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Students celebrate BTEC results at Buxton & Leek College

Students at Buxton & Leek College are proving that academic A Levels are not the only route to university and achieving their dreams. Excited about their futures, students attended the Buxton and Leek campuses on Thursday to collect their BTEC Level 3 results after much anticipation. 

Amongst those celebrating was Leonie Pointon,18, from Leek who achieved a Double Distinction and Merit in BTEC Health & Social Care & Applied Psychology. Leonie said, “I didn’t expect these grades, it’s great as I will now go onto the University of Staffordshire to do Psychology & Child Development.” 

Jordan Pickford, 21 from Tideswell was thrilled to achieve a Triple Merit in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business. He said, “I plan to go to Sheffield Hallam University and I am really interested in moving into PR, multi-media or journalism as a career”. 

Sophie Landon, 18, from Stoke-on-Trent, 18, was awarded a Double Distinction & Distinction Star in Health & Social Care with Applied Psychology – she is going to Cardiff University to study Occupational Therapy in September. “I will be starting university in mid-September and once I’ve finished my university degree I hope to secure a job as an Occupational Therapist”.

Kloe Evans, 20, from Leek, was thrilled to be awarded a Triple Distinction in Health & Social Care :she said I’m having a gap year and then will apply to either Staffs Uni or Keele.” 

Freya Baxter, 18, from Belper achieved a Distinction and Distinction Star in Level 3 Health & Social Care with Applied Psychology. “I want to be a Forensic Psychiatrist and will be going to university in September to York”. 

Lou Kerr, 21, from Tideswell was thrilled to achieve a Triple Distinction Star in Level 3 Art & Design. Lou said, “this means I can now start my dream degree course at Ulster University, Belfast – I’m moving there in three weeks.” 

Lauren Frith, 18, from Ashbourne was over the moon to be awarded a Distinction and Distinction Star in Level 3 Health & Social Care with Applied Psychology and said, “I’m hoping to go on to study Paramedic Science and plan on going to university in September in Coventry”. 

BTEC qualifications are vocational and work-related practical based courses that can open opportunities for employment. The college has a wide range of vocational courses and apprenticeship routes for GCSE students awaiting their results. The college also offers a number of university levels courses. 

For anyone unsure about their next steps or students who may not have achieved their expected grades, the college can help, “Whatever grades you achieved, there is a pathway for everyone to follow your dream! Our Information, Advice and Guidance team is on hand to go over all your options. And if you’re thinking of joining us in September and still unsure what to do, it’s not too late to apply”, said a spokesperson at the college.  

Contact our admissions team on 0800 074 0099 or email