Success stories start at Middlesbrough College

21 August 2019

Thousands of students realise their potential every year thanks to Middlesbrough College.

More than 15,000 learners will study full-time, part-time or apprenticeship courses this year spanning every occupational sector and at every level – a unique offer in the region. 

And it’s not just school leavers enrolling – Middlesbrough College is taking all sorts of people higher, including career changers and those looking to learn new skills alongside their current job. 

So, why is Boro best?

This year, a stellar set of results put Middlesbrough among the top general further education colleges in the country for A Level progress – a testament to the hard work of smart students and talented teachers.

And with an impressive overall pass rate of 99.6 per cent, it’s easy to see why so many success stories start at Middlesbrough College.

More than 1,000 of the College’s students applied to university this year, including 18-year old Weronika Zawiasa.

After being awarded ‘A Level Student of the Year’ and achieving top notch grades, she’s fulfilling her dream of studing criminology at a York University.  

“I am over the moon – Middlesbrough College Sixth Form has been amazing.

“The tutors have been so supportive and have pushed me to achieve these incredible results. I would definitely recommend studying here.”

And it’s not just A Level students who are landing top university places. Having achieved an impressive triple distinction star in Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science, 18-year old Charlie McArthur secured a spot to study Physical Education at Leeds Beckett.

“People often think a BTEC qualification won’t get you into university but it has 100% helped me secure a place on my course.

“I knew I always wanted to do something in sport so the course at Middlesbrough College was perfect – I have been able to focus solely on one specialist subject which has given me the competitive edge.

“It’s honestly been the best two years.”

With a broad range of vocational, A level and apprenticeship courses – all geared towards building skills relevant to the workplace – the sky’s the limit for Middlesbrough College students.

All new and proving popular for this September, the College’s “mix it up programme” allows students to choose a mixture of vocational and academic A Level courses.

Building on its Good Ofsted rating and TEF Gold success - a teaching excellence framework (TEF) that assesses the quality of teaching in universities in England – the College was also selected as the only Tees Valley IoT and T Level provider.

The new T Level qualifications have been developed with employers to equip learners with the skills they need to enter the world of work – and this year’s pilot programme was a huge success.

The courses, which will be equivalent to three A Levels, include work placements of at least 45 days – allowing students to get essential hands-on experience in their chosen industry. Placements will feature sector-specific learning programmes so students can hit the ground running once they start full-time roles.

The College is also proud to be partners in the North East Institute of Technology alongside Newcastle University and Nissan and will be the dedicated technical training hub in the Tees Valley.

The IoT facility will be the latest in a long line up of outstanding learning environments including the sixth form centre, MC6, and the £20m STEM Engineering Centre. 

From an award-winning restaurant, The Waterside Brasserie, to a simulated aircraft cabin, learners can not only expect high quality teaching, but industry standard facilities which give them a taste of what to expect in the working world.

So, whether you’re a school leaver prepared for the next step in your education journey, a career changer ready to tackle a new industry or a budding entrepreneur looking to build skills to last a lifetime, Middlesbrough College can take you higher. 

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