Hamish Porteous felt uncertain about the best course to study in order to further his career and was too late to gain a place through the usual UCAS process. But, after hearing about Writtle College upon completion of his diploma, he contacted its Clearing hotline.
The 28-year-old spoke to Horticulture Lecturer John Cullum who encouraged him to apply so he could gain another industry-recognised qualification. He is now going into his second year of a BSc (Hons) Horticulture course at Writtle College, which is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, and is very positive about his decision.
The 28-year-old, from Lymington, said: “I can highly recommend Clearing to anyone who is considering studying at the College in September. It is not too late to be enrolled and you will find studying at Writtle College a fulfilling experience.
“I never would have thought it possible, after missing the UCAS deadlines, that things could have worked out so positively. The course has provided many useful skills and I have particularly enjoyed developing my knowledge of different plant species.
“While at the College, I was also part of the team that took part in Hillier's exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – I was part of a group of 14 young people who took over the Great Pavilion exhibit, which is the first time this has happened. We gave out advice to people thinking of studying or working in Horticulture as well as those needing plant advice. It was a brilliant opportunity which is great for my CV and wouldn’t have come about if I hadn’t met the staff and students at Writtle.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time studying for a Horticulture degree and look forward to my following years at the campus. I’m hoping to gain a position within a botanic or heritage garden after graduation. I would encourage anyone, whatever your situation, to speak to the friendly staff here for more information and you could also soon be studying here at Writtle.”