Allison Potts

Allison Potts
Allison Potts

Allison Potts (40) from Polmont studied for a HND Accounting and despite serious medical challenges, she managed to graduate from her course… and win Student of the Year for 2022 at her graduation ceremony!

“I chose Forth Valley College due to its excellent reputation and articulation links with many universities and studying in the brand new building was a bonus  

“The lecturing staff were outstanding and offered so much support. I even had support from first year lecturers who continued to support me in second year. Their support was invaluable and I owe a massive thanks to Leanne, Debbie, and Carol in particular – they are a credit to the College. The thing I loved the most about the College were the lecturers.

“There is a fabulous range of support available at FVC and I was able to access help from a Learning Support Advisor, a Support and Guidance Advisor and a Mental Health Mentor during my time at the College, who all played a part in helping me achieve my qualification.

“I learned a lot over my two years at the College and not just about my chosen course. I have gained more confidence in myself and my abilities, which I have been able to carry over into my work and personal life. Studying at FVC has allowed me to gain entry into third year at Glasgow Caledonian University to continue my studies.

“I would recommend my course as gaining a HND in Accounting opens a huge range of career opportunities and pathways to a number of further study options. The best bit of being at Forth Valley College, apart from graduating and gaining my HND, would have to be winning the award for Student of the Year.

“College is a great way to gain entry into not only different industries after achieving a qualification, but a pathway into university study. College is such a supportive environment to learn in and teaches all the relevant subject matter, but additionally builds confidence and self-esteem. Students also learn skills such as time management, working individually and prioritizing work load, which are skills many employers are looking for.”