Staff and students at Stoke on Trent College are celebrating a record year, as highest achiever numbers continue to increase!
A total of 201 students have successfully completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma, which is the equivalent of 3 A –Levels, with more than half of all learners achieving higher level grades (at least one Distinction, equivalent to an A at A-Level).
Furthermore, around 1 in 3 students achieved triple Distinction or higher, including 28 outstanding learners attaining the highest grade achievable – triple Distinction* grades (the equivalent of 3 A*s at A-Level), increasing year on year!
An impressive 16 subject areas at the College have also experienced a 100 percent student achievement rate in Level 3 Extended Diplomas. This was in subjects such as Applied Science, Travel and Tourism, Health and Social Care, Sports Coaching and Production Arts. They join the success of Art and Design, Interactive Media, Business, Sport Development and Fitness, Creative Media TV and Film, who have all maintained a 100 percent achievement rate for the fourth year running.
The students will now go on to Higher Education or into employment.
Nineteen-year-old Megan Heath, who studied Health and Social care at Stoke on Trent College, is amongst students who has been awarded a place at her first choice university. She will study BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy at Derby University from September.
Megan said: “The fact that my health and social care course was taught by nurses helped me a lot more and kept me engaged. They were able to go into detail about areas of their expertise which was really helpful. It has really set me up for a fantastic start at University.
I chose Derby University because it is close to home and I can commute. Not only will it be more cost effective than living away from home, I can also keep my weekend job which is good. It is a lovely University and I am excited to start the next part of my career!”
Eighteen-year-old Jessica Burley, who studied Travel and Tourism, has also been awarded a place at her first choice university. She will study International Tourism Management at Plymouth University.
Jess said: “Throughout the course we did a lot of group learning activities which made the course more fun and interesting. As a class, in March this year, we had to organise a residential trip. We all decided to go to Prague for 4 days which was very enjoyable and a good cultural experience.”
The academic year has also seen the college win a record number of awards regional and national competitions in a number of disciplines, including hair and beauty, games development, photography, construction and painting and decorating.
Amongst the winners was Adult learner Kelly Deakes, 23, who was crowned UK champion in Advanced Nail art during her time at Stoke on Trent College.
The former Thistley Hough Academy student, won the UK title for Advanced Nail Art at the Worldskills UK competition with her 3D Wonders of the World themed nail art, which was inspired by the adventure novel “Around the World in 80 days. Her impressive design included Big Ben, Christ the Redeemer, wildlife, Sydney Opera House, gondola, London Eye and Chinese lantern – all made out of acrylic.
Kelly said: “Doing the competition has given me lots of confidence. I was very shy at the start of the course and I could never imagine ever doing a competition, so this was a big step.
“Winning this competition is the first thing I have won in my life. I can’t thank the college enough”.
On completion of her studies Kelly said: “I joined Stoke on Trent College after a bad experience at another college doing hairdressing. I got so much more support here, especially with my reading and understanding theory.
“I’ve gained lots of industry skills, built up my confidence and achieved things that I thought I never would. I now want to run my own business to include hair, make-up and nails!”
Sarah Robinson, Chief Executive of Stoke on Trent College, said: “We are delighted to see another rise in our results and achievements of our students.
“They have worked incredibly hard and I’m confident many of them will go onto even greater achievements in the future, using the skills and experiences they have had with us at Stoke on Trent College.
“We are thrilled to see so many of our learners across a wide-range of subjects being accepted to their first choice university. It puts Stoke on Trent College on the map as a recognised leading educator in several key subjects.
“Our continued partnership with leading local employers is also proving successful in helping young people attain high achievement; thanks to the industry tuition they receive and our focus on providing them with real skills for the future.
Our record results on our radio course for example, which we run in collaboration with Signal Radio, are testament to the power and impact of these partnerships. The results reflect that our learners are leading the way nationally thanks to these enterprises.
We would like wish all our students the very best of luck with all their future endeavours.”
At 17, Stoke on Trent college student Lucas Yeomans has become the youngest DJ on Signal Radio after being talent-spotted while doing work experience at the station. Meanwhile Jack Richardson from Rugeley has been accepted as a BBC Apprentice – one of only 20 placements nationwide.
Eighteen-year-old Alex Lister studied an extended diploma in IT (Animation and Games). The former Clayton Hall Business and Language College student has already secured a position with of the City’s leading engineering companies as a senior developer. They will also fund him through University.
Alex said: “The course has certainly given me the skills I needed to use programming language, such as C#, which is a great foundation for the role I will be doing.
“Having the ability to produce software and a sound understanding of the industry, thanks to my time at college, has also given me confidence.
“I went to the Engineering Company to do work experience and I’m pleased to be joining them. I will be studying at Staffordshire University thanks to their support.
“When choosing my next steps I did find there was an engineering course closer to home, but I came to Stoke on Trent College because the course content was better and had a lot more to it.”
Stoke on Trent College has already received numerous applications from young people to enrol on full-time courses starting at the College’s Burslem and Cauldon campuses in September, with more coming in weekly. Courses in engineering, games and broadcast media, public services, basic plumbing, beauty therapy and electrical installation proving the most popular options.
Stoke on Trent College’s Institute of Sports Performance is new for the 2016/17 academic year, available to every student in the college, not just sports students, and is based within the fantastic sports facilities at the college which includes:
- Sports Therapy Rooming
- Sports Science Laboratory
- Fitness Suite with resistance, free weight and strength and conditioning areas
- Full size sports hall x 2
- Dedicated sports teaching facilities
Mark Whittaker, Director of Marketing and Admissions at Stoke on Trent College, said: “We are thrilled with the number of applications we have received from those wishing to join us in September and the volume of applications we are still receiving.
“From September, our new Institute of Sports Performance will be a core part of the college’s new commitment to being one of the top sports institutions within the region. We will be working with partners such as Staffordshire Universities TEAMSTAFFS Elite programme along with other key commercial partners.
“The IOSP has been established to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be a success in their sport and is open to everyone at the college. We have students from far and wide, not just Staffordshire and Cheshire, to experience the new facilities.
“Our record number of regional and national competition winners, who have competed up and down the country and in various subject areas, has certainly appealed to young people.
“The variety of courses on offer and additional student support available to our learners seems to have also been a decision making factor for many of the students due to join us in September.”
The college has also experienced a surge in applications from adults wanting to join the Access to Higher Education courses offered by the college and starting in September. The courses, available in Science, Health, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business and Law offer those aged over 19 years the opportunity to gain the skills needed to study at university level.