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20th September 2018

York College is delighted to report wonderful Vocational results again this year, with nearly two thirds of students who studied Level 3 courses achieving Triple Distinctions, of which over one third achieved the very highest grade of Triple Distinction* (equivalent to three A*s at A Level).

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An amazing 100% of students attained Triple Distinction grades in IT (Networking and Systems Support), including 40% of students who achieved Triple Distinction* grades. More than 50% of students achieved Triple Distinction* grades in Business, Manufacturing Engineering and Dance, and in Performing Arts 19 students attained Triple Distinction * grades.

Amongst hundreds of successful York College students who are now able to progress onto the next stage of their careers are:

Oliver Roy Cockerill, previously of Pocklington School, who gained Triple Distinction*s in Manufacturing Engineering. Oliver fought off hundreds of applicants and went through a gruelling selection process to secure an Apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering with Rolls Royce in Derby.

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 Adam Shay, previously of Harrogate Grammar School, studied IT, achieving Triple Distinction*s. Adam is progressing to Northumbria University to study Computer Science where he had an unconditional offer and has been offered a scholarship. He says: “A highlight of my College course was being taught how to assemble my own computer. It was a good experience, I met lots of new friends and learnt new IT skills. The tutors helped me to continue to achieve high grades which gave me the opportunity to go to university.”

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Matilda Everitt, previously of King James School in Knaresborough, studied Sport and Exercise Science, achieving Triple Distinction*s. Matilda is progressing to York St John University to study the subject at degree level and aims to become a Sports Therapist. Having always had a passion for sport she says: “On my College course I learnt about different aspects of sport and exercise, enabling me to apply knowledge to sports performance. The College environment and teaching styles helped to prepare me for university.”

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Brannoc Selby, previously of Fulford School, studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering, achieving Triple Distinction*s. During his final year at York College Brannoc was employed as an Electronic Engineer by Paragon Creative in Elvington and the company is sponsoring him through a degree with the Open University, enabling Brannoc to work and gain practical experience whilst studying.

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Janine Brown, previously of The Danesgate Community, studied Applied Science, gaining Triple Distinction*s grades. Janine is progressing to Lancaster University to study Biological Sciences. She says: “I really enjoyed the practical modules within my college course and at university I will be studying lots of different aspects of biology. I would like to specialise in one particular area at post-graduate level and eventually become a Research Scientist.”

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Other student successes include Dance student Jessica Arnold, previously of Scalby School who achieved Triple Distinction*s. She says: “The tutors have great industry experience and are really good at guiding students, helping them discover the different career paths within dance. I am going to Bird College in London and hopes to achieve a Masters in Dance." Jessica hopes to be a professional dancer and choreographer.

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Oliver Steward, previously of Selby High School, studied Business, achieving Triple Distinction*s. Oliver is one of three candidates from across the country who has secured a CIM degree apprenticeship with Nestle, at Sheffield University.


Adele Rolf, previously of Huntington School, studied Music, achieving D*DD. Adele is progressing to the University of West London to study Music Performance and Recording.
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IT student Luke Fawcett, York College Vocational Student of the Year 2018, previously of Manor CE Academy, progressed through Levels 1 and 2 and achieved Triple Distinction*s at Level 3 within the College’s Digital Technologies department. Luke continues to progress at York College, embarking on a degree in Graphic Arts this September.

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Kerensa Murray, previously of All Saints RC School, gained a Distinction grade for the Post Level 3 Art Foundation Diploma. Karensa is delighted to be progress to Central Saint Martins in London to study Fine Art.

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Toni Lough, previously of Selby High School, achieved an A* in Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare & Education (Early Years Education). Toni is looking forward to studying Primary Education at Sheffield Hallam University and wants to be a primary school teacher. And Millie Bills, previously of The Mount School, achieved a B grade for Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). Millie is going to be a Norland Nanny at Norland College in Bath.

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College Principal Alison Birkinshaw says: “I am absolutely delighted with our vocational results this year. Two thirds of our students studying these demanding technical and professional qualifications have achieved triple Distinctions, with a significant proportion of these gaining the very highest triple Distinction*s. This is such good news, and means that these students can hold their own when they move on to university or employment, and have confidence that they have the ability to match the very best across the country. We all know that we need well trained and educated professionals in our businesses and I am so pleased that York College students will provide the backbone of the country’s prosperity. I would like to congratulate them all, and thank and pay tribute to their tutors at the College, their families, and our local businesses which have provided valuable placements. The success of our students is down to the partnership and support that they have received, and their own hard work.’

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