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Joanne Hedge T LEVEL

Hundred per cent pass-rate for York College’s first T level cohort

THE first students to study under the national T Level technical programme at York College have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

The cohort of 16 students led the way in the new two-year vocational course, which combines classroom-based learning with industry placements.

York College introduced the Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction T Level to its prospectus two years ago, and the first students received their results on Thursday, with every one of them successfully completing their course.

Deputy Chief Executive and Principal, Danny Brett, said:This fabulous set of T Level results are a testament to the commitment of our students, tutors, and support teams. They’ve all worked incredibly hard, throughout a period of unprecedented disruption.

“As a college we are proud to have supported this first cohort of T-Level students, which culminated in these incredible results, including a large proportion of distinction and distinction star grades.

“We see today as an excellent start to the College’s T Level journey, and we look forward to supporting further T Level students throughout their studies here at York College in the months and years to come, in a wider than ever range of T Level subjects.

“A huge well done to each of our graduating students, as a College, we could not be prouder of what you have achieved.”

Amongst those celebrating was Joanne Hedge, 27, who took the T Level route and achieved a distinction, after deciding on a change of career.

She said: “I used to be a florist and I had my own business but then Covid came along and disrupted all that.

“My dad worked in construction and he suggested I try quantity surveying. I wasn’t sure at first but then I said I would give it a go.

“I would recommend taking the T Level route into the construction industry. As well as the classroom learning, the work experience can open up so many pathways within the industry.

“I got my predicted results so I’m really happy and I’m now working with Jacobs Construction.”

Fellow T Level student Isabel Udall-James, from Sherburn in Elmet, achieved a distinction star and is now a degree apprentice with construction company Vinci.

She said: “I didn’t quite expect the distinction star – it was a shock.

“My T Level was a good learning experience and real eye-opener. There was a lot of studying but my favourite bit was being on work placement. I worked with Vinci on the Guildhall in York and that was an amazing experience.

“My T level was a great stepping-stone into the construction industry.”

Find out more about T Levels on our dedicated web page here