23rd August 2018
Across the College hundreds of students, of all ages, are celebrating considerable success and progression having re-taken their GCSE Maths and English exams, as well as a smaller number of students who have studied GCSE Biology.
Amongst the many successful students is builder Linden Clark (aged 33 from Selby) who admits he has the learning bug! Linden achieved impressive Grade 7 grades in both Maths and Biology. Delighted with his results, he explains: “I was looking at my old GCSE grades and felt I could do better, so I signed up to do them again! The tutors at the College were great, helping me when needed. I want to get on top of GCSE English next year, and I’m learning Spanish and German at home. I would like to further my interest in Science and my GCSE in Biology will get me started. I may think about a career change in the future, perhaps going more towards Engineering, so perhaps enrolling on a distance learning course with the Open University is a good option.”
Sport student Chelsea Dawson, aged 17, now has her grade 4 in Maths, she said: “Having my Maths GCSE makes me feel more confident and will allow me to chase my dream of becoming a PE teacher. I am so happy with everything I have achieved as it means I can now focus solely on my sport qualification. I am looking forward to the future, being able to pursue higher education and go on to university after the final year of my Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport course.”
Full-time carer, Gemma Potter (age 22 from York) is over the moon with her GCSE results in Maths (Grade 4), English (Grade 4) and Biology (Grade 6). She says: “I slogged away on these GCSEs in my spare time because I want to be a nurse and I needed these qualifications to progress my career. The studying was hard-going at times but luckily the tutors were very supportive. It was all so worth it and now I feel fully prepared to stay on at the College to start on an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing, to make my dream career a reality.”
Anna Scott, age 17 and previously of Danesgate Community Centre, is elated to have passed GCSE Maths with a Grade 4. Anna is currently studying a Level 3 Diploma in Fashion & Clothing at York College and says: “The tutors really helped and supported me, I couldn’t have done it without them. I am so pleased with my results and relieved with how I have done, it feels as though a weight has been lifted. This now means I can go on to complete a degree in the future. I intend to do this at the College too once I have finished my current course, studying Fashion further at a higher level.”
Principal Alison Birkinshaw says: “I really congratulate our GCSE students this year. Every one of them has demonstrated great tenacity, resilience and motivation to improve their skills and qualifications and for this they should be admired. Their hard work will enable them to progress onto the next stage of their education or careers and I am absolutely delighted for them. On behalf of the students I would also like to thank our tutors for their constant support and encouragement, helping our students get to where they want to be in life.”