Student Q & A

Leeds Sixth Form

Student Q & A

 

“Other schools mainly focus on grades, whereas here, the tutors have a genuine passion for their subjects and ensure you develop vital skills that are needed for the industry.” - Beth Whiteley 

Beth studied at Leeds Sixth Form because she had the flexibility of studying creative subjects alongside maths. On results day, she was ecstatic to achieve B, A and A* grades for maths, textiles and photography, respectively.

HOW WAS YOUR TIME AT LEEDS SIXTH FORM?

I had a great time at Leeds Sixth Form. It allowed me to pursue my favourite subjects in a welcoming atmosphere. Other schools mainly focus on grades, whereas here, the tutors have a genuine passion for their subjects and ensure you develop vital skills that are needed for the industry.

It’s a very versatile place where I had the opportunity to meet people with a variety of different backgrounds. Throughout my time here, I felt comfortable, at home and safe.

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THE SUBJECTS YOU STUDIED?

I have always enjoyed making things, coming up with ideas and bringing them to life, it gives me so much freedom and creativity. Some of my projects have included photographing mouldy fruit and vegetables and creating hand embroidered flowers.

I spent a lot of time with my grandparent who showed me how to make things. I also enjoyed textiles at high school, so I decided to study it further.

As for maths, it’s something I am good at and it’s refreshing to study an objective discipline in between being creative.

DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN ANY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?

I took part in a sign language club which I found interesting and allows me to communicate with more people, which I think is important.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?

I’ll be studying a foundation diploma in art and design at Leeds Arts University. My aim is to build up a portfolio, go on to a full degree and possibly pursue a career in costume design.

 


 

“For international students, adjusting is challenging, but you will meet lovely, friendly people at the college who will help you every step of the way and support you to achieve your goals.” - Damilola Akinbolu

Damilola Akinbolu was this year’s Leeds Sixth Form Student of the Year at the college’s annual Star Awards ceremony. An international student with less than three years in the country, the talented 19-year-old achieved A* in maths, B in further maths and C in physics. We caught up with him to find out what he’ll be doing next.

HOW WAS YOUR TIME AT LEEDS SIXTH FORM?

It has been a wonderful experience. The support I received from the teachers and staff was invaluable. Coming from Nigeria, I could already speak English but it was a different education environment, so I found it difficult to adjust at first.

WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU OPENED YOUR RESULTS ENVELOPE?

I was really pleased to see my results and I’ve got my place at university, which is great. I got support from Leeds City College staff with everything related to UCAS; they really helped me a lot with it and I can’t thank them enough.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO ARE THINKING OF STUDYING A LEVELS?

A levels are hard work, but also enjoyable. If you put your mind to it, you can do it. No exam is hard if you make sure you prepare and study beforehand. For international students, adjusting is challenging, but you will meet lovely, friendly people at the college who will help you every step of the way and support you to achieve your goals.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?

I will be going to the University of Leeds to study electronic and electrical engineering, but I’m taking a gap year to study electronics with Leeds City College. In the future, I would like to work for an electric company, and improve the electricity supplies in my home country.