Our Web Assistant, Andrew Speed, recently appeared in an article in the Wells Journal about successful students in Somerset. Congratulations Andy!

Wells Journal

Andrew, is 21 and lives in Shepton Mallet. He left Whitstone School when he was 16 to study at Strode College where he first gained a Level 3 National Diploma in IT Practitioners (Triple Distinction), before going on to achieve the highest possible grade of Distinction for his Foundation Degree at Strode.

He is now working with websites, e-marketing and graphics at Cosyfeet in Street, where he completed a work placement as part of his course. Andrew is also studying with the Open University to top-up his Foundation Degree to an Open Degree in Computing and IT.

He was delighted when Strode introduced their Foundation Degree in E-Business Technologies because it meant he could take his learning to a higher level at the college where he was happy and successful.

Studying locally had other benefits too.

Andrew said: "The atmosphere and support at Strode is great, and I really appreciated the opportunity to stay there and continue my studies to a higher level. My Foundation Degree has given me a great deal of real world skills, with the bonus of being able to commute from home and reduce my costs."