Mature student proves you’re never too old to learn

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Mature student proves you’re never too old to learn


Mature student, David Brown, took his interest in maths to another level and is now on his way to studying at university.

“I developed an interest in playing puzzles and online maths games online as a hobby, but then thought about updating my maths qualification.

“I enrolled onto a course at Joseph Priestley Campus in Beeston to study maths at GCSE level, alongside my role as a taxi driver.”

David relished the social aspect of being part of a group, surrounded by like-minded people who wanted to better their skills.

“I was a part time student attending one evening a week. I thoroughly enjoyed it and looked forward to going each time. Laurence was a very good tutor and individuals in the group supported each other too.

“It’s fantastic that any adult who does not have GCSE maths and/or English can get those qualifications for free at Leeds City College.

“After studying these subjects in 2016, I followed this up with online GCSE Physics and Chemistry in 2017 through home study. I’m now at the University of Leeds on a science foundation year.

“This year will hopefully prepare me for a degree in mechanical engineering. As a 50 year old, I am quite pragmatic about my future. My aim is to open up a few more opportunities to do something I'm really interested in for the remaining years of my working life.”