Nescot College in Epsom is celebrating the success of its students this summer with the news that over 130 have been offered places at university next year.
The information was revealed by official UCAS application data and shows Nescot students heading to institutions like Exeter, Surrey, Kent, Bangor, Goldsmiths, Reading, Sheffield Hallam, Nottingham Trent, St Marys, Roehampton next year.
For students like Sophia Mindus (pictured below), from Battersea, this journey has been far from straightforward. ‘I didn’t enjoy doing my GCSEs at school at all, the focus was very much on success in exams and there is so much more to life than that,’ says Sophia, who studied Film and TV production at Nescot and is now heading to London’s University of the Arts to study Journalism.
Sophia decided the traditional A-Level route to university had nothing to offer her and was attracted to Nescot by the excellent industry experience and employment focussed approach of tutors at the College’s Media Department.
‘I got good GCSEs but I was determined not to do A-Levels. I wanted to learn in a different way and College gives you that. The tutors have all worked in the industry and they deal with you as an adult, they’re interested in you succeeding as a person, not just your academic success!’
Sophia was so inspired by the approach to learning at Nescot she applied for work experience as a runner on US feature film The Collection. Her professionalism on set led to her being offered a job covering the Royal Wedding this year with US News channel CBS.
‘Those experiences were fantastic, so inspiring. Much of this is about confidence and feeling prepared try things. At school it was more about discipline, whereas at college it’s about responsibility and that gives you confidence and pride in your work.’
Sophia, who is hoping to continue her success by working on the BBC’s Olympic coverage next year, is a good example of the different routes available into higher education at Nescot, which has the highest success rates of local FE Colleges according to Government figures.
The news comes as Deputy Principal for HE and Curriculum Services Cliff Hall revealed college data showing that 25% of higher education students at Nescot were awarded first-class degrees last year. The national average was just over 14%. ‘These results are validated by our main partner, the University of Surrey and we’re obviously delighted for our students,’ he said.
Places are still available at Nescot but courses fill up fast so those hoping to emulate Sophia’s success should contact the college as soon as possible on 020 8394 3038 or search for courses on this website.