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Matthew Mitchell
Matthew Mitchell

Our students once again are celebrating outstanding success after achieving top, triple Distinction star grades (D*D*D*) in their vocational studies. Not only has this secured them places at their first choice universities but also gives them the same UCAS tariff points as those achieving A* grades at A level.

Matthew Mitchell is just one of the many students celebrating. Matthew studied level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Graphic Design and says, "I have had such an amazing experience at St Helens College, from working on a live brief for the NHS to achieving D*D*D* in my exams. The tutors are fantastic at supporting you and motivating you through your studies and I really couldn't have developed academically and personally without them. Achieving top marks has meant I've gained a place at University of Salford, studying BA (Hons) Graphic Design."

Caitlin Cafferky
Caitlin Cafferky

High flying photography student, Caitlin Cafferky, is excited to be joining the reputable Leeds College of Art in September to study BA (Hons) Photography and says, “I have really enjoyed my course at St Helens College. With having a passion for photography from a young age, I have found the mixture of practical learning and theory, coupled with detailed study of both traditional and digital photography techniques fascinating. The tutors on the course are fabulous and have all worked in the industry, so they really understand what it’s like to work on a range of photography shoots and provide the support and inspiration needed to work at the highest level. Achieving D*D*D* has enabled me to accept an offer at my first choice university.”

Alex Hindley
Alex Hindley

Alex Hindley dreams of becoming Head Zookeeper now that he has completed his level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management and says, “I have had a fantastic experience at St Helens College, where I have been fortunate enough to be taught by some incredible tutors, who are so passionate about their subject. The facilities at St Helens College are amazing too. I was able to work with a huge range of species native to countries from all around the world, in both the indoor and outdoor animal units and go on some really insightful trips. Now that I have achieved D*D*D*, I am now working at Blackpool Zoo as a Seasonal Education Officer and I have secured a place at University of Chester to study a degree in Zoo Management.”

Vocational courses are very practical and allow students to focus on one specific subject or area, full time, and are great for those who know which career they would like to pursue. They also provide a gateway to university, as well as progression on to apprenticeships and into employment. St Helens College offers a broad range of Extended Diploma and general vocational courses in a variety of subjects including, Sports, Dental Nursing, Public Services, Creative Arts, Computing and Engineering. Vocational courses have proven success in providing students with a pathway on to university and into course-related careers. St Helens College’s A Level Academy is also looking forward to reporting more success this week.

Georga Dawson
Georgia Dawson

Aspiring Paramedic, Georgia Dawson, has also achieved D*D*D* on her level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care and says, “The best part of my course was having the opportunity to complete work placements with the North West Ambulance Service, working alongside paramedics out in the field, experiencing the type of work that they do every day. I was also able to complete basic first aid training, which boosted my CV and university application. I honestly believe that these amazing opportunities and the fantastic support from the tutors have prepared me for the next stage of my learning so that I can work towards becoming a Paramedic. I have now accepted an offer to study DipHE Paramedic Practice at Edge Hill University.”

Adele Tate
Adele Tate

Adele Tate studied level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services and has accepted an offer to study BSc (Hons) Policing Studies and Forensics at Liverpool John Moores University. She says, “The biggest achievements while at St Helens College was achieving D*D*D* in my studies and reaching level 9.1 on my bleep test, as the minimum requirement to join the Police Force is 5.4! "Before studying public services, I wasn’t sure what career I wanted or even if university would be the right fit for me, but it has really helped me to improve my confidence, teamwork skills and leadership skills. In my spare time I am the High Sheriff of Merseyside’s Police Cadet, assisting him with ceremonial duties and building my work experience as I hope to join the Special Constables while I am at university."

St Helens College Principal, Dr Jette Burford, said, "Unrelenting hard work and effort from St Helens College students and staff has culminated in another set of fantastic vocational results. We are delighted that our students now have the opportunity to study for a degree and have increased their employment prospects in a competitive jobs market. Vocational qualifications provide students with the skills necessary for a successful future as they combine practical work, skills development with theoretical knowledge."

This comes as an additional celebration with St Helens College being recognised by the Department for Education League Tables as the best General Further Education College within the Merseyside region for average point score in Applied General and Tech Level subjects for 16-18 year olds.

The below courses achieved an impressive 100% rate: 

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism

St Helens College is still accepting applications for September 2017 entry and is encouraging young people to attend upcoming enrolment. For more information and to apply, please visit www.sthelens.ac.uk/enrolment2017. Alternatively, call 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..