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Honours Programme

Our Honours Programme identifies high-achieving and talented students, enabling them to access events which will help prepare them for higher education.

Focusing on Russell Group universities, Conservatoires and higher apprenticeships, the Honours Programme ensures our aspirational students are fully equipped to further their education at a prestigious university or take their next step into industry.

The college is committed to recognising high-achieving students as early as possible, ensuring that they are given specialist support and guidance to enhance their pathways after completing their qualifications at college.

Honours students are chosen based on their GCSE grades and attitude to learning. To be selected, students must have achieved 6s or above in at least 5 GCSE subjects upon joining the college, and also demonstrate dedication to learning and excellence. Although many Honours students aspire to continue their educational journey at a prestigious university, the programme also includes a variety of sessions which pertain to those searching for a coveted higher apprenticeship or wanting to go straight into industry.

Based on the goals of this year's selection of Honours students, the sessions have been designed to include employability skill workshops, specialist sessions on CV and personal statement writing, and trips to higher education institutions nationwide.

Meet some of our gifted and talented students!

Some of these students are keen on to further their academic qualification or creative talents at higher education, while others strive to become leading industry professionals with both national and global aspirations.

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Jesse Reed L3 Games Design 3

Jesse Reed

Despite achieving amazing grades in her GCSEs, Jesse wanted a fresh start after high school and could not wait to get started on a course that would kickstart her dream career in the games design industry. Seeing Jesse’s passion and natural aptitude as a scholar, Jesse was invited to participate in the Honours Programme, where she is now looking at which pathway would suit her career goals best. She said:

“I had always thought that I might like to go to university and I still am considering this as an option, but the Honours Programme has also shown me the fantastic Higher Apprenticeships that I could apply for, too. My tutors are so supportive and friendly, and I am so grateful that I chose to come to this college. Looking back, I can’t believe how far I have come.”

Harvey Lee Ford

When looking at potential future careers, former Beamont Collegiate Academy pupil Harvey Lee Ford found that electrical installation sparked his curiosity. Although the specialist facilities were a major factor in Harvey’s choice to study at the college, it was his older sister’s recommendation that inspired Harvey to join us last September. He said:

“Ever since my sister came to Warrington & Vale Royal College, all I would hear is about how great it was. Then, they helped her find the perfect apprenticeship and that’s when I knew that I wanted to do the same. I know I have made the right choice as I have settled in really quickly and I am already being recognised for my hard work!”

Harvey has not only impressed with his tenacious and ambitious attitude to learning, but his outstanding academic achievements have landed him on the college’s Honours Programme, too!

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Lauren Edwards L2 Hospitality and Catering 3

Lauren Edwards

Lauren, one of the college's Level 2 Hospitality & Catering students, knew immediately that she had found her perfect course due to its uniquely broad focus on professional cookery and front-of-house service. Lauren came to the college with outstanding grades and it was not long after she began that Lauren was hand-picked for the Honours Programme, where she will be given guidance on employability skills and networking to enhance her chances of success in the hospitality sector. She said:

“When I was growing up, going to restaurants was always a magical experience. I want a job where I can do this for other people. Being able to work in the restaurant as part of my course is opening so many doors and, with the Honours Programme, I am learning more than you can teach in the classroom."