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Students ‘step up’ to bright futures

Students from across City of Sunderland College have enjoyed a week-long series of events designed to raise aspirations and profile different opportunities.

‘Step up Week’ took place within the College’s Bede, Usworth and St Peter’s Sixth Form Centres, giving hundreds of A-level and vocational students the chance to try something new and think about their own career progression.

Marie Appleton, Aimhigher progression coach at City of Sunderland College, helped to organise the event and said: “Step Up week is an annual event which helps to boost our learner’s confidence for what lies ahead, be it their final year at the College, further study at University or employment.

“We try to offer a diverse range of experiences and information to suite all our students, whatever their current subject choice may be. I’m sure they’ve enjoyed what has been an exciting and fun learning opportunity at City of Sunderland College.”

Last year City of Sunderland College celebrated a 99% pass rate for A-level, 3,384 students completed one of its vocational programmes and 883 of its students went on to study at universities around the UK including Oxford and Cambridge.

In support of its educational services, the College places a significant emphasis on the provision of enrichment activity to add to the student experience, leading it to be the North East’s number one college for student satisfaction levels*.

Throughout Step Up Week, interactive workshops were delivered by professional chefs, offering up tasty recipes for ‘survival cooking’ to prepare learners for life at University and living independently.
Each centre also housed information stands and hosted visits from local employers as well as the Army, the NHS, work experience and voluntary organisations to show different job opportunities.

There was even the chance for students to try their hand at being a Radio DJ at local University station, Spark FM!

The week culminated in a vibrant ‘Around the World in One Day’ multicultural event which was organised by the College’s Racial Equality Focus Group.

Learners at the closing ceremony enjoyed various sports, bite-sized language sessions, an international dance and fashion show and world food tasting sessions.

City of Sunderland College offers a large range of enrichment activities covering a variety of sports, volunteering and fundraising opportunities as well as schemes including the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.


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