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Marshall Smith

Success Story

Marshall Smith

Marshall joined The Sheffield College after completing his A-Levels. Not considering himself academic, Marshall found his feet on the Performing Arts Foundation Degree at The Sheffield College and has since gone onto achieve a First in his top-up Honours Degree at Sheffield Hallam Univerisity. Marshall is now training to become a Teacher, whilst also making moves into the music industry with his band, The Ellergies.

“Studying at The Sheffield College really improved my confidence. I was able to come out with less debt and worry, but the same qualifications and a better experience.”

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Before I moved to The Sheffield College I was doing my A-levels. Whilst I was looking into university, I came across the Performing Arts Foundation Degree – my sister had done this course and highly recommended it. It appealed to me more as the facilities for drama at The Sheffield College are fantastic – big drama hall's are very rare to find.

It was a fantastic experience and I met such a great team. I really found my feet and gained confidence which has really helped me so much throughout my life so far.

I went on to top my foundation degree up at Sheffield Hallam University with a professional practice course and graduated with a First Class degree.

As part of the course at The Sheffield College we explored the idea of teaching. In one of the modules we had to do a community arts project. As part of the project we had to put on a kids Halloween party which really made me think that I would actually enjoy working with, and educating, children in the future.

Currently I'm studying the last third of my PGCE course and I am really enjoying the school I am working at, and whole thing as a career.

Studying at The Sheffield College really improved my confidence. It helped me as a performer applying to play in bands outside of education, and how to make things exciting.

I play in a band called Ellergies which I joined in early 2014. We have played a few gigs and festivals, which went down really well, and we got a mention in Kerrang Magazine and a rating of 4 out of 5 which amazing!

I think the best thing about the course the staff. They inspired us and brought the best out of us and we put on some cracking performances. I still go back and see performances at The Sheffield College because they are so good.

Studying at the college meant that I was able to come out with less debt, spend less money, and finish with less worry but still have the same qualifications – and a better experience than somebody who might have chosen to study elsewhere.