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Year 1 college student Megan, shares her thoughts on Rockley College

A former student of Highcliff Secondary School, and with a desire to work within the watersports industry, Megan decided that Rockley College was the perfect place for her to pursue her dreams. Find out what she has settled in our Q&A with her.

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How did you find out about our education programme and what made you decide to study with Rockley?
I previously worked with students who attended Rockley and decided it was the path for me. 

Did you have any water experience prior to the course? 
Yes, I worked at a Watersports hire company and also enjoy surfing in my free time.

Were your parents happy with your choice of course given the sometimes negative perception of Diploma/BTEC courses? 
Yes, they felt that it was the right choice for me instead of the usual sixth form route. 

What have been the highlights of the course so far? 
I have really enjoyed getting to know the other students and teachers, as well as trying out sailing, windsurfing and paddlesports. 

What have been the most challenging parts of the course so far? 
The coursework can seem challenging, however, I have kept on top of the work and have met all my deadlines.

Your favourite activity on the course so far? 
I have really enjoyed sailing as it is something I’ve always wanted to do. The instructors create an enjoyable, safe learning environment which has been great when trying out something new. 

Is the course what you expected? 
The course has exceeded my expectations. I have enjoyed everything Rockley has to offer and have felt extremely welcomed by all members of staff.

How do you get on with the College teachers? 
The teachers at Rockley have been very welcoming and understand the stresses of starting at a new college, reassuring all students along the way.

There’s a lot in the news surrounding mental health in young people. How does this kind of teaching environment help to combat that? 
Being outdoors and in a relaxed, enjoyable environment has made it a lot easier getting to know other students whilst settling into a new placement. Being out on the water and learning new skills is a great way for students to unwind and forget about their stresses, making Rockley the perfect balance of outdoor and classroom education. 

What are your plans following the course? 
By the end of the course, I would love to have received the qualifications needed to work out abroad, then use these skills to work as a Watersports Instructor in both sailing and windsurfing.

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