Katie is first student to complete Community Theatre Degree – and earns first-class honours

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Katie is first student to complete Community Theatre Degree – and earns first-class honours

Hard work and determination have paid off for Katie Kendall (25), from Bacup, who now has her sights set on a career in teaching students with additional educational needs, using the skills and knowledge she has learned over her full-time course, awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. She is completing her post-graduate PGCE teaching qualification at Burnley, too.

Katie, a former pupil at Fearns Community Sports College, said:

“I really want to put my degree to good use and use theatre to make a difference to people’s lives. It’s been an exciting three years of study and I’ve loved every minute of it: it’s opened up so many opportunities for me. I’ve grown in confidence so much and found a subject that I love.”

Katie, mum to Max (five) and Melody (two), said she received support and encouragement from her Tutors throughout her university course and always knew there was someone to turn to for academic advice and guidance, as well as support to manage her time and arrange student finance.

She said:

“The library became a special place for me to do my independent study. It was great to have all the resources I needed on hand and I knew I’d have quiet time to really get through my assignments. As a student, I was also entitled to free childcare, which was a great help, too.

“Staff helped me through my student finance application and advised me to apply for a Burnley Bursary, which was so helpful: I got a new lap-top, regular cash payments, credits to use for meals on campus and at the gym, as well as my DBS check.

“Studying a university course at Burnley has changed my life. I’ve found my passion and now I have a career path ahead of me that, I hope, will see me become a headteacher one day, helping students to be the very best they can.”

Simon Jordan, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Burnley College, said:

“Huge congratulations to Katie. Achieving a first-class degree is an outstanding achievement and is testament to the dedication and enthusiasm she has shown at every stage of her academic journey.

“Returning to university study as an adult can be daunting but it is worthwhile: you have the opportunity to shape your own future and follow your dream career. Here at Burnley College we have Tutors and staff with the experience, passion and expertise to ensure that your return to university-level study is a success and, just like Katie, you can achieve the results you deserve.”

Katie, along with her fellow university-level students, is now looking forward to a graduation ceremony at Burnley Mechanics in September following a procession through the town centre from the Campus on Princess Way.

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