Bumper Year for Vocational Qualifications at Calderdale College

Calderdale College is celebrating a major boost in its Level 3 vocational qualification results, with many of its students exceeding their target grades.

Level 3 Interactive Media performed particularly well with 90 percent of students achieving distinction grades and 60 per cent of those receiving triple distinctions - a 100 percent increase on last year.

On our Level 3 National Diploma in Computer Systems and Network Support an amazing 8 out of 10 students achieved one or more Distinction grades.

Computing student, Jack Meakin, was thrilled to achieve D*D*D, surpassing his target grade by a long way. Following this success, Jack has been offered a much sought after apprenticeship at one of Europe’s leading insurance groups, Covea Insurance.

Amanda Tingle, Assistant Curriculum Manager of Creative & Digital Enterprise at Calderdale College, said: “We are so incredibly proud of Jack’s progress and the fact that he has already secured an apprenticeship at Covea is fantastic news. I know his learning and development will continue as he takes on this exciting role.”

A remarkable 81 percent of students studying the Early Years Educator course attained A-B grades, a phenomenal 45 percentage point increase from the previous academic year.


The Health & Social Care programme also scored extremely highly, with 80 percent of students receiving grades A*-B. As part of the qualification, students benefited from high quality work placements to support them with valuable industry insight and experience.

Students undertaking the Extended Diploma in Sport also excelled with 86 percent of candidates achieving a minimum result of Distinction and Merit.

Rachael Hennigan, Vice Principal at Calderdale College, said: “These results are truly outstanding and demonstrate our commitment to delivering the very best learning experience for our students. They not only reached their target grades, but many topped them, which is a huge achievement.

Our Level 3 qualifications, which are equivalent to A Levels, place students in an enviable position for applying for higher education courses, apprenticeships and employment, giving them the skills, passion and experience to make the first step towards their dream career.”

Students enrolling on digital and creative courses this September will benefit from studying in the brand new state-of-the-art DigiHub, launching early next month. The £1.5m creative and media studios will include exciting new facilities, such as a Cyber Security Lab, Motion Capture Studio, Games and Web Design Suite, Animation Studio and Digital Media Studio ensuring students leave with 21st century industry relevant skills for employment.