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Success all round: bosses predict best ever results

News - Wednesday, 21st August, 2013

Bookkeeping tutor Emma Briggs receives the IAB Gold Centre Award from representatives of the IAB at the House of Commons.

Bookkeeping tutor Emma Briggs receives the IAB Gold Centre Award from representatives of the IAB at the House of Commons.

THERE are smiles all round at Preston College as staff and students celebrate a bumper summer with student competition wins, departmental awards and the College’s best ever exam results.

Success rates for exam and course results at the Fulwood-based College are already above the national average and bosses are predicting the College’s best ever year across the board for results in courses which have just been completed, with an exceptional anticipated increase of around 5% on its previous best. Last week saw its A-Level pass rate hit 99% – maintaining the high level of achievement seen in recent years.

The College also started the summer with its accountancy department rewarded for its hard work throughout the course of the year by being awarded gold centre status by the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB).

The award recognises the results of students on the College’s range of bookkeeping programmes which are all offered with the IAB’s professional accreditation.

There was further success when – following a rigorous application process – the dental department was rewarded with the Skills for Health Quality Mark for the high levels of training offered on its Dental Nursing programmes.

The Skills for Health Quality Mark Scheme aims to provide employers and education commissioners greater assurance and confidence in their investment in training and development, i.e. assurance that staff are receiving learning and development that is employer led and meets a defined standard of quality.

Staff, students and employers had to speak to assessors about the training provided by the College and assessors chose to make Preston College the only provider in the country to receive the award.

Chhaya Udani and tutor Iain Burton-Legge with one of her Media Make-up creations that have helped her to a national skills final

Chhaya Udani and tutor Iain Burton-Legge with one of her Media Make-up creations that have helped her to a national skills final

But it’s not just the departments experiencing success – Theatrical Make-Up student Chhaya Udani has also been tasting success by winning a place in the national final of the UK Skills Competition.

Chhaya, who during her course has been involved in styling the stars at the Baftas and producing costume and make-up for attendants at Elton John’s WIG Party, now faces a wait to see where she will compete in the national finals for the title of best media makeup technician in the UK.

Principal Lis Smith said:

“We quite rightly feel very proud of all our students and our staff for their achievements throughout the year. We are particularly proud that our success is being recognised – with both departments and students winning awards.

“An important part of our ethos are the opportunities afforded to our students. Having award winning departments who all work with large employers and key industry bodies and providing opportunities for our learners to test themselves against the best in the country will help to ensure they are first on the list when employers are looking to recruit.”


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