Top-up degree is just the tonic for Peter

On the left is the UCEN Manchester logo. On the right is a selfie of Peter Connell taken at City Campus Manchester, with the UCEN Manchester sign in the background.

A career in teaching beckons for Peter after completing his degree in Software Development.

“Proud and optimistic about my future projects.” That’s how Peter Connell is feeling after completing a BSc (Hons) (Top-up) in Software Development with UCEN Manchester.

Having previously completed an HND in Computing, 40-year-old Peter chose the Top-up option with UCEN Manchester as it allowed him to complete a final year, gain a full BSc (Hons) and advance his career, all while balancing his responsibilities as a father and an employee.

A career in teaching beckons, with Peter’s next steps already lined up. He said: “Thanks to my qualifications, I have already received attention from prospective employers, with many reaching out to me through online platforms such as LinkedIn. I have chosen to pursue a post-graduate PGCE placement at a local school this September, teaching Computing.

The completed degree provides many opportunities, from web development, data analysis, and software engineering to graduate schemes and teaching.

"I also enjoy programming audio software instruments, so I might even pursue that in future. For now, I will apply my skills to teaching and helping others in my local community, as I am grateful for the opportunities extended to me.”

As well as the “excellent” industry-standard facilities at City Campus Manchester, Peter also praised his tutors.

“The staff are helpful, warm and welcoming,” he said. “Tutor subject knowledge is phenomenal and I learned a lot from them. Years of industry experience means they teach industry-recognised skills.

“UCEN Manchester provides an excellent path for students looking to finish a degree, commute from home, and meet like-minded students. 

“I am deeply grateful to the tutors for their invaluable guidance and support throughout my degree. Their willingness to share their expertise and support me in my academic endeavours has been instrumental in my success. I cannot thank them enough for their commitment to my growth and development.”

Find out more about courses at UCEN Manchester’s School of Computing and Cybersecurity.