Record Number Of Students Aim Higher!

Students from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus have been celebrating as a record number of them will be progressing on to higher education this year.

Over 20 students from the campus have already had conditional offers from universities and higher education colleges in England, Wales & Scotland.

Through VETNET LLN (The National Lifelong Learning Network of Veterinary and Allied Professionals) links have been established with a number of higher education providers and the college, helping to drive up the number of students progressing into higher education.

Jane Pringle, Head of Houghall, explained: “These universities and colleges have signed progression accords with East Durham College to say that they recognise the vocational courses that students study here, which will now give our students easier access to higher education places.”

Student James Arkle, aged 25 from Sunderland, who is studying towards a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management, said: “I’m delighted to be going on to read Biology and plan to then go on to Teach in the subject.

“I didn’t leave school with very good grades. I worked for a while and did an NVQ in IT but was not enjoying what I was doing. I’d always had an interest in animals and biology, so I’m thrilled to be working towards a career in my true vocation”

Jade Crow, 17 from Bishop Auckland, who is also studying towards a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management, added: “I knew I wanted to work with animals for a while and then during my course decided I want to become an RSPCA Officers. This course and then my degree should help make my dream come true.

“I’m nervous about going to Harper Adams University College in Shropshire to do my degree in Animal Behaviour & Welfare because it’s so far away, but it’s really exciting too.”

Some of the other subjects that students will be going on to study are Equine Studies, Zoology/Marine Biology, Veterinary Nursing, Conservation & Forest Eco Systems as well as Equine Business Management & Business Studies.