Huddersfield New College is delighted to announce that the College has been awarded Silver in the BTEC College of the Year category at the Pearson BTEC Awards 2021. HNC student, Chloe Hirst, and teacher, Amanda Pinder, have also been recognised for their outstanding contribution to teaching and learning, both receiving Bronze awards in their respective categories of BTEC Student of the Year and BTEC Teacher of the Year.
The BTEC Awards, organised by education provider Pearson, are now in their 11th year, and this year due to ongoing restrictions were held online. The awards focused heavily on the challenges and unprecedented circumstances that providers, learners and teachers found themselves in during this particularly demanding academic year, and to be recognised in these prestigious awards is an exceptional achievement.
Achieving Silver in the BTEC College of the Year awards, Huddersfield New College was recognised as a national centre of excellence for its’ delivery of BTEC qualifications throughout the remote learning period, and the positive difference it continues to make to the lives of its' young people in the most challenging of circumstances.
Chloe, a student of BTEC Sport and Exercise Science, was awarded a Bronze award for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in her extended diploma, and is predicted to achieve D*D*D*. Alongside her studies, Chloe is also on the Olympic pathway for swimming, and has completed an Open University qualification alongside her studies. After a successful two years studying at the College, she has secured a place studying physiotherapy at University.
Amanda Pinder, Course Leader for BTEC Applied Psychology, was also recognised for her work in introducing the College to the BTEC Certificate in Applied Psychology, which has seen students from across the Kirklees and Calderdale able to access this academic subject via an Applied General Qualification. The qualification was introduced at a challenging time, as unknown to the world, a global pandemic would see the education sector have to adapt to a remote learning strategy. Amanda was nominated for going above and beyond to support her students and continue to engage them in a variety of unique ways during the remote learning phase, and students continued to achieve highly, despite the restrictions in place.
Kam Rogerson, Assistant Principal, comments “It is wonderful to see our College and our talented students and staff recognised in these prestigious national awards. The College is an exemplar of how vocational qualifications can support young people and their career aspirations, and more young people than ever before are progressing to world-class universities from Applied General Qualifications. I am so proud to work at our award winning College and that the talents of Chloe and Amanda have also been recognised- their successes in both learning and teaching really are outstanding”
These awards have come at a crucial time for Applied General Qualifications, as the government seek to make further education a binary choice between A Levels and T Levels for future generations of learners. Removing funding for Applied General Qualifications, such as BTECs, will give our young people less choice, and will put in place significant barriers for some young people in accessing Higher Education and Higher Apprenticeships. The Sixth Form College Association (SFCA) are currently running the #Protect Student Choice campaign. You can find out how you can support this vital campaign here.