Lauren's story

After her GCSEs, Lauren went on to complete the BTEC Extended Diploma in Childcare Learning and Development at the South Holland Post 16 Centre in Lincolnshire. She then studied Education at the University of Birmingham, gaining a first class honours degree.

Lauren is now working as an Assistant Director at Explore Learning Centre in Peterborough, a Maths and English tuition centre for children.

Lauren Bates

Lauren Bates

“My BTEC gave me some fantastic practical experience in the education sector, however, I was still unsure what I actually wanted to do for a career. I was attracted to the University of Birmingham because the Education degree covered a broad range of topics I was really interested in, and because there was such a lively campus, with so much going on. Studying subjects that I had never touched on at Sixth Form was challenging at first, so I put a lot of time in to really get to grips with them, and things became easier. The tutors on my course were fantastic and provided top quality support and guidance when I needed it. I made some great friends at Birmingham and have so many memories that will last a lifetime. I am now Assistant Director at an Explore Learning tuition centre: I love it!”