Passion for public services

20 July, 2020 10:23 am

From a young age, student Jordan Dodsworth had ambitions of working in public services. Inspired to pursue a fast paced role after working with the Army Cadet Force, he joined the Uniformed Public Services course at Keighley College.

Ahead of the game

After five years’ experience as an army cadet, Jordan was committed to fulfilling his goal of becoming a police officer.

“My time within the Army Cadet Force thoroughly prepared me for the course at Keighley College. I had achieved a respectable four star rank and always enjoyed the regular physical activities.”

Rise to the challenge

Jordan joined the college in 2017, where he began his exciting journey on Uniformed Public Services Level 2, following on to Level 3.

“The course was really diverse; during my two years I studied 17 interesting yet challenging topics. I particularly enjoyed the practical and outdoor activities, such as riot training, caving at Dow Cave in Kettlewell and rock climbing at Alms Cliff in Harrogate.

“I also studied a unit focusing on planning a major incident, which provided relevant insight into emergency services response plans. It was important for me to achieve a grade 4 in English and maths while at college. Although this was a challenge, my tutors supported me every step of the way and through hard work and determination, I was delighted to achieve these grades.”

On track for success

Gaining support from his tutors and peers, Jordan worked hard during his final year at college.

“Throughout college, I always had my sights set on going to university. This sometimes made things difficult, as I put pressure on myself to achieve the best grades I could. Although sometimes it was difficult to achieve a distinction, my teachers were incredible and always ensured I had the help I needed to progress.

“This course has been a real turning point in my academic journey; the engaging topics and inspiring teachers allowed me to excel and I’m really grateful to them. I’m absolutely thrilled to have secured a place at Sheffield Hallam University to study Criminology in September.”

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