19-year-old A-level student David Campbell has had a keen interest in birds since the age of six. Now after studying A-levels at South Thames College his future is about to take flight since securing his place in the birding world as a promising expert.
David currently works part-time as rare bird news operator for website birdguides.com, and more recently landed a job with an ornithological consultant which involved him travelling to Thetford to survey stone-curlews, a rare and largely nocturnal bird of open country. In September David will be spreading his wings at the University of Sussex where he has applied to study a degree in Ecology and Conservation.
Unemployed Londoners are being helped back into work by a free creative training programme delivered by Photofusion in partnership with South Thames College.
So far over 100 adults have benefited from undertaking accredited City & Guilds photography courses at Photofusion's resource centre in Brixton. Since the two organisations teamed up 16 months ago, almost half of students have returned to work after gaining the recognised qualification, with many taking up positions directly in London's creative industries.
Recent alumni have successfully secured employment as photographers for national newspapers, website designers and company directors, and in industries including fashion, theatre and retail. Graduating students recently exhibited their work at the Photofusion gallery, the first opportunity they’ve had to share their work with friends and family since enrolling on the courses.
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Over 100 A-level students from the Merton Campus packed into the common room of the Merton 6th to celebrate their end of year awards ceremony, Celebrating Success.
Prizes were awarded to the best AS and A-level students from 20 subjects ranging from maths to media, as well as to those who have shown the most improved performance and overall students of the year.
In between the award segments, staff and students at the event were treated to a host of impressive student work including drama production highlights, film trailers, and a gymnastics performance.
Read more to find out what some of the winners had to say about their time at South Thames College.