Staff and students at Stockton Sixth Form College are celebrating after the college was named as one of the best educational providers in the country for delivering vocational qualifications.
The college is ranked in the Department for Education’s top 100 schools and colleges in England for Applied and BTEC courses, and named as the best provider in Teesside.
The accolade comes just a year after the college expanded its vocational course offering and increased the amount of unique opportunities and experiences available to students taking applied, coursework-based qualifications.
As part of this commitment, three of the college’s vocational course groups travelled to London, Paris and New York to enhance their studies outside of the classroom ahead of half term.
BTEC Law students visited London’s Royal Courts of Justice, where they took part in a mock trial and held the roles of lawyers, barristers and people of the jury for a civil case. They were also given a tour of the law courts and sat in the public gallery to hear the cross-examination of a witness in a real life criminal trial.
National Diploma IT students crossed the channel to visit Disneyland Paris and put their skills to the test in analysing how IT assists in the design and functioning of individual rides, and how the park’s digital infrastructure supports the smooth running of the resort all year round.
At the same time, the college’s Applied Travel and Tourism students travelled to a snowy New York to view its position as one of the world’s most popular major travel destinations. The group analysed aspects of the city’s tourism industry whilst taking in the sights of Times Square, Staten Island, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty.
Second year college student Danielle Ritchie (pictured, left), said: “Going to New York with my classmates really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it was an amazing way to bring what we’re learning in college to life.”
Joanna Bailey, Principal of Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “College trips to London, Paris and New York are just a few examples of our commitment to broadening students’ horizons and showing them how their studies can be put to good use outside of the classroom.”
From September 2014, the college will be further expanding its vocational offering by running a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, giving students the chance to study both the theory and practical side to one of the region’s largest employers.
You can find out more about Stockton Sixth Form College and the range of courses it offers on its final Open Evening of the academic year: Tuesday 4th March, 6-8pm.