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Sociology Graduate Poised To Become Probation Officer

Tracy Haynes graduated with a 2:1 in BA (Hons) Sociology at UCP

Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Sociology from University Centre Peterborough, Tracy Haynes has recently finished her Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) Assessment, poising herself to commence her training on the path to becoming a Probation Officer.

The completion of the PQiP Assessment shows Tracy's readiness to begin the next phase of her career—training to become a Probation Officer.

This role is renowned for making a positive impact on individuals and communities, and Tracy's background in sociology positions her well to understand and navigate the complexities of the field.

Tracy's return to academia began as an Access to HE student at Peterborough College. Notably, both Peterborough College and University Centre Peterborough are part of Inspire Education Group (IEG).

“At first, I was reluctant to go back into studying and found it daunting to be among the younger generation, but Peterborough College and UCP were far from daunting. As a mature student, I was made to feel comfortable straight away and the environment was very inclusive."

Tracy was complimentary of her tutors and peers, saying, “My tutors were excellent and very supportive… I cannot fault them! The younger generation was so welcoming and I made a fantastic group of friends while studying there. We became like a close-knit family and everything felt so natural.

Tracy mentioned that she first heard about University Centre Peterborough and the Sociology course through her College tutors. “The university was right on my doorstep and the course was only two days a week, meaning I was able to continue working full-time. It was a no-brainer for me. Some of my classmates from College studied alongside me too!

"I chose to study Sociology because I knew that in a social services career, I would be meeting people from all walks of life so understanding people’s backgrounds will help me excel in my new role. I learned a lot about why people behave the way they do and why they choose certain paths in their lives.”

UCP was recognised amongst the top UK universities after being accredited with Silver status by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Tracy said the Sociology course helped her narrow down and work towards her career aspirations. “I decided I wanted to become a Probation Officer. The modules I studied certainly came in handy when I went on to pass my PQIP assessment and I felt that the course gave me the right tools to succeed. It is an eye-opening course and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to work in the social services sector.”

When asked about any advice she would give to anyone looking to further their studies with Inspire Education Group, Tracy said, “Make the jump and get out of your comfort zone. Don’t be nervous about studying later in life - the support network they have is brilliant at College and the University Centre. The environment they have is inclusive, particularly because all of you are on the same journey, working together to achieve the same goals. I feel that I have changed as a person - I am more confident in myself and I'm a go-getter who enjoys pushing my limits. I made some great friendships of all ages during my studies - we’re all still connected and regularly keep in touch,” she added.

“I highly recommend studying at University Centre Peterborough and I will continue to advocate this to people around me. I am grateful towards UCP and Peterborough College, who have helped me on my learning journey and I hope more people find out about the excellent facilities on offer!”

Tracy's progression from an Access to HE student to a BA (Hons) graduate and now a prospective Probation Officer exemplifies the opportunities for advancement and personal development available through Inspire Education Group. We are immensely proud of Tracy's achievements and her commitment to continuous learning. Her journey underscores the value of our diverse educational pathways and the real-world impact our graduates can make.

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