An ex-student of South and City College Birmingham has gone to achieve numerous awards, a first class honours degree and an amazing job.
Twenty one year old, Helena Green, from Hall Green Birmingham, studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing before graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with First Class Honours last year. She has now secured a job working as a Design Assistant with the high street fashion brand, River Island.
The college recently caught up with Helena to reminisce about her time at college and how it helped get her ready to do well at university.
Helena came to study at South and City College after finishing her GCSEs at school. She said, “I knew I wanted to study fashion, it was my favourite subject at school. As I’m not good at exams, this course was perfect as it is 100% coursework. You also get to explore different areas of fashion, not just design. The course is well structured and gives you all the necessary skills to move forward.
“At the Open Day, all of the tutors were very welcoming and easy to talk to. They were very willing to answer all of my questions and they showed me the kind of environment I would be studying in. The college has excellent equipment, from industrial sewing machines to pattern cutting tables.”
The skills Helena gained from studying at college really helped her during the first year of university and put her above some of her fellow undergraduates who did not have previous experience of how to pattern cut or use industrial sewing machines. She added, “Once I went to university after college, I found it a lot easier than most, because a lot of the skills they taught me in my first year at university I had already gained experience of at college.”
During her final year at college, Helena was selected to showcase her collection at a fashion show as a new young designer and she also received a second place in the Harvey Nichols Competition during the annual College Fashion Show. Helena’s accolades continued whilst at university, she was the winner of the Superdry Outerwear Award at the Graduate Fashion Week 2018 and a finalist for a competition hosted by Pretty Green, a clothing label, founded by self-confessed rock ‘n’ roll star Liam Gallagher.
When asked what advice she would give her younger self, knowing what she knows now, Helena said, “Don’t worry so much about the future – you’re going to be fine!”
One of Helena’s lecturers in Fashion and Textiles said, “We are extremely proud of Helena and all she has achieved. It is inspiring to see her achievements at university and now her career is taking off, we can't wait to see her progress.”