Tyla Aspeling-Leouw

Tyla Aspeling-Leouw

“I don’t think I could ever have comprehended beforehand how passionate I would become about my subject. It completely opened my eyes to what I could do in the future.


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (D*DD)

Where are you now?

Gap year doing voluntary work

Congratulations on your results. How do you feel?

“I’m really happy with my results. My goal was to get a D*, and I have achieved that, so I’m very happy.”

What have been your highlights while attending Brock?

“It’s hard to say because I’ve had so many good experiences here. My teachers have been amazing, so the support and experiences that they were able to give me is definitely a highlight, as well as being able to go out on placement.

I came from Southampton, so I came on my own without any friends. In my first year I had an accident and had to have an operation, so I missed two months of College and had to catch up. However, the support I received from my teachers was really good. They were always really lovely and understanding no matter what. The whole department was great, and Victoria Hussey, in particular, was there for me through thick and thin, and was always there to offer me emotional support.”

What made you choose to study at Brock?

“Just because of how good it was when I came here on the open day. Up until then I hadn’t even heard of my course… I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for, but I came here and I was like ‘wow’, plus the results are so good here.

Brock is so different compared to some of the other colleges I looked at. It was bigger, with a really nice atmosphere, and much more mature. I could have taken the easy option and gone to a college closer to home, or to the same places as my school friends. But I made the decision to step out of my comfort zone and I’m really glad I did. I don’t think I would have had the same experience anywhere else.”

What extra opportunities have you taken up while studying at Brock?

“I went to a nursery, a pre-school and a school for my work experience. All the settings were really good, and I received a lot of positive feedback. My mum fell ill which meant I needed a placement closer to home, and the College went the extra mile to help me organise that.”

What did you enjoy or find particularly inspiring about each of your subjects?

“I don’t think I could ever have comprehended beforehand how passionate I would become about my subject. It completely opened my eyes to what I could do in the future. I had no idea I could even get the tiniest step closer to fulfilling my ambitions, and now I have many opportunities to do so many things, especially with my good results and because my programme covered so many topics. My course has not only made me grow as a practitioner but also as a person.”

What are you planning to do next?

“I’m taking a gap year to do lots of work experience and help me decide which area I would prefer to go into. I’m going to do some voluntary work in hospitals, in play therapy, in teaching and maybe some work abroad for a little while. And then I’m going to go to university the following year, which I’ve just been accepted to this morning. I’m going to the University of Portsmouth to do Childhood Studies.”

What are your long-term career goals?

“I’m not too sure. I know I love working with children, so I just want to see where that will take me. I’m really interested in play therapy work… I really enjoyed the topic we did about children who have speech and language delays as well as any physical delays, and I’d really love to help them. My teacher Victoria is involved with a lot of charity work, so I spoke to her about that and where I can go with it.”