My name is Callum Davies and I’m a 19 year old programmer studying Game Design at Priestley College. I have a part time job working in a nursing home’s kitchen about 2-4 days a month, just enough to fund my game development hobby and gaming addiction.
High School – Beamont Collegiate Academy:
Between the years of 2011 and 2016, I studied at William Beamont High School (now Beamont Collegiate Academy). After 5 years in hell – to steal Oliver Queen’s quote – I sat my GCSEs, walking away with an A*, 6Bs, 2Cs and 1D. During this time – primarily 2012 or so – I was introduced to a program called Scratch. I enjoyed using this and begun making my own little games – all of which I have (luckily) lost now; I don’t that embarrassment to go down in history. Although I now despise Scratch, I do have to give it credit for how it peaked my interest in programming, something I have come to enjoy doing when I’m not playing video games, also, it’s probably not easy for a teacher to teach 11-16 year old kids a written programming language – especially when the most part of a class wont understand or care.
AS Level – Cronton Sixth Form College:
From 2016 to 2017, I went to Cronton Sixth Form College undertaking 4 AS subjects; Computer Science, Business Studies, Maths and Physics. I walked away with a B in Computer Science, a D in Business and a U in both Maths and Physics. It’s quite easy for me to turn round an go “Oh, it was the teachers fault” but looking back, there were a few times where I failed to attend sessions which were put into place to help me – such as the Wednesday study day. I didn’t quite take my time at Cronton seriously; I thought it would be easier than it was.
AQA Technical Level – Priestley College:
After failing at Cronton, they never arranged an appointment with regards to re-enrolling even after my repeated attempts to get one. Because of this, I had to look elsewhere and Priestley offered some good courses. As of September 2017, I study Computer Games Design at Priestley College.