Mollie O'Riordan

Course: Animal Management Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“We are being prepared for the future by getting a lot of work experience and we are also gaining many transferrable skills from our practical work, such as team work."

Ultimate ambition: 
To become a Veterinary Nurse.

Mollie O'Riordan

Arboriculture

Ollie Cane

Course: Arboriculture Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“At College you are given more independence, but there is always support when you need it. The course tutors are really knowledgeable and if they don’t know the answer to a question then they will take time to research it for you."

Ultimate ambition:
To run my own business.

Ollie Cane

Arboriculture

Zeph Palmer

Course: Arboriculture Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“College teaches you some really good life lessons, which you won’t necessarily learn at school. I've learnt to be organised with my theory work so I get to enjoy the practical elements of the course more."

Ultimate ambition:
"I'm undecided, but college has taught me that I have a lot of options to choose from."

Zeph Palmer

Equine

Cydney Williams

Course: Horse Management Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“I wasn’t very academic at school, but college is much more supportive. There is a lot of variety on our course, and teaching to ride is my favourite topic so far. I love that we get to work with the horses everyday too!"

Ultimate ambition:
"I'm doing an Apprenticeship with City London Police, so I'd like to be kept on by them."

Cydney Williams

Equine

Keira Norris

Course: Horse Management Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“My advice to a new student starting at the College would be to enjoy yourself! Your time here will fly away so quickly."       

Ultimate ambition:
To travel the world working as a horse trainer.

Keira Norris

Football

Marianne O'Byrne

Course: Football Coaching Level 3 Certificate

Soundbite:
"I feel like the course has prepared me for my future as I am gaining good qualifications and a lot of valuable experience."

Ultimate ambition:
To coach in the sporting industry.

Maz O'Byrne

Football

Stephen Tonkmor

Course: Football Coaching Level 3 Certificate

Soundbite:
"The course has provided me with a lot of opportunities including work experience and the option to gain other qualifications such as my F.A Level 2."

Ultimate ambition:
To coach for an academy.

Stephen Tonkmor

Floristry

Monet Martin

Course: Floristry Level 2 Diploma

Soundbite:
“As a result of our work experience I am now working in a florists, and the course has definitely prepared me to progress to study at a higher level."

Ultimate ambition: 
To work as a florist full-time.

Monet Martin

Floristry

Savannah Jeffries

Course: Floristry Level 2 Diploma

Soundbite:
“My tutor is amazing and everything she teaches is understandable. I love that we can be very creative and our ideas are not judged."

Ultimate ambition:
To run own floristry business.

Savannah Jeffries

Golf

Gabriel Backers

Course: Sport (Golf) Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
"I love that I get to play golf, and I only have to do coursework as there are no exams!"

Ultime ambition:
To be a professional golfer.

 Gabriel Backers

Horticulture

Georgi Ennis

Course: Horticulture Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“The tutors are really enthusiastic - they always have a funny story to tell. The course has set me up well for my future and I've been lucky enough to gain employment at a local nursery thanks to Merrist Wood.”

Ultimate ambition: 
To be a plant explorer discovering new species of plants.

Georgi Ennis - web

Horticulture

Gabriel Holmes

Course: Horticulture Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“I seem to retain more information learning at College compared to school as the methods of learning are so different. I thought the soil science module would be really boring but I really enjoy it and I'm constantly learning new things."

Ultimate ambition:  
To experience a variety of jobs and careers.

Gabriel Holmes - web

Landscaping

Pascale Napier

Course: Landscape (Horticulture) Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite: 
“As I went to a make-up college in London, this college is worlds apart. I struggled with the built up area and the maths and English lessons were poor, but at Merrist Wood College you get a sense of freedom and the facilities are amazing!"

Ultimate ambition:  
"I’m not 100% sure yet as I love all sides so much. It would be great to do a bit of everything!"

Pascale Napier

Landscaping

Ashley Zymanczyk

Course: Landscape (Horticulture) Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite: 
“It's great to be able to learn new things. I really enjoy the hard landscaping and machinery lessons at College as they're both new to me."

Ultimate ambition:  
To become a Garden Designer with my own business.

Ashley Zymanczyk

Public Services 

Joanna Prichard

Course: Public Services Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“Completing the Public Services courses at Merrist Wood College has boosted my confidence and my communication skills have really improved, which I know will come in useful in the future.”

Ultimate ambition:
Undecided.

Joanna Prichard

Public Services 

Leonardo Arnone

Course: Public Services Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“I’d like to work in the security industry and my Public Services courses has really helped to prepare me for this.”

Ultimate ambition:
To work in security.

Leonardo Arnone

Sports Studies

Stephen Gibbons

Course: Sport Studies Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“The tutors offer us a lot of opportunities which can help with our future. I plan to go to university in America on a Tennis Scholarship and they’ve helped me to get in contact with a few people who can help."

Ultimate ambition:
To become a professional tennis player.

Stephen Gibbons

Sports Turf

Andrew Blake

Course: Sports Turf Intermediate Apprenticeship

Soundbite:
“My employer is brilliant and they look after me well. I come to college for one day a week and they are great at helping us build our knowledge, and the college offers the opportunity to progress so I know I’ll leave with all the knowledge needed to be successful."

Ultimate ambition:
To become a Head Groundsperson.

Andrew Blake

Wildlife and Conservation

Joshua Hayes

Course:
Countryside Management Level 3 Diploma

Soundbite:
“All of our course tutors are friendly and approachable. They are full of knowledge and without the tutors, the course wouldn’t be as good. They all so passionate about the countryside and this is passed on to the students."

Ultimate ambition:
To become a Ranger for the Wildlife Trust of RSPB.

Joshua Hayes
 

01483 88 40 00

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