Adam received one of three Excellence Scholarships for his determination to overcome adversity.

Adam received one of three Excellence Scholarships for his determination to overcome adversity.

Having endured a tough time at school the first time around, Adam McLeonard is now on track to make a difference and return to the classroom as a primary school teacher after completing Edge Hill University’s Fastrack course.

Travelling the three-hour round trip from Northern Wales every day for seven weeks, Adam said his commitment to completing the Fastrack degree was a very personal one.

“I had a difficult time at school with bullying. Once I left I tried my hand at several careers from mechanics to kitchen designing and labouring, but I always knew I wanted to get into teaching to correct the past and make a difference.

“I looked around at different teaching degrees but my grades weren’t up to scratch. I saw that Edge Hill were offering a Fastrack alternative and applied on the spot.

“The course was wonderful. The teachers get you through everything and the course accommodates everyone regardless of where their skills are at,” Adam said.

At a graduation ceremony held on campus, Adam received one of three Excellence Scholarships for his determination to overcome adversity.

“Being awarded this scholarship means I might be able to reward myself with a car instead of sitting on the train for three hours a day! On a more serious note, it also helps erase the bad experiences that have held me back and it’s something really positive to move forward with,” Adam said.

Fastrack is an intensive, free programme for adults. It has been designed to provide the skills and knowledge to prepare participants for an Edge Hill degree.

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