Two former students are now working towards becoming Physiotherapists after completing Sport and Exercise Science degrees this summer.
James Layzell and Ben Pugh graduated at the final ceremony at the Town Hall Corn Exchange in Ipswich.
James says "After being out of education for a few years I wanted to increase my qualifications to progress my fitness career. The university offered a Foundation Course to bridge the gap between my previous education and a degree. I felt this was the ideal way for me to get back into education as a mature student."
Ben added "The course not only gave me a better understanding in the area of Sports and Exercise science but also gave me the skills and hands on experience necessary to acquire a job in Rehabilitation."
He also recognised the benefits of choosing a university closer to home, ..."it meant I could continue to work evenings as well as study during the day. I lived close to Ipswich which meant it was easy to travel to and from university and work. I was also able to complete a Foundation year to enable me to complete the BSc."
He has this advice for students "Try to find a good balance between studying and getting hands on experience in the area you wish to work in. Getting a good grasp of the theory is essential, but the practical experience will help you stand out around those who are solely reliant on their degree."