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GCSE Success Against The Odds For Local Twins Laura And Rebecca
Laura and Rebecca
Laura and Rebecca studied their GCSEs with the National Extension College (NEC), an online distance learning college and educational charity. After both students were diagnosed with Crohn's Disease early on in their secondary schooling, mainstream schooling became untenable.

Laura and Rebecca were both in Year 8 (twelve years of age) when they were diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. The illness and treatment meant that they were not able to engage in mainstream schooling, with their mental health and self confidence being affected also.

Before enrolling with NEC, Rebecca had found GCSE maths difficult, being unable to pass twice, and Laura was unable to sit her GCSEs during school as her attendance was so low due to Crohn’s.

In 2018, Laura and Rebecca enrolled with NEC to study GCSE maths, psychology and English language with the assistance of a grant from Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

“Studying with NEC allowed me to use my time how I wanted without being restricted by a timetable. I could make mistakes in maths in my own time and figure out a way of learning the content in my way, there was no pressure. Slowly maths became comfortable and, dare I say, enjoyable” - Rebecca

“I decided to do psychology because I have always had an interest in the subject, but until discovering NEC, I had never had the opportunity to. NEC provided clear and easy to follow documents to work from” - Laura

Laura and Rebecca passed all three of their GCSEs and both will be starting an Access to Higher Education: humanities and social science course at Leeds City College. Both achieved a grade 4 in maths, which for Rebecca was her third attempt and therefore a remarkable achievement. Both also achieved a grade 5 in English language, with Laura obtaining a grade 6 in psychology and Rebecca a grade 5.

Laura and Rebecca thought studying at university was not on the horizon but now it is a goal that they are both looking forward to.

“Going to university was something that never seemed achievable to me. Since doing the course, I have not only gained a Psychology GCSE qualification which opens up opportunities I never would have had, but I have a new found confidence with learning that I never had back when I was at school” - Laura

“In college I began a BTEC Creative Media course whilst doing Functional Maths and English. At this point I had no idea what I wanted to study at university, I just knew I needed to pass maths!...I am pleased to say that my new approach and the help from NEC has paid off as I passed this time round. It has taught me so much more than school could have done” - Rebecca

We wish Laura and Rebecca all the best as they progress onto college, and celebrate their courage and persistence which has made it possible for them to achieve so much.

More information about the National Extension College can be found here: https://www.nec.ac.uk/

More information about Crohn's and Colitis UK can be found here:
https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/

GCSE Success Against The Odds For Local Twins Laura And Rebecca, 28th August 2019, 16:40 PM