Technical Vocational students celebrate outstanding results

Technical Vocational students at Hugh Baird College have been celebrating achieving outstanding results this week within the College’s industry-based subject areas.

These students now have the experience and qualifications to progress into their chosen industry, apprenticeship or even university upon receiving their qualifications.

The College's BTEC and equivalent course pass rate was 100% with 53% of students achieving Distinction grades or higher (equivalent to three A-levels at A grade). The CACHE provision (Childcare and Health and Social Care) saw 69.5% of students achieving A* - B grades.

Jamie O’Brien, Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Artistry Level 3 student achieved a Distinction*, said:

The support I’ve received from the tutors at the College has been brilliant, they accommodated my needs during every step of my course. I’m so happy with the Distinction* result that I’ve achieved, it’s allowed me to go on to study Beauty Therapy and will help fulfill my dream of owning my own beauty business.

Matthew Rooney, who gained Distinction* Distinction* Distinction on the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Extended Diploma Level 3 course, said:

I’ve loved studying engineering over the past two years. My passion for robotics and automation engineering started in school and when it came to choosing a course once I finished there, the course at Hugh Baird College fitted perfectly.

With the results I’ve achieved, I’m going to study for a degree in Robotics and Automation at Leeds Beckett University and following that, hopefully a Master's degree. My career aim is to work in robotic prosthetics and I’m thankful to my tutors and Hugh Baird College for helping me in my next step to achieve this.

Roma Cunliffe Ion, an Art and Design Extended Diploma Level 3 student who gained a Distinction, said:

Being a student at Hugh Baird College was amazing. I was anxious about starting the course as I suffer from anxiety, but the College’s Student Support team helped me to overcome this and succeed in my studies.

With my Distinction grade, I have been able to secure my place at Liverpool John Moores University to study a degree in architecture. Without the support from the College, I don't think I would be going to university, they really helped me achieve my next step in my goal of becoming an architect.

Joseph Smith, achieved a Distinction on the Creative Media Production and Technology Extended Diploma Level 3 course, said:

The course has been great, what I enjoyed the most was being allowed to creatively express myself through my course work. I am excited to start the Digital Imaging and Photography degree course at Hugh Baird University Centre in September and to continue my journey to becoming a professional photographer.

Other achievements include; Jessica Taylor, a Nurse and Health Cadet Programme Level 3 student, who achieved an A* and has secured her place to study Adult Nursing at Edge Hill University and brothers Josh and Michael Taylor, who both achieved Distinction* on the Barbering Level 2 course.

Louise Nixon, Hugh Baird College Student Engagement Lead, said:

Every one of our students at the College have shown that they worked extremely hard which has proven to me that our students are an asset to any organisation or university. This week's results have shown that anything is possible for our students and I wish them all the luck in their next steps.

At Hugh Baird College, you choose the course, the subject area and the industry you’re most interested in. You learn in a way that suits you, with your own unique study programme. Applications are still open for September 2021 entry and they are enrolling now, visit to find out more and apply.

Photos show Jamie O’Brien, Joseph Smith and Matthew Rooney.

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