Christy Callaghan left school when he was 16 and joined college to study Public Services. His two GCSEs were not a true reflection of his abilities and, with the support of staff at college, Christy was assessed and found to have dyslexia. This meant that he could receive additional study support, which combined with the close personal teaching and the smaller classes at college, made a huge difference to Christy’s confidence and achievements.
Christy passed his Level 2 Diploma in Public Services and went on to gain the highest possible grade in his Level 3 Extended Diploma. He didn’t stop there, staying at college to successfully complete a Foundation Degree in Managing Public Services in 2011. He studied for one more year at the college’s partner university to top-up his Foundation Degree to a full Honours Degree before joining the Royal Marines.
I didn't know what to do after school and was thinking of joining the army, but after talking to the Public Services lecturer I decided to give college a try. I enjoyed the mix of field activities, team work and course work and the style of teaching at college suited me. I developed good relationships with lecturers and because they expected me to be independent I became more responsible for myself and my learning. Discovering that I had dyslexia meant that I got extra support with my studies and I finally understood why I hadn't done as well at school as my siblings.
I stayed at Strode to study the Foundation Degree because I had good relationships with the lecturers and knew I would be supported with my learning. Studying locally also reduced my costs because I could stay at home and carry on with my part-time job