BTEC Results Day saw students from across the country collect their results last Thursday, opening their results envelopes that is the product of a year of hard work.
With a camera, notepad and pen in hand, the Marketing team caught up with a handful of students to discuss their results, the enjoyable and challenging aspects of their course and future plans.
Three Forensic Science students, Jonathan Utting, Ben Hillman and Jordan Cusack (pictured above) enjoyed how “intriguing” the Forensic Science course was.
Ben achieved a Merit, Pass grade and is starting at Anglia Ruskin University for the new academic year and reflected on his time at Brooklands: “The campus is big and that allows you to walk around in any spare time. I enjoyed the practical side of the course, the mock Forensic scenes and having to figure out each scenario as a team. There was nothing that we could not work through as a team although parts of the course were challenging.”
Jonathan’s interest in Science and wishing to work in the Police were his reasons for choosing the Forensics course, which he claims was the best part about coming to college. Looking to progress onto the Higher National Diploma degree-level course at Brooklands College, this qualification will help with seeking employment in the industry.
Ben, meanwhile, enjoyed the Maths elements of the course in the first year and the Fire Investigation module in the second year, saying the course “opens up a tree of possibilities.” He is looking to go to university.
Tadhg Nicoll-Webb, a first-year level 3 Business student, achieved Double Distinction*, Distinction, the equivalent to one and a half A-Levels. Over the last year he has completed some mandatory work experience as part of his course, including experiencing life of working in the College’s Apprenticeships and Partnerships, Marketing and Human Resources support teams.
He said: “Some units of the Business course were more demanding than others when it came to workload and managing your time in order to meet deadlines.”
With another year of studying at Brooklands ahead of him, Tadhg wishes to study towards a degree in Politics at the Queen Mary University of London. Why politics? He responded: “I just feel drawn to it. There’s some crossover, essentially customers in a business scenario is the population of the UK and so the Government works and functions in the same way as any other business.” As a backup career, he may look to progress further and become a professor in his subject.
Eloise Loader, another level 3 Business student, came straight from a job interview – for an admin-based role as a receptionist working in the NHS – to collect her results on Thursday.
Dressed smartly in a black blazer, Eloise commented: “The best thing about Brooklands is the friendly atmosphere, everyone gets along and the teachers are very supportive.”
Dean Koudsi, a Computing student, achieved a Pass grade. He is currently looking to find an apprenticeship and was excited when mentioning that he had an interview planned the following day. He has had some experience in the IT side of fitting and connecting CCTV systems. Dean liked meeting new people at college and the convenience of college life, with teaching being across three days per week.
Health & Social Care
Now securing a full-time job at a nursery, Rebecca Parker plans to return to education at some point in the future to study a Foundation Degree in Early Years Education whilst Ellie Rogers initially wished to follow a career in midwifery but is still deciding on a route to take.
18-year-old Samuel Robinson, who finished this summer after two years studying Media at levels 2 and 3, juggled college life with his own freelancing work. Despite having prior knowledge before even starting his course, he enjoyed learning a few new skills that he can use in his industry.
Public Services student Aaron Carthy is set to enjoy a gap year after finishing his studies at Brooklands College – this will allow him some time away to decide on the career he wishes to choose, either in the Police or the Navy.
BTEC was definitely the preferred route from my perspective as the course was very practical-based and has prepared me for the Uniformed Public Services.
~ Aaron Carthy
A group of level 3 Sport students, Rory Flanagan, Tom Faulkner, Charlie Hunt and Adam Carlisle were next to collect their results.
Tom has accepted his offer to study Outdoor Education at Plymouth Marjon University in Devon. Adrian is a personal trainer and is now taking on new clients, working in a gym in Addlestone. Charlie is starting a Sports Therapy course at Chichester University in September whilst Rory is looking to continue in his part-time job as he is not sure about what path to take.
They all said: “The course was great and we had such a good group that bonded well together and supported each other.”
Congratulations to all of our students for their results, with over 100 students receiving offers for university places for September 2019. We look forward to welcoming new and returning students in September.