Study Type: School Leaver Vocational
Study Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Subject Studied: Science
Former T Level science student Harry so happy to get second chance.
Former T Level student Harry Finnigan is taking a gap year scuba diving before studying for a degree in marine biology at Bristol University.
But for Harry, who attended Derby College’s Joseph Wrigth Centre for four years, none of this would have been possible without the unwavering support of his DCG teachers.
Harry, who is 20 and from Allestree, said: “I struggled to get my English GCSE initially and could have given up. I’m so grateful to Derby College.
“I had teachers like Patrick, Lloyd and Cathy who believed in me. They gave me a second chance. I wouldn’t have gone on to get my T Levels – equivalent to 3 A-levels – without them.”
Harry first came to college to study for a BTEC level 3 in science, and after successfully resitting English moved on to the two-year T Level in Laboratory Sciences.
As part of his work-based experience, he spent a few months at a pharmacy in Allenton, then went to work in the pathology labs and wards at Derby Royal Hospital, which he ‘absolutely loved.’
He added: “I worked with the neurology, cardiac and vascular departments and sat in while patients were having their tests. I like talking to people and being around them.
“I’ve always been a practical learner. I like the way T Levels combine practical tasks with exams.
“I learned a lot on my work-based training at the hospital, such as the importance of laboratory etiquette and keeping everything tidy and well organised.”
Harry said his story serves as an inspiration to other students, who, at times, might struggle like he did and feel like giving up.
He said: “It’s been hard, but I’m so glad I stuck at it and had such brilliant teachers. I’m thrilled with my T Level results and am excited about what the future holds.”
I had teachers like Patrick, Lloyd and Cathy who believed in me. They gave me a second chance. I wouldn’t have gone on to get my T Levels – equivalent to 3 A-levels – without them.