College offer guidance for GCSE students

With GCSE results out today, Shrewsbury College are advising pupils not to panic if they fall short of the grades they want or need.

“Many students who choose to come here after GCSEs to study Level 3 vocational courses, equivalent to 3 A Levels, go on to university,” said Charmian Turner, the College’s Head of Marketing. “The number of Shrewsbury College students making UCAS applications in 2010 was 253, an increase of 24% over the last 3 years.”

“In addition, many of our students have been successful in getting into the top places for their specialist subjects. For example Loughborough University and Aberystwyth for Sports degrees, The Arts University of College at Bournemouth, Central Saint Martins, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design and London College of Fashion.”

Level 3 Media student, Eleanor Plant, said: “For my final major project I co-production managed some VIP screenings of student’s work, which really changed my career plans. I’ve got a place at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh doing PR and Media. My course has been really useful and definitely helped me secure my place at uni. There is a great atmosphere at College and I’ve found everyone very supportive.”

For the last three years Shrewsbury College has had over 200 students stay on to study an increasing variety of university level courses, ranging from a BA Honours Business Degree to a Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapies.

“Apprenticeships are another option to consider,” said Mrs Turner. “With fierce competition for jobs there’s never been a better time to have marketable skills. Apprentices can earn whilst they are learning and gain recognised qualifications as they work. Since completing their Apprenticeships, some of our students are now working all over the world including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.”

Shrewsbury College Site Carpentry Apprentice Joe Price was announced as the ‘Advanced Apprentice of the Year’ at the recent The National Apprenticeship Awards. He is also one of three carpenters competing as part of the UK squad at Worldskills London 2011.

“The College got me involved in the regional Worldskills competition,” said Joe. “It’s a massive opportunity, which is already opening doors for me and my career.”

Shrewsbury College will be holding Advice and Enrolment Events from 5 – 7pm at the London Road Campus on Tuesday 30 August, Thursday 1 September and Thursday 8 September. There will be people on hand to offer advice on all courses.

Alternatively, call the Course Information Team on 01743 342342 to find out more about courses on offer.
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