Colin Miles


Why did you choose to come to Petroc?
I chose Petroc as it provided a much wider course choice.

What made you pick this particular course?
At the time of my first course I was not really sure what I wanted to do, so chose the generalist course, however in completing the First Diploma course I was inspired me to complete the National. I recognised the National Diploma would provide a rounded foundation that would help me in any future role in business.

What were your highlights?
I think there were several highlights, some personal and some content related: the course, location, teaching and new relationships allowed me to start on my journey to find my true self.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to run our own business in the National Diploma content, the learnings that came from those situations stayed with me a for a long time.
The coursework around marketing was also insightful and very valuable.

What did you most enjoy about studying at Petroc?
I think the teachers for me were the most enjoyable or at least most valuable for me personally. I never enjoyed school as I felt school was forced upon me, the teachers at Petroc helped me understand that everything was about my future, the effort that I put into course helped set my opportunities for my future career.

Any advice for someone thinking of choosing the same course as you?
Don’t think this is like a traditional learning opportunity, it really is designed to help you understand and experience a wide set of business activities. Don’t leave the course work to complete until the deadline, you will have the ability to get a higher grade if you give your self time, time to re-read and adjust and improve. This lesson is the same in business, the more time you give yourself, the greater the outcome.


BTEC First and National Diploma in Business and Finance

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I think the teachers for me were the most enjoyable or at least most valuable for me personally.