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20th June 2017

The York College Progression Day presented a  fantastic opportunity for students to access information and advice about moving on.  With  a vast choice of sessions and stalls to attend, students found out about progressing to university or employment from visiting university representatives, local employers and College tutors. 

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Talks by representatives from 25 top universities, as well as sessions by College staff and an array of employer stands, allowed students to explore their educational and employment options. Sessions included; Choosing your university, Studying in Scotland, How to write a strong CV, Getting into Drama School, Careers in Banking, Getting into Oxbridge, How to perform well in interviews, Applying for Medicine and Dentistry, Student Finance and Funding, Apprenticeships and Engineering and Gap Year Volunteering Opportunities.

A Level student Fraya Copeland “ (formerly of Brayton High School) said: "I want to study medicine and it is quite daunting knowing how to select the best university. This event has made it easy to chat with the different university representatives and I feel less daunted by the prospect of finding the right course for me. I’ve also had discussions about the pros and cons of studying abroad, which has been useful."

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Lauren Munford (formerly of Huntington School) is interested in a career in the armed forces. She said: “It’s brilliant to have all three armed forces here today. I have spoken to each of the representatives and it’s fascinating to hear their experiences and useful to get their opinions.”

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Joseph Tallent (formerly of Garforth Academy) found Progression Day helpful, saying: “It has opened his eyes and given me some direction - I realise I need to broaden my horizons. I’m thinking of studying Law at university and having this day at College has made me make some decisions.”

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Amelia Rudeforth (formerly of Ebor Academy Filey) wanted to find out about Social Policy degree courses: “It’s not a widely offered course so being able to speak one to one with the different universities has been great. The Edinburgh University representative spoke about Social Policy with Law and Politics, which sounds ideal for me. Manchester Metropolitan University gave a good talk on Student Finance too. The event is making the transition from College to University much clearer.”

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Hayley McQueen, Head of Studies for A Levels at York College commented: “This is one of the most comprehensive progression events offered anywhere in the country. Students are able to access a wide range of information on all kinds of progression topics and benefit enormously from the information and ideas they pick up. Students can now feel confident when starting to make decisions about their next steps, providing them with ideas for the future as well as tips on how to make the most of own talents.”

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