James McAllister

James McAllister

Study Subjects:

Why did you study these subjects?
I’ve always had a real interest in history ever since I was a child, even stemming from watching the history channel with my Grandad at a young age. Throughout my time in education RE showed to be a subject that both I excelled at and also grabbed my interest, especially at A level, with the Philosophy and Ethics course now giving me different outlooks on my everyday activities and being more conscious of my own decisions. Sociology was my way of bringing all my interests together, seeing not only how society works in general but also incorporating how my own hobbies such as sport affect the society we live in today.


Tell us your favourite memory of your time at Carmel college sixth form
Every day in college gifts me new memories as I am constantly surrounded by a tighter knitted community of my closest friends. If there was one I were to pick I would have to say the football teams win away to Richmond last year. The fact that a team of 2 different year groups could come together as a team and all put in immense effort and share camaraderie before and after the game really showed me how Carmel has allowed me to create memories that I will cherish for years to come.


How did Carmel College help you prepare for the future?
Carmel allows for students to have various advisors available to them. For example, in Sixth Form I have had 2 separate Careers interviews with a specialised advisor, who showed me that a degree doesn’t have to send me down one narrow path, as well as the reality that a degree isn’t always the best option, with various beneficial apprenticeships being available. The new PSHE format on Tuesdays has been a massive help with regards to UCAS and teaching me the reality of a life after Carmel. As well as this, Mrs Parnaby, Mrs Shield, and various other mentors such as my Tutors have constantly given me and all other students numerous opportunities to prepare for the future, such as the Careers night and invitations to career fairs across the North East. Not to mention, the help I have been given with regards to University choices, notably, constant reminders for open days and University scheme’s such as the Partners programme for Newcastle University and Supported Progression for Durham and York University.

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