Andover College says don’t Underestimate the Value of Vocational QualificationsAndover College, which will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday 23 April 2016, is urging parents and would-be students to consider all their options post 16, including vocational courses alongside A Levels as a meaningful pathway to university of direct into employment.

Principal Tim Jackson explains: “We offer a huge range of advanced vocational courses which are the equivalent to A Levels and students studying on these programmes often progress to Higher Education and beyond. It also makes sense to get a head start if you plan to follow the same line of study at University. Our A Level provision offers excellent choice but we want parents and prospective students to also realise that vocational courses are just as rigorous and highly regarded, providing early specialist knowledge that universities and employers value.”

Former student Penny Koviou who studied the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media (equivalent to 3 A Levels) is off to Brighton Film School in September having taken a gap year. Her experience on the course as part of the cast and crew making Scrawl, a full length feature film, was exceptional and she said: “If it wasn’t for my lecturer Peter Hearn making a student movie, which I participated in as an actress, I would have never found my true passion – directing!” Penny hopes to one day be known as a successful documentary maker.

Penny is just one of numerous students each year who successfully complete a vocational course and progress on to university. Every Level 3 vocational course offered at Andover College has a pathway to university be it Theatrical Media Make-up, Motor Vehicle, or the Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Art and Design, Music and Drama.

Tim Jackson concludes: “Vocational courses offer tremendous opportunities to students. Gaining advanced technical skills underpin higher level study and ensure students are better prepared for industry.”

Doors open 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 23 April 2016.

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