Lytham Sixth Form College students’ outstanding results see them progress to university and rewarding careers
By Paul Fielding on 17/08/2018
Lytham Sixth Form College students had a fantastic 2017/18 which has put them at the front of the queue for leading jobs and university places.
The College has this year achieved a 98 per cent pass rate for 16 to 18 year old extended diploma students, whose programmes are the equivalent of studying three A-levels in academic subjects - and is looking forward to a bright future delivering technical and professional education in Fylde.
Some of the College’s star students this week praised Lytham Sixth Form College’s programmes and put their success down to the nature of courses with a high emphasis on technical and professional skills development.
Hannah Graham studied an extended diploma Health and Social Care and received an outstanding triple distinction star, the equivalent of three A* grades in A-levels. She is off to the University of Central Lancashire to do a degree in nursing.
The 18-year-old, from South Shore, Blackpool, said:
“I work with my mum providing care in the community and I enjoy it so much, it’s really rewarding. So I want to do that but a bit more along the medical side.
“I went to the hospital on an industry placement and it was brilliant. Even though it’s hard to be around those life and death situations you can really make a difference.
“I loved everything about my course. There were times when I thought I couldn’t do it and they just guided me through it with whatever I needed whenever I needed it.”
Jakob Hodson, completed his extended diploma in Engineering and received a triple distinction star. He will go to the University of Central Lancashire in September to do a degree in Energy Engineering.
The 18-year-old, from Ansdell, said:
“The tutors were very supportive and always happy to go back over things we didn’t understand.
“My favourite part of the course was going to Lancashire Energy HQ every week for practical and getting more hands-on. It’s an excellent facility.
“I chose to do a BTEC because I wanted to get away from exams and do a qualification based more on coursework.
“I want to follow a career in energy engineering. It’s where the future lies.”
Joshua Wragg completed his extended diploma in Art and Design and received a triple distinction star. He has been accepted to do a degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication at Blackpool and The Fylde College.”
The 18-year-old, from Ansdell, said:
“I loved the fact that my course was quite structured in a way but you could still have input and decided the kind of work you wanted to be doing. You had a lot of creative control.
“We were asked to make tiles for murals to go in the mussel tanks on Lytham seafront for the civic society. That project was quite scary but a great experience of what it will be like dealing with clients in industry.”
In an impressive year for Lytham Sixth Form College’s extended diploma students, 88% have achieved high grades (triple distinction star to Distinction, Merit, Merit – or equivalent) in 2017/18.
Matthew Barr, Associate Head of Lytham Sixth Form College, said:
“At Lytham Sixth Form College, we offer an innovative and highly responsive technical and professional curriculum co-created with industry to meet employers’ specific requirements. Our students progress to some of the UK’s leading universities and into rewarding careers.
“It is important to celebrate the achievements and successes of our students as they go on to higher education or into industry. I speak for everyone at Lytham Sixth Form College when I offer my heartfelt congratulations and wish students every success in all their future endeavours.”