Coleg y Cymoedd celebrates the success of learners achieving a broad variety of vocational qualifications, as they progress to university and employment.
The college offers the widest choice of vocational courses in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf across its four campuses and is celebrating the huge numbers of learners securing top grades and reaching university or securing employment.
Notable results include 19 year old Bethan Whittaker from Blackwood who achieved a Triple Distinction* profile in BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and has a confirmed place at Cardiff Metropolitan University to study a degree in Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage. Bethan even secured an Undergraduate Sport Scholarship Award, designed for Students that excel in Sport.
Bethan said â€œIâ€™m ecstatic with my results. College has given me the freedom I needed but also a lot of support and opportunities, in helping me achieve my goals of attending university. My tutors were really supportive the whole way through my course, especially by getting me back on the road to success after my neck injury; I donâ€™t think it would have done it without them!â€
Alicia Quarterly (19) from Ystrad Mynach secured the top grade profile of Triple Distinction* in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care and will progress to Cardiff University to train to become a Nurse.
Alicia said: â€œAfter failing my AS levels I never thought I’d get to go to university to complete a nursing degree to get my dream job. However, Coleg y Cymoedd has given me the opportunity to be able to do this. I am overjoyed that I have completed the BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care course with the overall grade of D*D*D. My tutors were very helpful and have supported me all the way through the course!”
18 year old Rhiannon Brawn from Risca will also advance to Cardiff University to study Marketing, after achieving Triple Distinction* in Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business and receiving offers from all of her UCAS university choices.
Rhiannon said â€œI’m thrilled with the results I achieved through the course I took. I am grateful for the support I received from my tutors that allowed me to achieve the grades I wanted. My confidence and self-belief has grown massively through this course which contributed to me applying for university and has allowed me to continue my chosen field of study. At the start of the course I wasn’t even considering going to university but through the support and encouragement of my tutors I have been accepted into my first choice university. I couldn’t have done this without the willingness of my tutors to accept me on the course despite my physical limitations and challenges. I am proud to say I was a part of Coleg y Cymoedd.â€