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Burnley College Alumna and University of Cambridge graduate Holly secures dream career

Studying A Levels at Burnley College and attaining A*A*A* in Psychology, Sociology and Biology, Accrington-born Holly secured a place at the prestigious Churchill College (a specialist science & technology college) at Cambridge University. She’s one of Burnley College Sixth Form Centre’s biggest success stories, graduating in 2019 with a First-Class Honours degree in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences. And the happy years she spent at Burnley College were formative ones – cementing her decision in her choice of study – and plans for the future. 

I greatly valued the diversity of Burnley College Sixth Form Centre and the years I spent there truly were the best times of my life. Everyone was treated as an adult, everyone was able to be themselves. The tutors were fantastic and the learning environment so positive. In fact, I’m now back living in Manchester – and flat-sharing with my two best friends I met whilst at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre!” 

Since graduating, Holly has been working as a Peer Support Coach for the mental health charity MIND and is loving being out in the field, working with people and making a difference to their lives.

This is a perfect first job,” says Holly. “It’s a huge contrast to my studies at Cambridge which, whilst fun, were three years of hard, hard work. Now all my studies are being put into practice and not only am I really seeing how I can help people – I’m really learning so much more about myself at the same time.

Holly’s next step to achieving her goal means a return to study – to PhD level. “I aim to be a practising Clinical Psychological Therapist one day, but for now need some real-life experience – this job gives me the hands-on knowledge to get me to my next step.


Congratulations Holly – we’re delighted to have been part of your journey!

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