This year’s GCSE results at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London are outstanding. The College had a 92% pass rate for GCSE English, with almost 75% achieving grades A – C. In GCSE maths the pass rate was 100% with almost 50% of students achieving an A – C grade. Interestingly, many of the College’s learners have already taken and failed their GCSE maths and English while at school. Yet, at College the same learners achieve success due to the teaching and expertise of College staff who are able to successfully engage and motivate their students.

But it’s not only GCSE results the College is celebrating today.  The majority of College students are celebrating the results of their vocational qualifications.

Vocational qualifications such as BTEC and NVQs are an alternative route to Higher Education or work, and offer a more practical and less academic learning experience focused more on the skills needed for work.

Thousands of students qualify with the College each year, gaining places at some of the best universities in the country.

Kane Walker, 19, was celebrating today as he received an A grade for his maths GCSE and a triple Distinction, DDD, for his Business BTEC Diploma Level 3. Kane, who was based at the College’s Tottenham Centre, is going onto study for his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Mandarin at Middlesex University and has also set up a marketing business with his father based in Haringey Town Hall. He said: “I’m really happy with my results and glad the hard work paid off. I chose to do a BTEC as it teaches you practical skills which are what employers want. And I decided to get my GCSE maths as I know it’ll come in handy in the future. “

Kane plans to spend his final year at university in China, where he intends to use his business and Mandarin skills.

Also enrolling at university in September are Paige Mazeli and Moji Onafuye who joined the College two years ago to study for their Art and Design BTEC. After receiving top grades they will be attending The London School of Fashion to study Make-Up and Styling.

Also attending one of the UK’s most respected universities is Daniel Nicholson Porter, 19, who will be enrolling at Regents College London in September to study Acting. He said: “I knew the Performing Arts course at the College had a great reputation, but I had no idea how much I’d benefit. I’ve played some challenging roles, met some amazing people and I’m definitely leaving feeling ready for my next step at university.”

Jasmeen James, who also studied for her Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, received a double distinction, DD. Despite being only 17 she has received a place at the competitive Mountview Drama Academy, which will be held for her until she is 18.

While Hani Gue, who joined the College in 2009 and progressed on to his Public Services BTEC National Diploma,  passed with a triple Distinction and is now enrolled at Middlesex University where he is doing a BA (Hons) in Criminology with Sociology.

And Ana Sanchez Velez also received a Distinction for his ICT BTEC and will be enrolling at Kings University in September.

Over at the College’s Enfield Centre, student, Rebecca Vant received a triple distinction, DDD, on her Health and Social Care BTEC Diploma Level 3, which is the highest score possible and is going to study Adult Nursing at the University of Swansea in the autumn. She said: “I was ecstatic when I received my results as I found it quite difficult at the start, but once I settled in, it went really well. I’d tried A Levels before but they weren’t for me so I’m really happy the BTEC was more suited to my learning style.”

Also over at Enfield, Karl Cross who studied for his Art and Design BTEC Diploma Level 3, received 12 distinctions and 1 merit, with a double distinction, DD as his final grade. He is also off to university in September to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film.

As well as going onto higher education many of our students leave with the skills to go straight in to work.

Kojo Hurley-Holder, 19, recently gained a six year contract with Mulalley Construction after he was recommended by the College, and Joe Safe recently gained a Distinction for his ICT BTEC and has gained employment at the College.

More people are choosing to study vocational qualifications each year with more than half a million BTECs awarded this year alone*. Schools are also offering students the option to study vocational qualifications at the College, such as Northumberland Park School in Haringey.

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy students from the school received results for their Certificate in Salon Services earlier this month and were delighted as the class received a 100% pass rate, which is great achievement and will allow them to progress onto a BTEC Certificate in September.

Vice Principal for Curriculum and Learning Experience, Jane O’Neill, said: “My congratulations go out to all the students who have successfully completed their qualifications this year. We are extremely proud of our students and their achievements and are looking forward to welcoming new students in September.  Staff too are congratulated on their hard work in helping our students to achieve.

The College offers vocational qualifications in 15 subjects areas from Entry Level, for those without previous qualifications, to Level 3 which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The College also offers a range of higher education course ranging from Level 4 to 6 courses in partnership with Middlesex and Birkbeck, London University.

*Data from Pearson

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