Students from Waltham Forest College are proving that academic A Levels are not the only route to university and achieving their dreams.
Excited about their bright futures, scores of young people attended the College today in their numbers to collect their results after much anticipation. Many students secured top university places, proving that A Levels are not the only route to progress onto higher levels of study.
Equipped with a triple star distinction (D*D*D*) in Public Services Level 3, Moinul Islam, will be moving on to Coventry University where he will be studying Criminology and Psychology to become a police officer.
Poppy Palmer, 18, believes her triple star distinction in Business Level 3 is a further steppingstone in her dream to becoming a primary school teacher. She feels her teachers and support staff members played a major role in her success as a student at the College.
She said: “I have enjoyed my time at college and am grateful for the time and effort my teachers have put in to support me. I am really happy to have achieved triple distinction star grades and am very excited to progress further to university. I can’t wait to see what I will achieve in the future.”
Star student, Marini Tsako, achieved top marks in his BTEC Level 3 in Information Technology. He has now secured a place at Greenwich University to study Computing to become a software developer.
He said: “It’s an amazing feeling having received my grades today. I always say you either go the whole way or you don’t at all, so I’ve worked really hard and it’s paid off. This start has been really good and I’m looking forward to better things to come when I go to university.”
BTEC qualifications are vocational and work-related courses that open opportunities to secure employment.
Principal & CEO, Janet Gardner said: “Our vision is to inspire learners to create their future and these students have great futures with many going onto top universities and others entering highly skilled and well-paid employment in a variety of sectors.
“Waltham Forest College offers a broad range of programmes from entry level skills for working life through to specialist higher level vocational and technical qualifications at level 3+ (with UCAS points equivalent to A levels), and technical apprenticeships. We work in close partnership with employers and universities to ensure our students have an exceptional learning experience with the skills needed to progress into great careers.”
The College has a wide range of vocational and technical courses and apprenticeship routes for GSCE students awaiting results. Enrolment begins on Thursday 12th August for those receiving results or who have been given an offer at the College. Open enrolment for all others including adults will commence from Monday 16th August. Visit the College website www.waltham.ac.uk for more information.