More than 5,000 people have signed up to study courses at City and Islington College (CANDI) during the first week of enrolment.
The college offers a wide range of A Level and vocational courses at its centres in Angel, Camden Road and Finsbury Park, which are free up to Level 2 regardless of age or income.
CANDI is offering A Levels at its Sixth Form Hub in Enfield for the first time this year.
The college also runs English, Maths and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, higher education qualifications and free short courses.
Tania Lafayette, 42, has enrolled on a Childcare and Education (Early Years Workforce Educator) Level 3 Diploma having completed Childcare courses at Level 1 and 2 at CANDI’s sister college Westminster Kingsway.
The mum of four, who works part-time at a playcentre in Camden, hopes to become a teaching assistant and eventually work with children with special educational needs.
She said: “I love interacting with children. It makes me feel happy and seeing their progress is amazing. I’ve already learnt a lot. The teachers are very supportive and make you feel very motivated. Every day there is something new to learn. This course is a big opportunity for my future.”
Polly Dennish Ross, 18, is to study an Art and Design: Fashion and Textiles Level 3 Foundation Diploma to boost her portfolio for university after finishing her A Levels at CANDI this year.
She said: “I’ve always loved clothes and pretty things. I want to go into a very tactile field and don’t want to be stuck behind a desk. I was very curious from a young age and that made me very creative.
“Vivienne Westwood has always been one of my main inspirations. She’s so subversive but still very feminine and I like how she puts history into her garments. Her vision is incredible and she has made such a huge impact on the fashion industry.
“I’m excited by the amount of experimentation there is on the course and being able to find my own style.”
Mohammad Isharq Bakshi, 19, will be studying a Health and Social Care Level 3 Diploma having completed Levels 1 and 2 at Westminster Kingsway.
He said: “I want to become a nurse. I used to look after my grandad when he had a heart problem, which made me realise how much I want to help people. I get a lot of satisfaction from caring for others.”
Joe Lamb, 16, who enrolled on an Art and Design Level 3 Diploma, said: “My dad’s a professional artist, so I guess it’s in my blood. I took part in a competition at school in Year Seven. I did a massive portrait of Usain Bolt and won. My teachers though I really had a talent and felt I could really take off in this subject and I carried it on at GCSE.
“I think the course will challenge me and show me what I’m capable of. I’ve had a chat with the teachers. They showed me around the department and I was really impressed. I feel welcomed already.”
You too could be among the students enrolling at CANDI this summer and gaining new skills and knowledge to enhance your career and education prospects.
Enrol at CANDI today to start a course this September.