Group of students Coral Smith, Demi McLinden, Jena Richeldis Parkin, Levi Jane Brown, Anna-Leigh Carr, Harry Walker, and Samuel Handy, jumping in the air with university prospectuses to celebrate getting places at university

Houghall Students' High Degree of Success

Tue, 2002-07-30 01:00

Successful students - (L-R) Coral Smith, Demi McLinden, Jena Richeldis Parkin, Levi Jane Brown, Anna-Leigh Carr, Harry Walker, and Samuel Handy.

Students at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus are jumping for joy after being made offers from universities throughout the UK.

The students, who study on a range of land-based courses, have secured offers on courses as diverse as a BSc degree in Zoology with Herpetology (a branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians and reptiles)at Bangor University in Wales to a BA (Hons) degree in Wildlife and Media at the University of Cumbria.

Emma Widdowson, a specialist careers advisor at the Durham-based campus, helped support a great number of the students through the application process and expressed her pride in the students’ motivation and success.

Emma said: “I am so pleased and proud to have helped so many of our students with their journey towards higher education and university.

“Some of those I supported have had to face numerous problems in their lives and overcome a range of potential barriers to get to this point.

“I think it’s amazing that despite what they may have been going through outside of college they still managed to come in everyday and these offers are a fantastic reward for their resilience and of course good grades.

“University isn’t the right path for everyone but for those that do go I hope they have a fantastic experience and succeed in achieving what they want to in their careers.”

Emma added: “This academic year East Durham College has seen a record number of students applying for university across the college departments, with over 200 applying. Reflecting the students’ high levels of motivation and real desire to specialise and succeed in their chosen subject area.”

All students at East Durham College who want to apply to go to university are able to access specialist support from their own Personal Learning Coach and Emma to ensure they make the right choice for them.