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Progress to Success

Our students have excelled in Vocational, A Level, Apprenticeship and Degree level qualifications.

These successes see our students progress into prestigious employment, top national and international universities and higher-level apprenticeships.

Amongst the hundreds of our students excited to embark on to the next stage of their educational journey/careers, are:


Studied Introduction to Professional Cookery Level 1, Professional Cookery Diploma Level 2 and Professional Cookery Diploma Level 3

"When I left College I started work at the 2 Michelin Star restaurant L'Enclume, in the Lake District, as a Commis Chef. I worked my way up to become Sous Chef. After 5 years I then went to work at the 1 Michelin Star restaurant Rogan and Co, also in the Lake District, as the Head Chef.

I won the young Cumbrian Chef of the Year Award and also reached the finals of the Roux Scholarship in 2018. I am now taking some time out as I'm looking to open my own restaurant."


Studied Extended Project Qualification and the Football Development Centre

"When I first started at College I spent a year on a Sport course and then a year doing A Levels, but these options didn't work out for me so I moved on to an Extended Project Qualification. I really enjoyed the course as it enabled me to study something I am passionate about whilst improving my essay writing ability, which will be important in the future. I was also able to study this alongside the Football Development Centre."

Milan left College in July 2019 after securing a sports scholarship in New York.


Studied Stonemasonry Apprenticeship Level 3

"My apprenticeship has helped me to gain experience that simply isn't possible in the classroom. Working closely with master crafts people and observing how things are done in practice is experience that you can't get in any other way and has helped develop my skill set. In the future I am hoping to stay on at York Minster and afterwards would like to go and work in Germany."

Emma studied Stonemasonry at Level 1 and Level 2 before securing a much sought after apprenticeship at York Minster.


Studied A Level English Literature, Psychology, Drama & Theatre Studies

"I really enjoyed my English Literature A Level, specifically the paper two texts. Overall the classroom environment and teaching made an already interesting subject an absolute pleasure. It encouraged me to follow through in my desire to study English at graduate level.

I took a gap year and am now reading English at Somerville College, Oxford, after which I will study a graduate course in Law before going on to become a Barrister."


Studied BA (Hons) 3D Design & Creative Practice

Henry has progressed from Art & Design courses at Level 1, 2 and 3 and is now in his final year of the BA (Hons) 3D Design & Creative Practice course and will be exhibiting at York Open Studios this year.

“I like to use mixed media and focus primarily on ceramics. I have a particular interest in ancient manufacturing techniques which favour sustainable methods, and often employ discarded items as tools for decoration. I have a diagnosis of autism which gives me an unusual vision of the world around me. From an early age I refused to conform to numerical concepts – and relied on my eyes to give a sense of aesthetic. Through my work, I question the traditional boundaries of historic styles and fashions, with the intention of prompting the viewer to say to themselves such things as 'what if?', 'why not?' or even 'that’s impossible'.”


Studied FD Digital Technologies with Cyber Security

"I’ve been studying at York College for the past 3 years and I do really enjoy the atmosphere of a college setting. I also give a lot of trust to my tutors who taught me in the past. The York College University Centre created a comfortable way to study for my degree, splitting groups into bite size pieces meaning there is more 1-to-1 time with the tutor, enabling me to gain feedback and support quicker than ever before.

Being part of Institute of Technology (IoT) gave York College the opportunity to invest in higher quality specialist devices and rooms to benefit individual learning. The cybersecurity lab for example enables students to safely gain practical experience in a safe environment using virtual machines."

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