Rhien joined the Level 3 Computing programme and has now secured a place at the University of Kent.
I came to an Open Day and was overwhelmed at how big the campus seemed compared to school but once you get here and get used to it, it’s fine.
A lot of the tutors will go out of their way to help you and you get regular one to one meetings with your personal tutor which helped me to plan for university.
I like that my course is only three days and not a full week, as this means I can work on the days I am not in college and earn extra money.
I really enjoy the practical side, as the course is not just theory. We get to take apart computers and rebuild them. The work experience lets you see what it is like to actually work in the industry.
On my course we have access to two computer labs. One of them is a gaming lab, which has about 20 gaming PCs and there are about 5 consoles. In the other computer lab we have high spec computers and computers for testing and running installs. In my previous school the computers were very low spec and hardly ever worked but the facilities here are much better.
If I hadn’t joined East Kent College I would have gone to my school’s sixth form. I think I would have found it harder to get into university because for me revising for A-Level exams is a lot harder than doing coursework. My Level 3 qualification is all coursework which I prefer.
I have four conditional offers from universities but the one I have chosen to go to is the University of Kent, where I have the grades to get a scholarship. I would like to go into computer science and specialise in networking or computer forensics and security.