Hearing impairment no barrier to success for talented Ahmed
When Ahmed Darouache arrived at Trafford College he hadn’t taken a GCSE exam. Now the star engineer has progressed rapidly through the ranks to study architecture at university.
“It’s like a miracle,” said Ahmed from Old Trafford. “I’ve been interested in architecture ever since I first played with Lego as a kid and became interested in the way it was structured. Now my dream is finally becoming a reality.”
Ahmed started studying at Trafford College in 2015 in Foundation Learning Entry Level 3 IT, rapidly progressing to a pre-GCSE course followed by full GCSEs in maths and English the year after.
After taking a wider range of GCSEs the next academic year, the former Manor Academy pupil went on to ace the first part of his BTEC Engineering course with the highest grades possible, double starred distinctions.
“I came from a special school and only had a Level 1 exam in English. Trafford College’s teachers are really very good. The extra support of one to one tutorials helped me so much, not only with lessons, but also personally. They helped me find my confidence.”
During teaching, Ahmed uses a combination of lip-reading and soundwaves, transmitted to both his hearing aids by a transmitter worn by each tutor, who is specially trained to use the device.
“I also had great support from the careers advisors at the college. I had a really good understanding of how to write my university application forms after speaking to them and I soon had a conditional and unconditional offer at two universities!”
As well as his grades, Ahmed was also able to include his position of student ambassador on his university application form, which consisted of representing the College at special events, such as Open Days.
“My mum is very happy with what I’ve achieved. She wants me to be able to be what I want to be.
“To other people in my position, I’d say work hard and most of all, be patient. Focus on what you want to be and don’t let anyone say you can’t do it. It’s your future. Everyone has the opportunity to improve. It’s carrying on to find another way to do it.”
Ahmed was elected Deputy Leader of student forum, the Equalities Council, in 2019. The same year, he won the Student of the Year for Mechanical Engineering and Engineering ‘Student of the Month’. Ahmed has also participated in several Engineering Mathematics competitions.
Engineering tutor Bertin Speaks said: “Ahmed just wanted to work and get on. He has come such a long way since he was part of Foundation Learning, which is down to hard work, a great attitude and determination. His progress is amazing.”