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Lakes College paving the way to university

Cameron Pickering, who studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and is going on to study Law at Liverpool University

On a day where the country’s eyes are on A Level results, Lakes College students are also celebrating their fantastic Level 3 achievements with high pass rates across their BTEC courses.

Many believe that you need A Levels to move on to a university education, but students at Lakes College certainly prove that is not the case with many students heading to universities across the country following their BTEC qualification.

A BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) is a further education and vocational qualification equivalent to A Levels – learners with this qualification have not just completed theory based assessment but demonstrated occupational and practical skills setting them up for their future careers in the workplace. BTEC qualifications act like A Levels and many equate to UCAS points enabling many Lakes College students passage to university and higher education, while others begin their working careers.

Connor Rourke with the college’s Employability and Careers Leader Rachel Melton who supported learners with their UCAS applications.

Connor Rourke’s face lit up as he opened the results for his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, he commented “I knew I had been accepted to my backup university from checking UCAS but now I have my results I can see I’ve got into my first choice to study nursing at De Montfort University!”

Emma Farrer with her three children receiving her business results

Emma Farrer was joined by three of her children to pick up the results for her Level 3 Technical Certificate in Business. “I had initially applied for a Level 2 course at the college and it was at my interview that my tutor said I was good enough to jump to Level 3. It was daunting at first being on a course with other learners who had come straight from school but I’ve enjoyed it all and going to miss everyone. College isn’t just for school leavers – it’s for everyone!”

Learners have been receiving their results for a range of subjects including nurse cadets, art, engineering, business, sport, computing and public services.

Chris Nattress Lakes College Principal commented “It’s been incredible to see so many amazing success stories for our Level 3 students collecting their results today. It’s clear that our learners have dedicated time, hard work and commitment to their studies, and their results reflect this. We would like to wish all of our students the best of luck for the future, and look forward to welcoming back a number of them in September for our university level higher education courses.”

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