Louise Cox

Individual Regional Awards
South West

Louise became pregnant at the age of 14 and left school without qualifications. After the birth of her son, she started at The Meriton School in Bristol – a specialist baby and mother school – and gained GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, Art and Child Development, as well as a Level 1 BTEC in Travel and Tourism.

She continued her learning at City of Bath College, gaining a BTEC National Diploma in Business and Administration, and dreamt of becoming a social worker, but didn’t think it was achievable. In 2009, a careers adviser inspired her to change direction and she began a national diploma in health and social care, which she hopes to pass in 2011.

Louise is adding to her learning with a placement at a day centre where she works with adults with learning disabilities. Single parent Louise is also very independent and manages to combine her study with bringing up a young son and running a household successfully. “The whole of my education has made a difference in my life as it has given me a chance to achieve the best I can in what I can,” said Louise.