A higher degree of education at Cardiff and Vale College
Cardiff and Vale College has bucked the national trend for students progressing from Further Education on to university.
Nearly 70% of Cardiff and Vale College students who applied for a Higher Education course found a place at university. This compares to a national average of 66%.
Some Cardiff and Vale College students have progressed to places in prestigious universities. Twenty-year-old Yannik Herbert studied A Levels at the College and gained A*s in English Literature, Maths and Physics in the summer and is going to Cambridge University.
“I left school when I was 14 without any GCSEs, and I thought it would be prudent to get some GCSE and A Level qualifications,” Yannik said. “I came to CAVC to do my GCSEs and then I went on to do A Levels.
“I enjoyed my time at College and I got into it pretty quickly, although getting up in the morning can be a problem! In a year I have place at Cambridge University – I’ve got a deferred entry. I will be getting in as a mature student so I have to wait until I’m 21 as that is classified as mature.”
He chose Cambridge because of the nature of the courses on offer, rather than the prestige attached to the name, Yannik is careful to add.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Ross Maidment gained a place at Oxford University to study Theology after completing an Access to Humanities course at CAVC.
“I always wanted to go to university but as I left school to work, didn't have the qualifications,” Ross said. “After I learned about the Access to Humanities with Teacher Training course, it seemed the perfect opportunity to return to learning as a route to university.”
Access to Higher Education diplomas prepare students for study at university and are designed for people who might want a degree but have left school without the usual qualifications.
“The way the course has been structured has been excellent preparation for university,” Ross explained. “The study skills sessions have also been really helpful in providing tips on essay writing, research and how to work in exams. The best thing about college is the great staff and support which helped make it easy to return to study.”
Other students have gone on to study courses in Astrophysics at Cardiff University, Football Coaching at the University of Glamorgan, Pharmacy at Reading University, Podiatry at Cardiff Metropolitan University and Law at Aberystwyth University.
Cardiff and Vale College Head of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Emil Evans said: “Congratulations to all students from CAVC who were successful in gaining places at university this September. Once again, CAVC exceeded the national rate of 66% of applicants being successfully placed and, more significantly, CAVC saw a sharp rise in the numbers of students applying – 598 applications compared to 469 for 2011.
“This is testament to the increasing number of students at the college successfully completing level 3 courses and choosing to continue their studies at a higher level. In addition, most of these students (69%) chose to undertake their higher studies at local universities which demonstrates the strong working partnerships that CAVC has with universities in South Wales.
“Also notable is the huge range of subjects that former CAVC students are now studying: from Astrophysics at Cardiff University to Theology at Oxford University; from Podiatry at Cardiff Met to Football Coaching at Glamorgan! We wish all every success with their studies and tutors are now working as hard as ever to ensure that the class of 2012-13 gain a place on the course of their choice, at the university of their choice, in September 2013.”
Michelle Barry, College Student Progression Manager, added: “Despite continuing uncertainty on the part of potential UCAS applicants surrounding the estimated cost and potential value of a university education, CAVC has continued to buck the national trend by placing 67% of our UCAS applicants following successful completion of their chosen course here at CAVC.
“The major contributory factor for this result may well be the financial support available from the Welsh Government for Welsh residents making an application to any UK University. In addition, however, the support available to the UCAS applicant from College staff including tutors, learning advisers, business support staff and College Careers Advisers has also contributed to this excellent result.”