Friday, January 26th, 2018.

Potential Excelsior College students

Excelsior Academy students (l to r) Yuri Neves, Sophie Hobson and Umar Muhammad

February is a big month for Excelsior College as it throws open its doors to pupils making the huge decision about life after completing their GCSEs.

And Year 11 pupils Yuri Neves, Sophie Hobson and Umar Muhammad – all aged 15 – are just some of the pupils working hard to secure their places in Excelsior Academy’s sixth form college in September.

Teachers are making it easy for pupils and parents to find out more about courses and life at Excelsior College with a series of events – called Pathway Evenings – beginning next week.

The college will be open from 6pm to 7.30pm on Thursday February 1st for students thinking of studying for A Levels next September.

Events will follow on February 8th and February 22nd for students looking at studying for BTEC qualifications and CoPE/Level 1 learners.

There’ll be loads of support and advice to hand from teachers and sixth form college students currently studying for their exams.

Excelsior College students and staff celebrated record breaking A Level and vocational exam success last summer, with a 100% pass rate for all A Level students and a 100% pass rate for all vocational qualification students. As a result, record numbers of students are now studying at their university of choice.

Umar said: “I want to come to Excelsior College to do A Levels in maths, physics and engineering to get into automotive engineering, I’m interested in the aerodynamics of cars.

“I just like cars a lot, they are my biggest inspiration and I’d love to work with them. I want to come to Excelsior College because all the teachers and staff are really nice and they offer you a lot of support whenever it’s needed.

“If you need anything, they will provide you with it straight away.”

Keen portrait artist Sophie is looking to further her passion for painting in A Level art along with studying maths.

And Yuri has big plans to put his psychology, English language and biology A Level studies at Excelsior College to maximum use.

“I want to get a doctor’s degree in psychology to be a psychologist,” he said. “I’m interested in knowing what goes on in people’s minds, I want to understand what people think because I think that brings us closer together.

“I’m familiar with most of the teachers in college, I get along with them very well and many of my friends are in sixth form college and they love it.”

Excelsior College Principal Claire Goodwill said: “Our Pathway Evenings give pupils and parents the opportunity to meet with staff and current students, to find out more about our courses and college life and our outstanding track record of supporting students into higher education, apprenticeships and employment.”

The Pathways Evening to be held in Excelsior College are as follows:

Thursday 1st  February 2018 (6pm – 7:30pm) – Pathway A (A Levels)

Thursday 8th February 2018 (6pm-7:30pm) – Pathway B (BTECS Level 2&3)

Thursday 22nd February 2018 (12pm – 3pm) Pathway C (CoPE / Level 1 learners)

For more information about Excelsior College, please go to: http://excelsiornewcastle.org.uk/excelsior-college/