Bespoke course results in university offers for English language beginners

Bespoke course results in university offers for English language beginners

The creation of a ground-breaking new computing course tailored to students learning English for the first time at Stockport College has resulted in an avalanche of university offers.

Using a unique mix of in-class support and additional English lessons, the learners – who hail from countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Spain – have been able to study a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma IT (Networking and System Support), which is the equivalent of three A-Levels.

Several of the learners now have the chance to take their studies to degree level in computer science, architecture and interior design following the careers support and guidance from learner services and tutors at Stockport College.

Usama progressed to the course from a Level One BTEC in IT and Business. He said: “My English was holding me back from where I wanted to be, but as long as I continued learning English, I was able to join this course. It means a lot to me because I want to go on to study Cybersecurity; this course, this learning, this year means a lot.”

Faheem joined the College’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme of study. He said: “The tutors listen when you need them. They made this course especially for us and gave us a chance to prove ourselves. My family are so happy with me. I have waited such a long time for this.”

Head of Studies for Computing and Digital Apprenticeships Rob McBride designed the programme of study alongside tutor Darryl McInerney. He said: “We’ve offered these students a chance. With the right application and the right teachers behind you to support your studies, you can be successful at Stockport College and realise your ambitions.”