Celebrating student success for Autism Awareness Week

Celebrating student success for Autism Awareness Week

The College is celebrating its student success this year to highlight Autism Awareness Week.

Successes like Aiden Ford, a former BTEC and A-Level student whose parents were told he would never be able to cope in mainstream after his primary years in special school with an early diagnosis.

But after gaining impressive A-C grades at Trafford College, Aiden became the first generation from his family to study a degree, opting to take a BA Hons Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Aiden said: “Trafford College is supportive for people with autism like mine because it’s such a supportive environment. Everyone has a pastoral tutor as well as a subject tutor and just knowing that these people were there for me, made me feel more comfortable, even if I didn’t always use the support.

“I don’t like large crowds, but Trafford College’s A-Level and Creative Media department never felt too busy. With my autism, I think the smaller class sizes you have at College really helped. I felt really at home at Trafford College and made many good friends.”

Aiden received support to move to the College’s Sixth Form Centre to study the A Levels he wanted to take in English language, literature and business after successfully completing a two year BTEC Animation and Visual Effects course in our Creative Media Department.

The ability to move between the many varied courses offered by Trafford College is an added benefit of coming to Altrincham and Stretford, where several students with additional needs have progressed from functional skills through to higher level vocational and academic study programmes, including higher education.

Aiden added: “Studying at Trafford College has given me opportunities that I do not think any other College could have provided. The tutors here are amazing and were willing to go the extra mile to ensure I could reach my goals, and who despite my autism, treated me not as hopeless or fragile, but as a human being amongst the other students studying here.

“Thanks to the endearing support of Trafford College, I was able to make it into my first choice university, Manchester Metropolitan University, where I now study BA Hons Creative Writing and I couldn’t be happier to have made thus far.”

Aiden receives financial and other assistive support on MMU’s First Generation Programme, for people who are first in their families to go to university and is planning to go into script writing career within games design.