Students at Sunderland College yesterday celebrated their outstanding achievements, as part of a national results day dedicated to vocational qualifications.
The students, who studied a wide range of vocational qualifications in areas such as the creative arts, business, applied science, computing, health and engineering, were invited to the college’s Arts Academy to receive their results and celebrate together.
Individual student achievements include 19-year-old Chloe Tumilty from Sunderland who gained a triple distinction (DDD) in Level 3 BTEC National Foundation Diploma Engineering.
Chloe was recently announced as the Bronze Award winner by Pearson for the national BTEC Engineering Student of the Year.
She said: “It felt really surreal to see my results. I’m so proud of myself and it just goes to show that if you try your hardest at something, it’s achievable.
“The best thing about studying my BTEC was that it’s hands-on and provided great experience for a career in the industry.”
Chloe, who was originally the only female in her engineering class and is an advocate for inspiring women into engineering, will be heading to Lincoln University to study electrical engineering.
19-year-old Jack Miller, also from Sunderland, studied A-Levels for a year, before deciding to transfer to BTEC Applied Science.
He gained triple distinction (DDD). He said: “I’m really pleased with my results. A vocational qualification definitely suited me.
“The support of the staff at college has been brilliant and the experience I have gained in pharmacy throughout my course has been invaluable.”
Jack had four unconditional offers for university and has decided to study biomedical science at Northumbria University.
These results mark the end of a successful academic year for the college as last month it was awarded the prestigious BTEC College of the Year by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding body.
Judith Quinn, Interim Deputy Principal for Curriculum at Sunderland College, said: “We are delighted to be raising the profile of these vital career-focused qualifications and celebrating the fantastic achievements of those students who have completed a vocational qualification.
“The high quality of our teaching ensures that students develop careers focused skills, knowledge and behaviours and progress to a positive destination.”
Vocational qualifications such as BTECs are specialist work-related qualifications available in a range of sectors such as business, engineering, health and applied science.
They provide students with the skills, practical understanding and knowledge to prepare students for further study, training and employment.
Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeship, said: “Today’s record results are testament to the extraordinary hard work and dedication of students across the UK.
“BTECs offer a unique blend of academic and vocational learning that students and employers value highly. I wish all of today’s BTEC graduates luck in their chosen profession or university career.”
For more information about Sunderland College, visit the next open event, ring 0191 511 6000 or go to www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk