Next Step for Darlington College Uniformed Public Services Students

In Apprenticeships, Employers, In the Press, News, School Leavers, University Level, on the 11th, March 2016

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L-R Adam Mark, Ethan Odziemski, Lee Ruddock, Courtney Glen, Francesca Lavan, Tom Holdstock have all received offers for University.

Written by NCTJ Trainee Journalist, Rebecca Dew

Darlington College Uniformed Public Services students are celebrating success after being offered conditional and unconditional university places and securing work in the well-sought public services industry.

Lydia Ford, 18, was offered a job within the police forces at the interview when the recruiters were so impressed with her diploma grades, work ethic and personal attributes.

Programme leader Gary Paxton said of how delighted he was for the Darlington College’s Student of The Year. He said: “Lydia has been an absolute joy to work with and she has all the skills, qualities and attributes required for a career in uniformed public services.”

The Level 3 extended diploma students have received offers from universities up and down the UK, including universities in Cumbria, Liverpool, South Wales, Teesside and Leeds.

Programme leader Gary Paxton said how proud he was of what the students have achieved.

Gary said: “The students on the two year course have achieved top grades and 300 UCAS points, equivalent to 3 B grades at A Level. The course prepares the students well for careers in public services by teaching them from the very beginning skills in working as a team, physical training and covering vocational units of policing and law. The diploma is very impressive to universities and employers.”

Ethan Odziemski has obtained an unconditional offer to study at university and four others have been offered conditional places on criminology, policing and sports courses following the completion of the extended diploma in June.

Uniformed Public Services Tutor Nicole Caffrey studied the BA Criminology degree course at Teesside University prior to teaching the diploma at Darlington College and has helped inspire the students to go to pursue a university career.

Nicole said: “Two of our students were not considering going to university at all before the course, but I think I helped show them that law and criminology can be exciting, I try to make all my lessons fun! It’s great to think I’ve inspired them to study criminology and policing courses at university.”

The higher education courses are due to begin this September and the students wish to follow careers in the forces, police and forensics after graduation.

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