App of the month - Fred, Business AS Level
I have been off drugs for a long time now and can study for my qualification without distractions, making the most out of my time with the prison service to attain an industry recognised qualification.
My name is Fred and I am currently serving a sentence at HMP Bullingdon.
I was a bright teenager and despite getting myself into trouble lots at school, with poor attendance and doing little work, I still managed to gain five GCSEs (4 C’s and 1 B) and go on to take five subjects at A-Level. Unfortunately at this point I became involved with drugs and fell through the education system, dropping out of college and instead doing a two-year plumbing course at a tech college, which I later decided not to pursue as a career.
I then gained employment in a variety of areas including retail, as a courier and in highway maintenance but I was mainly in construction as a labourer. The only constant was the music events that I was organising as a hobby with some friends. Over the years my career proceeded to go nowhere whereas my events grew bigger and more popular. Sometimes attracting over 1000 attendees and with us being booked to host festival stages, I realised I wanted to pursue this as a career by opening an events production and equipment hire company.
I wish to gain a Business A-Level for a number of reasons. Firstly, I believe that completing the A-Level will help expand my business knowledge and help me with my dream of opening my own business in the events and hire industry. Secondly, I believe an A-Level in Business would help gain me entry to university, where I hope I can study for an Honours Degree in Live Event Production. I have already found the university and course I wish to enrol in once I gain my freedom and it is far more likely I will be accepted with some further education behind me, on top of my GCSEs.
Lastly, I regret my lack of commitment to education and gaining qualifications in my late teenage years. Now, at 25 years old, I am far more committed to advancing myself and my career and I believe this is the perfect time for me to do so. I have been off drugs for a long time now and can study for my qualification without distractions, making the most out of my time with the prison service to attain an industry recognised qualification.
I am confident I can complete all the work and study required of me to gain the A-Level within the required time, to take my exams by summer 2017. However, unfortunately I cannot afford to fund the course by myself, hence this application for funding to the Prisoners’ Education Trust.
I hope you can look upon my request favourably.