HND Digital Design & Development
“I really enjoyed the course and the hands on nature of the learning. Being able to build websites was great and I got a real sense of achievement from the work we were asked to produce.”
Ella-May Quinn came to NESCol straight from finishing her sixth year at Dyce Academy.
Computing was always one of her favourite subjects and with a keen interest in web development she decided to apply for the HND Digital Design and Development course which matched her ambitions perfectly.
Ella-May said: “I really enjoyed the course and the hands on nature of the learning. Being able to build websites was great and I got a real sense of achievement from the work we were asked to produce.”
During the second year of her HND, Ella-May’s health took a turn for the worse after experiencing headaches and dizziness. After multiple appointments and investigations she was diagnosed with having a cyst in her brain and had surgery to remove it two days before Christmas in 2022.
Recovering from her operation, Ella-May incredibly only missed one week of College after the festive break and returned to College.
She said: “I was desperate to get back to class and continue with the course and after speaking with my consultant he agreed that I could return as long as I felt up to it. It wasn’t easy at times and I still suffered from headaches intermittently but my lecturers were really supportive and understanding.”
Peter McGruther, Curriculum Manager for Interactive Computing at NESCol, said: “Ella-May is a remarkable young lady and the team were in awe of her determination to achieve her HND despite the health issues she was facing. She worked hard throughout the course and that did not change after her surgery, achieving an A for her graded unit.”
Ella-May is continuing with her studies and has used her HND to successfully progress directly into year three of a BSc in Digital Media at RGU.