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After achieving good GCSE results, Rachel Audin was keen to start at Eastleigh College, but was steered towards doing A-Levels so signed up to a sixth form college. Here she explains why she soon realised she would do better in more work-focused education, and how she's now thriving in her chosen career.

“I’ve always been good at maths so chose appropriate A-Levels, but just didn’t enjoy the academic learning environment. I looked at other options and decided to move across to Eastleigh College and study the Level 2 Accountancy course.

“It’s a great location and the style of learning was much better for me. Part of the course was doing work experience which I really enjoyed and confirmed to me that my future was definitely in accountancy.

“The teaching at Eastleigh is nothing like school, and is really personalised. The lecturers are so approachable and can’t do enough for you. During my course my family moved to Dubai and I wanted to go out and spend some time with them but didn’t want it to adversely impact on my studies. Amazingly my tutor offered to FaceTime me and use other online resources. I was so grateful. 


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“I spent the summer in Dubai before returning to the UK to take up a Level 3 accountancy apprenticeship. I ideally wanted an employer linked to Eastleigh College so was pleased when Bond & Co Chartered Accountants offered me an Accounts Assistant position.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to learn while being paid and being part of the industry such as getting AAT membership. The qualification gives you a broad range of knowledge, but also allows you to tailor units to suit your employer’s needs.

“I’ll be completing my Level 4 apprenticeship in a few months and feel I’ve achieved so much more than I would have if I’d stayed doing A-Levels. Longer term I plan to continue studying to degree level and achieve chartered accountancy status which will allow me to open my own accountancy practice in the future.”