Bath College recently held a special award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of their Access to Higher Education students at the Bath Function Rooms.
The students were presented with their course certificates during a prosecco and canape reception, followed by specially nominated awards.
The Access to Higher Education course provides students with a nationally recognised qualification, and an alternative career pathway for those who want to study at university.
Carolyn Guy, Learning Co-ordinator for the Access to HE department, said: “We are delighted and proud of the outstanding achievements of our Access students who have made fantastic progress this year and are moving on to such a wide range of degrees.
“Many of our students gained the confidence to pursue career goals and ambitions which they would not have thought possible a year ago.
“This event was a celebration of their hard work, determination and success. The students created a culture of excellence and support of one another.”
The top prize of the afternoon was the much coveted Roper Prize, named after Brian and Maggie Roper, who were incredibly generous benefactors of Bath College, who left a legacy gift to recognise the achievements of students, particularly on the Access Course.
This year there were five Roper prize winners, who were nominated by staff for outstanding dedication to their studies.
- Ameka Francis
- Kim Penhey
- Jaydee-Leigh Emery
- Stacey Rawlings
- Joshua Salisbury
Roper Award winner Ameka Francis commented: “I think it’s a wonderful course with really supportive staff and tutors, all of whom are so friendly.
“Everyone wants to help you succeed and you get a sense that they’re rooting for you all the way; it feels like they really care.
“The course allows you to surround yourself with like-minded people who have similar intentions and approachable attitudes, all of which helps to foster the friendly atmosphere.
“Everyone is in the same boat and it feels like we are all in this together, going on this journey, helping and inspiring one another along the way.
“It’s just been amazing; I am going to Uni next year so it has been a success for me.”
Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose attended the awards ceremony to meet students and hand out course certificates.
After presenting the awards, Laurel said: “Listening to the list of universities you have been accepted to I am so proud to hear the depth and breadth of courses you’re going onto.
“The Access Course is very challenging, especially when you have family commitments or similar at the same time. You should all be so proud of yourselves. Congratulations.”