University first class degree delight for Bath mother
As a teenager, Alison Guerin found school a struggle and managed to fail her English O-level twice.
But the mother of two, who lives at Bathwick Hill in Bath, went back to college in her late 40s and has now graduated from university with a first class degree.
Mrs Guerin, who is now 52, has completed a BA history course at Bath Spa University with top marks.
She said: "I was thrilled with a first. I thought it was an achievement just getting a place at university, but to come away with a first was great.
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"I wanted to prove that I could make it to university and be a success – and I have."
Mrs Guerin enrolled on the Access to Higher Education course at the City of Bath College four years ago after becoming disillusioned with the series of part-time jobs she had taken on after leaving school.
Her talent was spotted when she had an essay on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi published in the college English and media centre's e-magazine.
She said: "The course at the college was so important in helping me get where I am today.
"The teachers are wonderful and they gave me so much self-belief."
Mrs Guerin is now planning to take a year out before possibly tackling a masters degree.