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8th June 2016

The York College annual VQ Student of the Year Awards, held in the College atrium, recognised individual students for their high achievement, motivation and hard work on a wide range of vocational courses during the 2015/16 academic year.


The award winning students were presented with a VQ Student of the Year certificate and prize by guest of honour Bob Watson MBE, retired teacher and Director of the Sobriety Project in Goole.

Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College said: “Our Vocational awards evening is a very special occasion when we celebrate the success of our remarkable vocational students. Vocational qualifications are extremely important locally and nationally and provide students with the necessary skills and qualifications they need to succeed in the future. Many hundreds of our students also progress onto higher levels of education and training and continue to study either with us or at university. 

“At York College we offer over eighty full-time vocational programmes and our results are in the top 13% nationally for 16-18 year olds for Further Education Colleges. Large numbers of our past vocational students are now extremely successful – whether as actors working with the BBC and major theatre companies, or as chefs, artists or designers, IT coders or in software development, or working with key construction and engineering firms, or in a wide variety of other careers. I congratulate all our Vocational students on their achievements and wish them the very best in their future careers. We are very proud of them and what they have achieved during their time with us.”

List of VQ Student of the Year winners:

Art, Design & Crafts                                      

Alice Garbutt - Art & Design Diploma Level 2 

Beth Harley - Graphic Design Extended Diploma Level 3

Kate Buckley - Art & Design Foundation Diploma Post Level 3

Business & Professional Studies

Emily Dobson - Business & Administration - Level 2

Samita Rai - AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

Lydia Pennock - Business - Level 3

Child Studies

Sharron Marshall - Early Years Workforce – CACHE Level 3

Georgina Mizen - Introduction to Early Years Education and Care – CACHE Level 2

Amy Dawson - Childcare and Education - CACHE Level 3


Charlie Young - Bricklaying – Level 2

Harry Carrick - Site Carpentry – Level 3

Kara Horsman - Carpentry & Joinery – Level 1

Engineering & Motor Vehicle

Chris Markham - Motor Vehicle – Work Based Learner

Kerry Humble - Electrical/Electronic Engineering – Extended Diploma Level 3

James Piercy - Manufacturing Engineering – Extended Diploma Level 3

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

Shannon Greaves - Hairdressing - VRQ Level 3

Chloe Shorter - Hairdressing – Work Based Learner

Evita Rumsey - Beauty Therapy - VRQ Level 2

Health and Social Care

Bethanie Tuff - Health & Social Care - Extended Diploma Level 3

Lara Boulton - Health & Social Care - Diploma Level 2

Lauren Nicholls - Health and Social Care - Subsidiary Diploma Level 3

Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

Luke Mulholland - Professional Cookery – Work Based Learner

Kevin Pratt - Professional Cookery – Level 3

Lauren Blackburn - Travel and Tourism – Level 3

IT and Computing

Kieran Broadley - IT Users - Diploma Level 1

Daniel Robinson - IT Extended - Diploma Level 3

Media and Performance

Emily Fox Media – Extended Diploma Level 3

Joshua Eldridge-Smith - Musical Theatre – Extended Diploma Level 3

Nathan Puttock - Production Arts – Extended Diploma Level 3


Anthony Smith - Laboratory Technician - Work Based Learner

Robbyn Walker - Applied Science - Extended Diploma (Year 1)

Jess Yang - Applied Science - Extended Diploma (Year 2)

Sport and Public Services

Ben Copeland - Sport – Extended Diploma Level 3

Alicia Stephenson - Public Services – Extended Diploma Level 3

Charlie Murphy - Sports Science – Extended Diploma Level 3

General Education

Stephanie Malone - Skills for Employment, Training & Personal Development - Level 3

York College Governors’ Award for Outstanding Contribution

Layla Everard - Nursing & Midwifery – Access Level 3

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