Cheshire College – South & West hosted the second of its two annual College Awards at its Crewe Campus this week.
Celebrating the achievements of learners over the past 12 months, 33 individual awards were presented to the delight of parents, family, friends, college colleagues and employers.
Holly Kneale, 18, from Crewe, who won Travel and Tourism Student of the Year, said: “I’ve just completed my Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
“I’ve enjoyed the course so much – the tutors have been brilliant. I’ve learnt so many things on the course about how the industry works and what jobs there are. We’ve been to East Midlands Airport and took part in a Thomas Cook training day. The best thing about the course this year has been completing the Air Cabin Crew diploma – I loved the practical assignments we did in the cabin room.
“I’ve decided to continue my studies and I’m really excited about starting the Level 4 course in Travel and Management in September at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus. It means that I can get a HE qualification at College rather that going to university. When I finish I’ll either go on to complete the Level 5 qualification or decide to work in a travel agents or cabin crew.”
Roisin Burns, 17, from Nantwich, who won A Level Student of the Year, said: “I’ve just completed my first year of A Levels and I’m studying Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English Literature. I’ve really enjoyed my first year and it’s definitely a good stepping stone between school and going to university.
“I’m planning to apply to study Medicine and I’ve had a lot of support from the Honours team here at College. They’ve helped me understand what I need to do for my application as well as given me extra curricular opportunities – we’ve attended Leighton Hospital for a series of talks as well as visited Keele University Medical School to see what it would be like to study there.
“I’ve also had work experience in a GP surgery and I’m working with the fragility team at Leighton Hospital in the summer.”
Thomas Morbey, 20, from Crewe who won Vocational College Student of the Year, said: “I’ve studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and I’m really excited to be going on to study a BA in Performing Arts and Media at the University of South Wales.
“I took part in shows at high school but here at College I’ve really grown in confidence. My time here has made me realise that I want to pursue acting as a career. My tutors have been really supportive but they’ve also pushed me to be the best I can be. They’ve challenged me as an actor and I’m delighted to have achieved a triple distinction.
“I’ve been involved with so many productions here at College including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol as well as the leading role of Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.”
Richard Postles, 18, from Winsford who won Hospitality and Catering Student of the Year, said: “I enjoyed studying Food Technology at high school and when I came to the Open Day at College I was really impressed. The College had just been awarded its AA Rosette for The Academy restaurant and has a great reputation for its links to industry. I’m studying full-time at College but I’ve also got an Apprentice Chef position working part-time for Brunning & Price’s Hayhurst Arms in Northwich.
“The tutors here are great – I feel really privileged that they are passing on their knowledge and passion for food to me. As well as working in the restaurant I’ve worked at events at Nantwich Football Club and the Chester Food Festival.
“I’ve just finished my Level 2 in Hospitality and Catering and will start my Level 3 in September.”
Sophie Cliffe, 17, from Winsford, who won Science Student of the Year, said: “I’ve just completed my first year of a BTEC in Forensic Science and I’ve also completed an AS in Psychology.
“I’ve always been interested in Forensic Science – the idea of being able to solve cases and help people really appealed to me. I was a Police Cadet and I’ve done a lot of volunteering which I’ve enjoyed.
“The course has been really good – I’ve loved learning about fingerprints, DNA and genetics. One of my highlights was visiting the Crime Scene House in Stoke where we got the chance to collect evidence just like we would do in real-life. Once I’ve completed my course I’m hoping to study Forensic Science at Staffordshire University.”
Thomas Powell, 19, from Stoke-on-Trent who won Engineering Student of the Year, said: “I’m fascinated with how things work. I’ve always loved building and making things from a very young age. Whether it was building objects out of Lego or just taking things apart to then put them back together.
“I’ve already achieved an A grade in A Level Maths at College and have just completed a BTEC in Engineering which I achieved triple distinction star grades. I’m now going to study a BSc in Civil Engineering at Bath University. The course includes a year in industry and the option to progress to a Masters Degree.”
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