Daniel Tucker - First Class HND in Web Development

27.07.2016

Dan Tucker achieved a First Class HND in Web Development and is returning to complete his degree in September. Congratulations Dan! We asked a few questions: 

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What areas in Computing are important?

I think computing in general has a massive impact on everyday life, for me as a web development student, programming would be considered the most important for me, including requirements analysis and system design.

What is the best thing about your course?

My course offered me so much, it is hard to pick out the best thing. I loved every moment of it, the lectures were very hands on enabling to give me the skills to program applications. The Implementation project was very helpful as I had to follow the software development process correctly, firstly gathering requirements to system design then to implementation, which is what most companies follow in the industry. 

What were your lecturers like?

The lecturers are fantastic and always there to help. No matter how much you bother them or emails you send, they will always reply as quick as they can and welcome you with open arms to give you the help you need. Every lecturer I have had has welcomed me and has explained something until I understand. Even to the point there were more than 20 emails sent between a group of us in one day and a phone call.

There was also an occasion when I struggled to decide what to choose for my 3rd year project. I nagged two lecturers for over a week, going back and forth to their offices as I just could not decide. Both of them always welcomed me in to chat and help me decide, not once did they turn me away. 

How did it feel being told you had a First Class HND?

As I would receive marks through the year, I roughly Knew I was on course to get a first class (distinction) in my HND, but to find out I had such high marks in my exam and some assignments, I just wanted to burst.

I felt proud and that all that hard work paid off and it makes me strive to want to get even better results again , keep up the hard work and be a better programmer. 

How did you do it? Any tips?

Hard work and dedication! Every spare little time I have to myself, even now in the summer I am sat at the computer making a start on my third year project. Yes you sacrifice a lot, perhaps not spending much time with your loved ones and friends but it is worth it. It is not easy, I've been through a few tough experiences in my life, but nothing has been as hard as this. There have been times I've wanted to throw in the towel and have burst into tears but if you stick to it and get over those challenges... you can achieve anything!

One more thing that makes a massive difference, I don't do it because I have to, it's because I WANT to. 

Why did you choose to study in Swansea?

I chose Swansea because I am from Swansea and convenience. 

Where next for you?

I will be returning in September to do the 3rd year to hopefully get my degree.