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Vocational students celebrate university success

August 16, 2012

Ahead of A Level Results Day on 16 August, West Cheshire College has announced that 368 students studying Level 3 vocational qualifications at the College have applied for a place at university with 80 per cent of students accepting conditional or unconditional offers. 

              West Cheshire College student Alexander Reece has been accepted to study social work at Chester University

Whilst 10 years ago A Levels were the main entry qualification for Higher Education, now around half of UK applicants to universities apply with other qualifications. 

Sara Mogel, Principal at West Cheshire College, said: “It is fantastic that so many of our students have applied and been accepted into university. These figures clearly show that there are alternative routes to successfully being accepted onto university degree courses other than the traditional route of A Levels.”

Alexander Reece, 17, studied Health & Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma at West Cheshire College and has been accepted to study social work at Chester University. He said: “I left school half way through Year 10 to be home educated as I was being bullied at school. I decided to come to College as I didn’t want to go to the sixth form at my old school.

 “One of my favourite things about the College is the fantastic facilities, which allows us to put ourselves in realistic patient scenarios which will help us to deal with the real thing in the future.”

Przemyslaw Mielniczek , 20, who completed the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at West Cheshire College has been accepted onto a sports degree at Liverpool John Moores University. She said: “I came over to England from Poland in 2008. I joined West Cheshire College to study English and Vocational Studies before starting the two-year sports course.

“Since I was 14 I have wanted to be a football coach, the course covers a wide range of topics including coaching and we get to plan and deliver coaching sessions which is a great experience.

“The College really helped me with my application to university and they gave me tips and advice on getting through UCAS.”

Emma Crump, 19, studied Business BTEC Extended Diploma at the College and has been accepted onto a four year business degree course at Manchester Metropolitan University. She said: “The course is really interesting and you learn a lot of different aspects about business. I like the whole College experience as everybody here is really nice and the building is very modern with a really positive feel to it.

 “The College course has really helped me to decide what direction I want to pursue and I’m hoping to spend the year working in either marketing or HR.”

For further information about studying at West Cheshire College, contact the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit

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