Ben Chapman proudly displays his grant certificate in the College’s industry-standard TV studio

A Stratford student has been awarded with a surprise grant of £1500 in recognition of his exceptional results.

Ben Chapman, 18, from Stratford-upon-Avon, studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production at the College since 2014.  He was predicted ‘Distinction Distinction Merit’ for his results and was over the moon when he discovered he ultimately achieved ‘Distinction Distinction Distinction’ – as its name suggests, the highest mark possible for his course!

Ben will now study for a BA(hons) in Media Production at Bournemouth University starting September 2016. Throughout the first year of his studies, he will receive the university’s Academic Excellence grant, which it awards to students with exceptional grades.

Ben couldn’t believe his eyes when he discovered he would be receiving the funding. “I just received an email out of the blue from the university saying that I was going to receive a grant because of my grades. I didn’t really know what was going on at first – I was shocked by it. I messaged my friend who’s going to go to Bournemouth with me. He said he was very jealous and didn’t know how I managed to do it. I had no idea I was going to get a grant like this!”

Ben knows he will have had a great start on his Bournemouth colleagues, having been able to take advantage of the facilities and teaching at Stratford College for the past two years.

“It was definitely the help of the teachers here that allowed me to do so well. My lecturers Lee and Shamaila were hugely supportive when I was writing my essays and overseeing my practical work. All my essays and projects were checked up on and reviewed as we progressed.  Our assignment briefs were always laid out really clearly so we knew exactly how we would achieve the best grades possible.”

Ben acknowledges the great advice on editing techniques he received from one of his teachers, a professional cameraman.  He discovered a particular passion for editing during the making of his final production, a comedy mockumentary on the subject of vaping, and intends to seek work as an editor when he completes his studies. “I found out I really enjoyed the process of editing. Putting all the footage together and seeing the final film come together is a great experience. We use a professional editing programme, Final cut Pro, at the College so that will be hugely beneficial in the future.”

Ben has clearly achieved a great deal so far and will undoubtedly have a highly successful career in the film industry.

For more information on any of Stratford-upon-Avon College’s courses, please visit or call the College on 01789 266245.

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