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Cheshire College A Level Learners Secure University Offers at Oxford and Keele

Learners at Cheshire College have secured offers to study Medicine and Science at two of the country’s top universities.

Currently completing A Levels at the College’s Crewe Campus, two second year learners have both received offers from prestigious universities after impressing at interview and being predicted top grades.  

Receiving an offer to study Medicine at the University of Keele is 17-year-old Kate Stanier, whilst 17-year-old Natalie Turner has secured an offer from the University of Oxford’s Exeter College to study Earth Science. 

Aspiring to become a Consultant, Kate who is in her final months of studying A Level Biology, Chemistry & Sociology, received her offer to study Medicine after a lengthy interview process which saw her impress the panel so much they reduced the grades she requires to enrol onto the undergraduate degree programme.  
With applications to study Medicine up by 21% this year, making it even more competitive to secure places, Kate has continued to work hard and stay motivated with the support of the College’s Tutors and Support Staff.  

Kate commented: “Keele has always been my first choice, so to receive the email from UCAS confirming the offer after my interview was a huge relief and made all the hard work worth it. The support I received from the College’s University Admissions team and my Personal Development Tutor was amazing, from writing my personal statement to doing mock interviews, nothing was ever too much trouble and they were always happy to help.” 

With a lifelong passion about climate change and the science behind it, Biology, Chemistry and Maths A Level learner Natalie secured her place to study Earth Science at the University of Oxford and hopes to make a real difference in the future.  

Natalie commented: “I was over the moon to receive my offer from Oxford - studying Earth Science can open so many opportunities within the science industry and I'm hoping I may be able to travel too. Throughout my time at College, I’ve received fantastic support from everyone and have loved being able to develop my independence to prepare me for university life.”  

Natalie is also part of Cheshire College’s unique Scholars Programme which is delivered by a specialist Oxbridge Team and provides 20 learners with the knowledge and skills required when applying to university.  
As Cheshire’s largest provider of post-16 education, the College offers over 30 different A Level subjects for learners to choose from, which are taught by outstanding subject-specialists in university-standard facilities. In 2019/20 A Level learners at Cheshire College achieved an overall pass rate of 98.5%. 

Sarah Bradley, Assistant Director of A Levels at Cheshire College, said: “We are absolutely delighted Kate and Natalie have secured offers from their first choice universities. Both have worked extremely hard to get to this stage and their achievements are testament to the dedication and commitment they have put into their studies over the past 18 months.  

“At Cheshire College we are extremely passionate about not only providing our learners with the academic knowledge required to progress onto higher education but supporting them in their personal development too, empowering them with the skills needed to confidently and successfully attend university interviews.”  

To learn more about at Cheshire College visit ccsw.ac.uk and register for the College’s next Virtual Open Day which will be taking place on Monday 26 April. Attendees will be able to chat to subject specialists, find out more about courses and facilities, get guidance on applications, funding and travel, as well as take part in a live question and answer session designed to give a flavour of College life… there has never been a better time to 'Get In, Stand Out’. 

·      Cheshire College is the largest provider of post-16 education in the region offering exciting opportunities to 11,000 learners and 1,400 Apprentices.  

·      Their modern Campuses across Cheshire in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester have world-class facilities which are the result of a £140m investment in the latest technology and real work environments. 

·      The College provides learners with the skills, experience and qualifications that will prepare them for their future career or higher-level study and encourage them to become confident individuals who will make valuable contributions to businesses and the local economy.  

·      With extremely important values which guide the way they work with each other, their partners and within communities, Cheshire College empower individuals and nurture talent, taking the time to listen, help and care, whilst always acting with honesty, integrity and trust.   

·      Cheshire College offers a range of courses from Entry Level to Level 7 in: A Levels; Full-time courses; Apprenticeships; Part-time courses for adults; Access and Higher Education courses; bespoke training for employers; Maths, English, IT and ESOL courses for adults; programmes for International learners; Futures Programme for learners aspiring to progress to university.   

·      They are also the only Further Education College in Cheshire to have been selected by the Government to offer a new two-year qualification, T Levels, from September 2021.   

·      Cheshire College works with key stakeholders and leads on initiatives to provide high-quality education for all ages in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester.  

·      They also work with employers, industries and organisations to drive economic growth through the development of future e-focused skills.  

·      Cheshire College is on a mission to develop digital across the community with their new five-year project, ‘The Digital Hub’, which is part of a £5m investment made by Cheshire and Warrington LEP. The Digital Hub aims to deliver skills and career pathways in additive manufacturing and Virtual and Augmented Reality, as well as improve Advanced Manufacturing Skills to expand digital infrastructures in existing workforces and facilitate access to technology within community organisations.  

·      The College has strong links with local businesses of all sizes and work with many major employers such as Bentley, Brownlow Furniture, Ecolab, Vauxhall Motors, Scottish Power, Unilever, Brunning and Price and National Grid.  

·      Cheshire College are an approved Apprenticeship provider and can support local employers who are using the Levy system to recruit and train Apprentices within their business.   

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