Bridgwater & Taunton College’s alumni have achieved success and continue to do so today. Below you can find out about some of our former students who have achieved success in a wide variety of sectors and professions, including filmmakers, artists, doctors, nuclear and aeronautical engineers.
James Della Valle
James chose to study A Levels at Bridgwater & Taunton College, where he had access to university-level, highgrade equipment including robotic arms. Having the opportunity to access these facilities before university is extremely rare and James believes it gave him an advantage over peers when applying for Higher Education.
Since completing his A-Levels at the College, James is studying Architecture at University College London. After achieving his undergraduate degree, he plans to complete a Master’s in Architecture in order to become a Certified Architect – focusing on computational robotic design and automated manufacturing of the built environment, with a view to creating a company that develops low-cost, high quality affordable housing for the masses.
Julie studied International Baccaleureate at Bridgwater & Taunton College, during which time she wrote a 4,000 word essay on the use of essential oils as an antibacterial. This was an important step in her academic journey as she learnt skills such as critical evaluation, referencing and practical laboratory skills, along with time management and teamwork.
Following her hard work, Julie successfully applied to Bristol University and is studying towards her medical degree, with a ambition to become a doctor in the future.
Ever since a young age Georgia had aspired to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals, dreaming of becoming an animal welfare officer/inspector for the RSPCA.
During her time at Bridgwater & Taunton College, Georgia partook in 200 hours of work experience at Secret World Wildlife Rescue, where she thrived. Secret World enabled her to build important skills and knowledge needed for a career in animal care and rehabilitation.
The college’s course enabled Georgia to build a sturdy platform for higher education. She exceeded the requirements for all of the universities to which she had applied, resulting in her securing a place at Bournemouth University studying Ecology and Wildlife Conservation.
Becki Howes studied the Media Production course at Bridgwater College before moving on to Newport University to study the BA in Documentary, Film and Television and the BA in Film and Video Studies.
Originally from Cannington, Becki was nominated for her documentary ‘Men in Stripes’ at the Wales Centre Royal Television Awards in 2015. The film is about a group of 12 men in Kotka, Finland who meet up fortnightly to practise gymnastics. It is a film exploring the oddities of life and how different things make people happy.
Vanessa studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design at Bridgwater & Taunton College, before becoming a student at Falmouth Unievrsity. She is now doing an internship with Vogue magazine.
During my work experience with Vogue, Vanessa has worked in the art department carrying out picture research and editing, and has worked on articles for the printed magazine and for online. Vanessa also assisted on a photo shoot at Loft Studios for an article called ‘Meet The New Suffragettes’, for the February issue shot by the incredible photographer, Julia Hetta.
After this internship with Vogue, she aspires to assist more photographers, work with brands and gain as much as practical industry experience as possible.