The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London has a strong message about qualifications; A Levels are not your only option for progressing your career, come to the College to study for a BTEC vocational qualification instead. Around 500 of the College's students progress to top universities each year having achieved BTEC Level 3 success.
By achieving distinctions and merits students gain enough UCAS points to study for degrees at top Russell Group universities. In ICT and Computing, Burak Gunerhanal, achieved two starred distinctions and one distinction, D*D*D, which has enabled him to progress to University of Westminister to study Computer Science.
David Morris achieved two Distinctions and a Merit and he has decided to take a gap year this year and go to university next year. David started at the College on a Level 1 Science course and worked his way up to the Level 3 Extended Diploma. David said: "I want to work for a year to save some money to help with the costs of studying at uni. I'm considering Portsmouth or Nottingham Trent to study Computer Science."
Ositadimma Obi completed his Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma and is now on his way to Coventry University to study Biological and Chemical Science. Osi says: "My favourite part of the course was the group work carrying out experiments in the lab and the group presentations."
Science students Sahel Najim and Adaize De Silva are both going to Westminster to study Biomedical Science. Sahel achieved Distinction, Merit, Merit and A* in GCSE Maths. Adaize achieved Merit, Merit, Distinction and a B in her GCSE Maths. Adaize said: "My dream is to get a good Biomedical Science degree and then apply for dentistry."
The College also offers one year Access to Higher Education courses for adults where learners are just as successful in getting places at top universities. Charlie Baker who studied Access to IT achieved Distinctions in all twenty of his course modules. He is now on his way to King's College, University of London to take up his computing degree. Charlie lives in Essex and had a long commute to College but he really felt it was worth it. Charlie said: "I want to become a software engineer but no other College seems to offer such an excellent Access course. The course gave me just what I need to get to King's and I've got nothing but praise for the College and its teachers."
Dona Mannaperuma also achieved Access success with the College. She completed her Access to Science diploma three years ago, she has just graduated with First Class Honours in Biomedical Science from London Met and is going to start a PhD there in September. Dona said: "In my PhD, I will be working with my professor on aspects of prostate cancer. The Access course was brilliant in preparing me for my first year at university."
Jane O'Neill, Interim Principal and Chief Executive said of the students' success: "The whole College takes immense pride in the success of our students. I hope others realise that A Levels are not the only route to university and career success. In fact for many people vocational qualifications such as those offered by the College are a much better option."