Minister praise for Oldham Sixth Form during visit

A LEADING government minister has spoken of the “inspiring stories” she heard during an “amazing” visit to Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC).

OFSC is the only Sixth Form College in Greater Manchester and one of the first in the country to be offering the digital strand of new T Levels pilot starting in September 2020.

Michelle Donelan, now Minister of State for Universities at the Department of Education, said: “It was amazing to visit the college which has an excellent reputation.

“It was brilliant to hear how it is preparing for T Levels and about the opportunities available for students.

“It was fantastic too to hear the students’ inspiring stories. Some of them came to OSFC with none or hardly any qualifications.

“They are now taking away amazing qualifications and are going on to great destinations, from universities to apprenticeships.”

Jonathon Barker, Digital T Level Tutor and Development Lead, is part of the panel developing the Digital T Level with Pearson, the awarding body.

This places OSFC at the forefront of the new T Level qualifications, putting the college in a great position to also offer T Levels in Health and Science when the programme is rolled out further in 2021.

During her visit Minister Donelan was met by executive principal Jayne Clarke, acting principal Peter Roberts, vice principal Suzannah Reeves and assistant principal and T Level lead Chris Arnold.

Tutors and students teaching and studying vocational courses at OSFC also had the opportunity to speak to the Minister and tell their success stories, demonstrating the exciting opportunities that vocational study offers.

Amelia Birchall studied Level 2 Health and Social Care alongside GCSE Maths and has now progressed onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at the College.

Amelia now has earned a place to study Psychology at Northumbria University.

Gheorghe Nica, a Level 3 Applied Science student, is also excelling on a vocational programme.

She has now secured a place to study Medical Science at Bangor University, highlighting  the best vocational education does have parity with a purely academic route.

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