A T Level-style work placement at renowned fabric manufacturer Panaz has inspired Nelson and Colne College Art and Design student Sophie Palmer to pursue a career in interior design.


Sophie, 18, from Barrowford, is celebrating achieving Triple Distinction* in her Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design and has praised the college and the course for developing her personally and professionally. Sophie has successfully secured a place at the Manchester School of Art to study Interior Design.


The former student of Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School in Colne, said: “Studying BTEC Art and Design at College has given me a wide range of creative arts skills which has prepared me for my next step. I have grown significantly in confidence, to be more creative and to experiment with ideas and techniques.


“By developing my knowledge and learning a broad spectrum of skills and techniques in Art and Design, this has propelled me forward to pursue a career in the interior design world, which I am most passionate about.”


Nelson and Colne College is one of the pioneering colleges nationally to be delivering the first wave of new T Level qualifications from September. Sophie says spending 20% of her time in industry, in the style of the new qualifications, really benefited her learning and progression.


Sophie added: “My course was perfect for me and enabled me to find my passion. I also had significant support from my tutors along the way. They inspired me and supported me in securing an industry placement in the design studio at Panaz. It was a fantastic experience to work at such a renowned and leading creative company.


“My ultimate ambition is to become a successful interior designer, possibly working on projects for hotels and the hospitality sector.


“I would highly recommend Nelson and Colne College to others, as it is a safe and welcoming environment and provides you with the foundation to develop your education in your chosen area, as well as serving as a catalyst to pursue dreams and passions.”


Nelson and Colne College is one of the leading colleges nationally across a range of academic measures – 16-18 classroom learner achievement, 16-18 Advanced Apprenticeship timely achievement, A Level progress and GCSE Mathematics and English progress.


Nelson and Colne College is also the number one college in the country for student satisfaction.


Applicants looking to apply to Nelson and Colne College still have the time. Visit www.nelson.ac.uk or contact the Admissions Team on 01282 440272.