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A student who is a carer for her mother, a step-father to four children, a budding actor and a male model were among the Bradford College Sixth Form students celebrating their A Level and BTEC Level 3 results.
Students descended on the £50m David Hockney Building from 7.30am on Thursday to discover their individual grades as the college recorded another impressive set of results with the number of students achieving the higher grades, A-C, in maths and English A Levels up by more than 6% on last year. Some subjects scored 100% pass rates.
Among those celebrating was Abigail Woods who achieved grades B, B and C in Film, Media and English Literature respectively whilst being a full-time carer for her mother and despite being diagnosed with dyspraxia and dyscalculia mid-way through her course.
Abigail, 21, has been her mother’s main carer since the age of eight. Her mother has serious hip problems that have resulted in her having 17 hip replacement surgeries and so she uses a wheelchair.
“I am essentially on call 24/7 for my mum. She is very proud of me and I am of myself,” said Abigail who has secured a place at the University of Bradford to study film.
“I want to be a screenwriter and am excited to move on to university but have really enjoyed my time at Bradford College and am thankful for the support they have given me.”
Also celebrating centre stage was budding actor Sam Moody.
The aspiring performer achieved A grades in both his Film and Media A Levels.
The 20 year old will now move down to London to join the National Youth Film Academy and start formal training he hopes will see him fulfil his dream of being a screen actor.
Sam joined Bradford College Sixth Form after a short period working as a teaching assistant and is happy he decided on the change of direction.
“I am glad I decided to come back into education,” he said,
“It meant I was slightly older than some of my classmates but it didn’t matter.
“I have really enjoyed my courses and enjoyed my time here.”
Another student looking to move into the film business, Eleanor Hodson, was thrilled with the two Bs and a C she achieved A Levels in Media, Film and English respectively.
The 18 year old said: “I have very much enjoyed my time at Bradford College, it has provided me with a number of opportunities to learn and develop skills within my chosen career path as well as providing me with opportunities to take part on film courses, therefore opening many doors for me.”
Eleanor is now planning to spend a gap year building up experience in the film industry and has recently been working as a runner on a short film and has more running work lined up and is also hoping to do freelance film projects.
Eleanor’s work has already been seen on the big screen. She has taken part in a number of BFI (British Film Institute) film projects in both Bradford and London, during which she created films that were played on cinema screens, including the big screen at the National Media Museum in Bradford.
Mature student Paul Maguire has put himself in the frame for his dream career after getting an A in his Photography AS level at the age of 44.
The step-father of four will now progress onto a photography degree at Bradford College University Centre, starting next month.
Paul returned to education to pursue his dream of being a professional photographer despite running a successful sign and graphics business.
“I have loved it in the Sixth Form,” he said.
“It has been life-changing and I am thrilled to have been accepted onto the BA degree course here and am excited to start.”
Male model Amir Rashid was among the BTEC students to excel. The 20-year-old scored triple distinction stars in his Business Level 3 and is going to the University of Manchester to study International Business.
Qutbul Haq also achieved three distinction stars in his BTEC Business Level 3 course and is also joining the University of Manchester to start a Business Marketing degree.
BTEC Level 3 Sport student Jenson Taylor has chosen to stay on at Bradford College for his degree in Sports Coaching.
The 19-year-old who works as a Student Ambassador for the College has opted to remain at Bradford College despite offers from Leeds Trinity and Leeds Beckett universities.
“I enjoy it here, I like the staff and the facilities and it's close to home so it suits me,” he said.
Another student keen to continue her studies at Bradford College University Centre was Khadijah Khatun, who wants to progress onto an accounting degree having achieved three passes in her BTEC Level 3 Business.
The 19 year old has been offered a place at the University of Bradford but her preference is to remain at the College saying: “I already know the tutors, it is convenient and it is the course I want to do to become a financial advisor or a chartered accountant.”
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