Former RAF Gunner and Southwark resident Paul Croney will swap his military uniform for a gown and mortar board, as he celebrates his university graduation on 8 November. Military life and then shifts in the police force meant that Paul, 34, didn’t have much time to think about returning to study until 12 years after finishing his A-levels. However, his military background and experiences of conflict in the Middle East, serving alongside personnel from other nations, gave Paul a strong interest in how politics works at a global level.
If you already have sufficient qualifications or you end up without the exam grades you were looking for (or you don’t have an offer for a place at university for the coming academic year, 2016), the UCAS Clearing system could be for you.
Manchester University (as part of a consortium with Liverpool and Sheffield) offers a renowned NTEC MSc course. Civvy Street spoke with two recent graduates to find out more about it and how it has shaped their careers.