Marvellous Munira makes the grade

Determined mum Munira Mohammed Ahmed overcomes health issues to head to university.

The super student, who studied English GCSE alongside her Access to HE in Combined & Medical Science course, has long-standing heath issues and spent a lot of the past year in hospital.

However, Munira managed to dial into classes from her hospital bed, while also rising to the challenge of studying during a pandemic and caring for her young daughter.

After gaining a Grade 6 in English and passing her access course, she is now set to start a Pharmacy degree at Liverpool John Moores University and is looking forward to a fulfilling a career in the NHS.

She said: “I had the best time studying at The Manchester College. I met new people that changed my life and all the support from the teachers and staff made my journey easy.

“I chose to study at The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester because all the courses are developed to meet the target for local and national employers. This means you can choose any course and as soon as you have completed your studies, you will have the suitable qualification and skills to follow your perfect career.

“The best thing about studying here has been the support. English is not my first language so I always feel shy when talking or asking questions. However with the support of the teachers, especially Nicky, I overcame all my fears and have become very confident with my English skills and on my course as a whole. 

“I’ve had offers from three universities so I will start my pharmacy degree in September. Once I’ve finished my degree, I want to start working as a Pharmacist in an NHS hospital. This is the only dream that keeps waking my spirit up every single day.

I’d highly recommend any course at The Manchester College because it will be a life-changer for those looking for further education and careers.

GCSE tutor Nicky Smith said: “I taught Munira two years ago and due to her dyslexia and English not being her native tongue, she only achieved a GCSE Grade 2.  However, she came back this year to do an Access course and needed her GCSE to progress to university. 

“Munira has acted on every bit of feedback, she volunteered to read aloud every lesson despite finding it difficult and put lots of effort in to try and improve her writing. She has a forthcoming operation yet she still intends to take her place at university this September – if that doesn’t inspire everyone then nothing will!” 

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Munira Mohammed Ahmed

English GCSE