Sister Act Success!


Sisters Stacey Bisson and Carla Kesterton prove that sibling support really is the key to success after graduating from Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) in Business Management.

Juggling their studies around a busy family life and work commitments the sisters prove that anything is possible with both graduating with a first class honours degree.

Stacey progressed on to her top-up degree after successfully completing her Higher National Diploma; she has since gained employment at HoW College as a Business Lecturer.

Speaking about her experience, Stacey said:

“Compared to Universities the classes are small so you really get to know your lecturers and the support they offer is amazing. The course price is less but that doesn’t mean the qualification is any different. It was hard work doing the degree alongside everything else but the expertise of lecturers and knowing what a difference it would make to my career pushed me on through the difficult parts.”

Sister, Carla, was apprehensive about re-entering education as a mature student. Spurred on by her family and lecturers support she is now looking to gain more experience in management and is keen to study her Master’s Degree in Business Management.
Commenting on her course, Carla said:

“I would highly recommend the HND and BA (Hons) Business Management as the knowledge and experience of the lecturers made learning enjoyable and shows how the theory applies to real life situations. The small class sizes mean that the teaching feels personal and relevant to everyone. I have now achieved a first class BA (Hons) in Business Management and it has already opened up opportunities for progression in my workplace.”

Bridgette Bennett, Coordinator of Higher Education Business Management, added:

“Our super siblings Stacey and Carla are an amazing double act.  Their achievements seem even more impressive, when we consider they ‘fast-tracked’ through these qualifications.  Both sisters completed their degrees in three years part-time, instead of the usual six years.  The sisters are truly amazing and testament to the fact that the College’s unique fast-track delivery method really works.”

For more information about studying Higher Education at Heart of Worcestershire College please visit our website:

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AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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