Congratulations to four of Notre Dame’s upper sixth students who’ve successfully completed the Leeds Beckett University Progression Module.
Ebony Burnell, Darryl Barker Wilkin, Saran Diarra, and Millie Whiteley all completed the year-long structured programme during lower sixth, the aim of which is to support students in their preparation for both higher education and employment.
As the University website explains, “The Module is delivered by tutors within schools and colleges with support given by Leeds Beckett University. Within the Module, students are guided through how to compose a CV, how best to research different courses and how to effectively budget when at university. Students also undertake a mock interview and are assessed on the delivery of a presentation.”
Our students completed all these activities in their own time, working at home and in college during their study periods, supported by Vicci Hamilton, Neil Johnson and Jill Elburn from the Student Support Department.
They have since been awarded a certificate and 12 UCAS tariff points, which are accepted by Leeds Beckett University, the University of Huddersfield, and Leeds Trinity University towards their entry requirements.
In addition to this achievement, 54 of our current upper sixth students took part in a variety of access schemes during lower sixth, of which the Leeds Beckett Progression Module is one example. With the support of the Careers Department and Student Support Team, our students were accepted onto and completed the University of Leeds’s Reach for Excellence Scheme, Next Step York, Sheffield Discover, and the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programme.
All access schemes help students to prepare for higher education study and often lead to a reduced grade offer (for example, a BBB grade requirement could be reduced to BCC). Access schemes involve a variety of activities such as visiting a university campus, completing a range of academic tasks, and online mentoring from an undergraduate student.
Pictured above are Daryll and Ebony with college principal Justine Barlow (left) and achievement tutor Jill Elburn.