21st August 2015
Vocational students at York College achieved fantastic results in 2015. An impressive 329 students (57%) attained a Triple Distinction grade in their Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma qualification, of which 168 (29%) were D*D*D*, equivalent to 3 A*s at A Level. These include 93% Triple Distinctions in Dance, 87% in Performing Arts (Acting), 87% in IT Practitioners (Networking) and 83% in Travel & Tourism, to name but a few.
Jack Mead, formerly of Easingwold School, achieved D*D*D* on the Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma Level 3 and has secured a place at Loughborough University to study Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying. Jack said: “This course gave me an insight into all aspects of the industry - it was a perfect fit, from day one I loved it. York College has been good for me. The more mature environment allowed me to build my confidence and independence. My College tutors were very supportive and I felt comfortable applying to Loughborough University which is rated very highly by industry professionals. I feel very excited for the future.”
Natasha Murray, formerly of Woldgate College, achieved D*D*D* studying the 3D Design Crafts Extended Diploma Level 3, and is now progressing to University of Huddersfield to study Interior Design. She said: “The course was even better than I expected because of the great facilities and the opportunities I had to create interesting work. I loved studying 3D Design Crafts as we did lots of exciting projects and great workshops, York College is a fantastic place to explore new ideas and I found that the College allows students to be individuals. I really liked my tutors, they were friendly and extremely helpful. They offered a lot of advice and support when needed it. I think York College has prepared me for university.”
Mark Doyle, Assistant Principal for Vocational studies comments: “Almost 600 Vocational students gained the top grades in BTEC Level 3 courses in 2014/15. I am delighted to report that the proportion of students gaining an overall grade of DDD, or better, for their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification increased from 50% last year to 57% in 2014/15, of which 29% of students gained the very top grade of D*D*D*, an increase of 9% on the previous year. These results once again demonstrate that Vocational courses provide a real and valuable alternative to A Level study for young people, many of whom will progress to university or directly into employment. Congratulations to all of our students who completed Vocational courses in the last academic year.”