Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College
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“I had been told that you couldn’t do anything without 5 GCSEs so I really panicked”

Gabrielle, aged 19 

Studying: Travel and Tourism BTEC at The MET

Went to: Littlehampton Academy

Qualifications obtained at school: 3 GCSEs

“I stressed out completely all the way through Year 11. On GCSE results day I was so nervous and panicky. I studied really hard for them and when I got my results I was heartbroken.”

I had been told that you couldn’t do anything without 5 GCSEs so I really panicked as I only had three. Now I know GCSEs aren’t everything. I’m doing a college course I absolutely love and I wouldn’t want to do anything else. 

Two years ago, I thought I wanted to go to university and study aviation management. The course I’m doing is equivalent to three A-Levels so would get me into university. But now I want to work as cabin crew when I leave college – and I’ve just been offered a job by EasyJet! It is perfectly fine and normal to change your mind and ambitions around what you want to do.”


Gabrielle is sharing her story as part of The MET's #NoStressSuccess campaign on the YMCA Right Here 'FindGetGive'

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