Chris Thomas

Mechanical Engineering degree at Lancaster University

While at Hugh Baird College, Chris studied the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing.

This course is the equivalent to three A Levels (when the two year option is taken) and enabled Chris to move on to university level study.

Chris said:

The course definitely helped me in a variety of ways. When attending classes I had to be punctual, hard working, have good time management skills, be a good team player, independent, demonstrate effective communication skills and have a good range of IT skills. All of these skills were developed throughout the two years I attended College.”
In College you are treated as an adult. You have to be independent and manage your time effectively. I know this will help me in the future when I complete my degree at university.”
I was given a lot of support whilst at college, especially with my UCAS application. Staff were always available to discuss any issues relating to UCAS and were more than willing to help. There were always opportunities to extend my knowledge too. This was done in a variety of ways, such as The Engineering Education Scheme and I also got the chance to study Level 3 maths and Higher GCSE maths. I know this will help me when I get to university.”

Chris' advice:

The main advice I would give to new students is to be independent and work to deadlines. The more proactive and enthusiastic you are, the better your overall grade will be. A good overall grade can open a variety of doors, such as studying for a degree at university, an apprenticeship or even employment. The course involves two years of hard work, but it is all worth it at the end!”