Newly published National Achievement Rate Tables show that Nelson and Colne College is the leading college in the country for Apprenticeships and classroom learning.

NCC is the top performing general FE college nationally for overall Apprenticeship achievement, at all ages and levels, according to the government figures, and is also number one for 16-18 classroom learning achievement, at all levels, and is number one for 16-18 timely Apprenticeship achievement, at all levels.

The college is already number one in the country for the progress students make during their studies across a number of areas in the annually published School Performance Tables. These include being number one for A Levels and number one for Maths and third nationally for English at Level 2. NCC is also the highest performing college in the area for vocational courses.

Principal Amanda Melton said: “Our consistently strong positions in the National Achievement Rate Tables and School Performance Tables is testament to the exceptional lengths our dedicated and talented staff go to, ensuring students at Nelson and Colne College receive an outstanding education and excellent support to allow them to exceed their potential.

“Nelson and Colne College students achieve results beyond their expectations, whatever their point of entry, as a result of their growing realisation that they can achieve extraordinary success if they try hard with excellent teaching and support. They benefit from the combined support of parents, teaching and support staff across the College and I would like to extend my congratulations to all who have contributed to these remarkable results.

“I would also like to pass on my best wishes to all of our students who will be sitting exams and completing their final assignments in the coming weeks.”

In its 2016/17 results, NCC achieved a 99.7% pass rate at A Level and a 100% pass rate in vocational courses. One in five leavers in 2016/17 progressed onto a Russell Group university – including Oxbridge – and it is also the best college in Lancashire for student satisfaction, according to the FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey.

English Literature, History and Philosophy, Ethics and Religion A Level student Alexandra Mitchell-Males, 18, has a conditional offer from the University of Oxford. She said: “Oxford was somewhere I didn’t think was really achievable. However, the standard of teaching at College is outstanding and the support I have received from my tutors has been amazing and this has given me both the knowledge and belief that a place at Oxbridge is reachable.”

Vocational Level 3 Business student Hamzah Zahid, 18, who has a conditional offer from the University of Manchester to study Law said: “I’ve always wanted to study Law and I actually started out at College studying A Levels, but after a couple of weeks my tutor approached me and suggested considering the vocational Business course as an alternative route. The course is broken down into units and I’ve really found that beneficial for me and the way I learn. If it wasn’t for the support and guidance I have received at Nelson and Colne College, there is no way I would have an offer from the University of Manchester and it has enabled me to reach my goal.”

Thomas Marchant, 19, who is completing an Apprenticeship with Pendle Engineering said: “Nelson and Colne College has provided me with the knowledge and skills allowing me to complete my workplace related tasks successfully. My Apprenticeship has been a huge benefit to me and has also improved a wide range of life skills, setting me up for a successful future at Pendle Engineering.”

Students studying at Nelson and Colne College are each given an individualised study programme, helping them to develop both personal and professional skills. As well as their core subject/s, students are also encouraged to take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities, take part in career-focused tutorials, carry out independent study, develop industry links, and more.

This year’s Vocational and A Level results will be announced over the Summer, with A Level Results Day taking place on Thursday 16 August. Students wanting to enrol at NCC for a September start can do so from Thursday 23 August – on GCSE Results Day.

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