Paul Preston, a Saddleworth School graduate, started his studies for an FdA in Sports Coaching and Fitness Therapy at Tameside College in 2012. He also works part time at Robert Scott & Sons Ltd in Oldham and looking to study towards a Coaching Studies and Sport degree at Manchester Metropolitan University upon completion of his current course.
Paul said: “As a mature student, I was apprehensive about going back to College, as I hadn’t sat in a classroom for nearly 10 years! However, it didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things and if anything I have found it easier to cope with, being a little older and wiser. The staff in the Sports department is fantastic, there is an atmosphere of ‘everyone want you to succeed’ and the staff do everything they can to make sure you get the maximum benefit from your learning. Tameside is a relatively small college, but I find that this makes the lessons more intimate and allows you more one-to-one time with your tutors.
Following the foundation degree, I intend to top-up to a full degree at MMU whilst at the same time undertaking a PGCE at the College. The next two years are going to be quite hectic, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and hope to one-day work as a P.E. lecturer in a Further Education college.
I would recommend Tameside College to anyone, whether just leaving school or a mature student like myself, it’s never too late to further your education.”
Paul’s tutor, Paul Bailey, said: “Paul is an extremely well-motivated individual who is striving to exceed in the area of sport and leisure. In such a short period of time he has developed a range of skills to enable him to continually make improvements in his academic study. He is a trusted individual who has the ability to build rapport and communicate at a high level, all of which are the essential attributes needed to succeed within the sporting industry.”