Coleg Llandrillo students and their families and friends recently attended an awards ceremony at the college's Rhyl campus to celebrate the students receiving their 'passports to university'!

Nearly 40 students were celebrating after being presented with their qualifications to study at university, after successfully completing their Access to Higher Education (HE) programmes at the college's campus. The ceremony was hosted by Clare Martin, Access to HE co-ordinator, and the special guest was Martin Evans, programme area manager for A-levels at both the Rhyl Sixth and the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus.


The 2017/2018 academic year at the college has been a particularly successful one, with the majority of successful students having now received course offers from their first choice university.


The Access to Higher Education programme has been provided by Coleg Llandrillo for over 25 years. It is a flexible programme which is designed for adults who have few, if any, school qualifications, but who wish to prepare for university-level study.


After a variety of introductory course awards, ranging from 'Best Extended Essay' to 'Most Improved Student', were presented, it was time for the individual academic stars of the group to be honoured. Four students were highlighted for their academic excellence, but only one of them could take home the 'Student of the Year' trophy.

The shortlisted finalists were Samantha Ellis, Gabrielle Dillon and Neil Hardin (all from Rhyl), along with Imogen Roberts from Denbigh, After earlier intense deliberation by the course tutors, Imogen was announced as the 'Student of the Year'.

Former legal secretary Imogen, 20, decided that she wanted a change in career, but didn't have the qualifications to train to be a midwife. The Access to HE course gave her the chance to fulfil her dream. She has now been accepted to study for a degree on the hotly-contested Midwifery course at Bangor University.

Imogen said:

The course has helped to ease me back into education in preparation for university study. I would definitely recommend the course and the college for anyone wanting to achieve their goals and dreams. It has opened a lot of doors for me.

Samantha Ellis worked full-time as a sales adviser before joining the course. She now plans to study for a degree in adult nursing at Bangor University. Gabrielle Dillon was working full-time (up to 60 hours a week) whilst also looking after her 3-year-old child. She will be commencing on a Law with History degree in September. Last but not least, Neil Hardin, who was employed within the field of architecture, will now be studying Radiography at Cardiff University.

Clare Martin, Access to Higher Education co-ordinator at Coleg Llandrillo's Rhyl campus, said:

The Access to Higher Education programme is a dynamic route to university for mature students who are looking for a change in direction in their career, or who may not have the traditional entry qualifications to study for a degree.

Doing an Access to HE course is a challenging, yet life-changing experience. I am so proud of all our students at Rhyl who have come back into education as adults and are now heading to university to pursue new career paths.

For more information on the Access to Higher Education courses, or any other courses at Coleg Llandrillo's Rhyl campus, contact the college on 01745 354 797.