Stirling Observer

Back to class safely for college students


Eager new Forth Valley College students began their journey into further education recently, and familiaris­ed themselves with continued cautious and responsibl­e Covid-19 procedures at each campus.

Registrati­on for the new academic term began in mid-August and FVC staff have been busy helping students to enrol onto their courses, in the ‘new normal’ for further education.

At the Alloa Campus Rhys Muldoon (16) from Coalsnaugh­ton has just started a Workstart course. He said: “The course is pretty good and I love the learning environmen­t compared to what it was like at school. I feel we are treated like adults here. I hope the course will identify a subject for me to focus on.

“I feel safe in the Alloa Campus and the Covid procedures are good and I also feel that support is there if I need it too.”

Soleen Mohammed (17) from Alloa, who has enrolled on a School Link Course focussing on Art and Design, said: “I want to become an artist and I hope this course will help me progress. I am enjoying it so far. I do feel safe in the Alloa Campus and am happy with the support on offer.”

At the Stirling Campus Emily Hardie (20) has just started her BA (Hons) in Digital Media – a partnershi­p degree with the University of Stirling where students study at the FVC Stirling Campus for the first two years, before moving on to the university.

She said: “I had previously studied at Fife College focussing on radio when I lived there. I had heard about the courses on offer at FVC in partnershi­p with the University of Stirling, but the travelling would have been too much.

“When I moved recently, I was eager to apply as the idea of going straight to university is quite daunting, so this is a better route for me. Many of my new classmates have already been double vaccinated and I feel quite safe and supported on campus. The fact that we will be working online for much of the first four weeks or so, helps as well.”

Adam Hamill (17) has also enrolled on the BA (Hons) in Digital Media at the Stirling Campus.

He said: “I am looking forward to the course as I completed a Foundation Apprentice­ship in Media while at high school and want to get into film-making. I think the course has an equal balance of theory and practical aspects to it and I really like that. It has been immediatel­y very obvious that the Stirling Campus is safe and that procedures are being enforced and I feel supported by lecturing staff.”

 ??  ?? Looking forward Soleen Mohammed
Looking forward Soleen Mohammed
 ??  ?? New start Rhys Muldoon
New start Rhys Muldoon
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Student Emily Hardie
 ??  ?? Eager Adam Hamill
Eager Adam Hamill

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