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Miki BurnettMiki Burnett is heading to Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, to study for a degree in music technology.

Students at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) are celebrating after gaining places at some of the country’s top universities.

The College offers a range of BTEC and NVQ vocational courses as an alternative to A-levels to give students the qualifications, skills and knowledge needed for work and access to higher education.

Each year hundreds of CONEL students go to university after completing courses in subjects as diverse as business and accounting, engineering, science, ICT and computing, health and social care, travel and tourism, media and music production, public services and teaching.

Students achieving distinctions (D) or merits (M) on Level 3 Extended courses often gain enough UCAS points to move on to higher education, including some top Russell Group universities.

CONEL also offers one-year Access to Higher Education Diploma courses at Advanced Level and apprenticeships as other routes into university.

Among the College’s top performing students were Xing Ye, 19, who achieved D*D*D* in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing, and Vasileios Horga, 20, who attained D*D*D on the same course.

Miki Burnett, 18, gained a D*D* in a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology to earn a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, to study for a degree in music technology.

He said: “Music is in my blood. I like how people react to it and how it can influence and change people’s lives. When you’ve found something you really want to do, you want to learn more.

“The College is a great place to work with fantastic equipment and studios. The course was much more in keeping with what I wanted to do than A-levels. It really put me on the right path.”

Shannon-Louise Geoghegan, 20, is heading to Falmouth University to study journalism and creative writing after attaining a MMM in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media.

She said: “Going to CONEL gave me the opportunity to learn new skills that will benefit me in the future. My teachers were easy to go to if I needed them, and it was also a lot of fun. I’m now really looking forward to university.”

Bhaveet Shah, 24, recently graduated with a first class degree in computer science from Brunel University after gaining a triple ‘distinction’ in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing at CONEL in 2012.

He said: “I had a great experience at CONEL. It really prepared me well for university. The tutors always push everyone to the best of their ability whatever you study. I’m now going to Queen Mary University of London to study for a master’s degree in software engineering.”

For those completing A-levels and equivalent vocational courses, CONEL offers several Higher National Diploma and Higher National Certificate courses and degree level study in some subject areas.

Principal Andy Forbes said: “I would like to congratulate all our students who have successfully achieved their NNQ and BTEC Advanced Level courses, and wish those who are moving on to university every success in their future studies.

“Vocational courses are a great alternative to A-levels. At CONEL we have a fantastic range of courses to choose from to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to fulfil your potential in work and education.”

Call 020 8442 3055 to find out more about BTEC and NVQ courses, apprenticeships and other courses at CONEL.

 

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