News from 2014-2015

  • A Level Computing students in the Top 20!

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    Top-performing Selby College is celebrating after learning that two of their students, Jamie Davenport and William Ray, have achieved two of the 20 highest results in the UK for WJEC GCE A Level Computing.

    The WJEC examination board provides qualifications and exam assessment to schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is the largest provider in Wales and one of the leading providers in England and Northern Ireland.

    It will be the icing on the cake for Jamie Davenport who had already achieved Selby College’s best A Level results for 2015, landing five top grades with A* for Computing, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, as well as A grades in both Chemistry and Physics!

    Cambridge now awaits the former Snaith School student, who will be heading off to read Computer Science at Trinity College from October. After university, Jamie would ultimately like a career in Software Engineering, an area he has been interested in from a young age and is very passionate about. He praised Selby College after getting his results, saying: “All the staff have been brilliant, from help with my university application to exam preparation. I’d like to thank my teachers for all their support and encouragement over the past two years”.

    Keen marathon runner also William Ray can’t wait to start at his top choice Imperial College London in September where he will study Mathematics and Computer Science after achieving three A* grades in Computing, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and an A in Physics. The dream career path for the former Snaith School student would be working at the Google headquarters in California or the British intelligence and security organisation GCHQ, where he is interested in getting a placement next summer. Speaking of his time at Selby College he said: “My lecturers have been brilliant!”

    In recognition of both students’ fantastic achievement, Netcraft, an internet services company based in Bath will be inviting all winners to an event where the company will provide a series of talks and hands-on demonstrations of the work that they do, which includes internet data analysis, defence against fraud, phishing and web application security testing, as well as awarding the students a top-of-the-range Targus laptop rucksack as a prize.

    Steve Fowler, Director of Curriculum at the college said: “Jamie and Will thoroughly deserve their awards. Not only are they very able students but they are also exceptionally hardworking and the college is proud of their achievements and that of other students this year. Credit is also due to their Computing lecturer, Raymond Allen, who put a lot of effort into facilitating their success”.

    Tuesday 25 Aug 2015

  • Selby College’s superstar students secure Cambridge places!


    The success stories came thick and fast on Thursday morning with some very eager students ready and waiting to collect their AS and A Level results from top-performing Selby College at 7.30am, with students achieving an amazing 99.5% overall A Level pass rate, and 21 out of 23 subjects achieving 100% passes!

    The top female result came from former Selby High School student Katie Morris, who achieved A* in Mathematics, A in Physics and Biology and B in Further Mathematics and is looking forward to studying Physics at York University in September. Katie said she had “really enjoyed her time at Selby College”, adding, “it’s a really great place to study, all the teachers are lovely and always want to help you.”


    Cambridge awaits former Snaith School student Jamie Davenport who achieved the best male results, landing five top grades with A* for Computing, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, as well as A grades in both Chemistry and Physics! Jamie will be studying Computer Science, and is keen to ultimately end up with a career in Software Engineering, an area he has been interested in from a young age and is very passionate about. He praised Selby College saying: “All the staff have been brilliant, from help with my university application to exam preparation. I’d like to thank my teachers for all their support and encouragement over the past two years”. Jamie’s mum Carol Sampler said: “It will be a day of celebrations, I am really proud of Jamie, it’s been a long journey from the initial application to getting the result he wanted today but it’s all been worth it!”

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    Other top achievers include Luke Stead who previously attended Selby High School. He is waiting for confirmation of his place at Cambridge University after getting A* in Mathematics, Physics and Further Mathematics and an A in Chemistry. Luke said, “Selby College is a great place to study. I’m really pleased with my results and would like to thank all the staff, particularly those from the college’s Maths Department.”

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    Former Grammar School at Leeds student Laura Birley achieved three A* grades and will be going on to study Law at Manchester University and hopes to eventually become a criminal lawyer. Laura said: “I’ve exceeded all my expectations with my results today. I’m over the moon and I’m really glad all my hard work at Selby College has paid off.”

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    Elsewhere, former Selby High School student Jordan Marshall achieved an amazing four A* grades in his A Levels. Jordan is now going on to study Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. His inspiration to follow this career path comes from both his father and grandad who worked in the Engineering industry. Jordan is really looking forward to university and would like to thank all of his lecturers, saying: “The teaching and support I have received at Selby College has been exceptional.”

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    Another star performer is Amy Swain who studied at Armthorpe Academy in Doncaster prior to coming to Selby College. She is going on to study English Literature at Sheffield University after attaining three A grades. Amy loved her time at College and has had a lot of support from her English lecturer Trish MacLean, who she would like to thank.

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    Marcus Farrar, who previously attended Holy Family School and got A* in Mathematics, A grades in Further Mathematics and Physics, and B in Chemistry is going on to Leeds University to study Mechatronics and Robotics. His ultimate ambition is to work in Engineering but is waiting to decide on what specific area after completing his degree. Marcus said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Selby College, the teaching is great and so are the facilities.”

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    Jake McNair who attended Snaith School, will also be celebrating today after achieving three A* grades and an A. He is going on to study Mathematics at Newcastle University and said of his time at college, “I’ve met some great friends and the staff have been really supportive”.

    Another former Snaith student William Ray was ecstatic to discover he had also achieved three A* grades and an A. The keen marathon runner can’t wait to start at his top choice Imperial College London in September where he will study Mathematics and Computer Science. His dream career would be either working for Google in sunny California or the British intelligence and security organisation GCHQ, where he is interested in getting a placement next summer. Speaking of his results he said: “It is such a relief, I couldn’t sleep last night, but my lecturers have been brilliant!”

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    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the top-performing Yorkshire college said, “I am delighted that our students have once again proven it is possible to gain the highest grades at A Level.”

    Allan added, “There are many reasons to congratulate our students for all they have achieved today, be it because they have gained the university place they wanted or because they have strived for success by setting themselves high personal goals and gone on to achieve these. Selby College consistently achieves some of the highest A Level grades in the country, which ensures our students, are given a choice of which universities and jobs they apply for.”


    Allan added, “I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the students pursuing other types of courses offered by Selby College which can also provide the necessary entry criteria for degrees including BTEC National Diplomas which are the equivalent of three A Levels. We are seeing increasing numbers of high-achieving students now choosing these alternatives to A Levels, by undertaking work-related vocational courses, including Apprenticeships and NVQs, which are both proving fantastic routes to either helping them find work or gain a university place of their choice.”

    Vernon Wells, Chair of Governors at Selby College said, “Yet again, these fantastic student results pay tribute to the hard work of students, the high quality of teaching and learner support and the exceptional world-class facilities available at Selby College. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the college staff for all their hard work in helping students aspire to achieve their goals; allowing them to move into Higher Education at University or similar level courses provided locally by Selby College, to start an Apprenticeship or find work.” 

    Thursday 13 Aug 2015

  • College students bring sunshine to the Courtyard in Goole!

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    Pictured: Back row from left: Travel & Tourism Course Leader Andi Hollingsworth, Travel & Tourism Lecturer Chelsea Harper and Sister Tracy Hambley, third from right, group volunteer Meryll Hayselden, along with Goole Macmillan Cancer Support Group and the Level 3 Year 1 Travel & Tourism Students.

    Students from top-performing Selby College brought a bit of the Costa Del Sol sunshine to the Courtyard in Goole earlier this month.

    Level 3 Year 1 Travel & Tourism students performed a series of holiday dances and held a light-hearted quiz for the Goole Macmillan Cancer Support Group at the Courtyard as part of their unit called ‘Entertainment For Holidaymakers’.  The routines they performed were inspired by places from all around the world.

    Group organiser Sister Tracy Hambley said of the event: “The students performed a very professional holiday entertainer performance which was enhanced by a sunny day. The group joined in and enjoyed it, this was reflected in the students’ faces. It was a very happy experience.”

    Travel & Tourism Lecturer Chelsea Harper said: “It was an excellent opportunity for the students to perform in front of an audience. It brought a sense of realism to the unit, whilst also developing the interpersonal skills of the students which is very important for the Travel & Tourism Industry. It was an extremely fun way for the group to complete their assignment too!”  

    For more information about the Travel & Tourism courses on offer at Selby College please contact Student Services on 01757 211040 or email

    Tuesday 28 Jul 2015

  • Sports Department building foundations with Doncaster Rovers

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    Top-performing Selby College’s links with Doncaster Rovers Football Club Academy have flourished this year. The Sports Department has built on its initial educational links to provide an opportunity for Higher Education students to gain vocational experience, as well as allowing students to work with potential employers on a regular basis through their partnership with the Club’s Education Foundation.

    The Club Doncaster Foundation is a registered charity operating under the umbrella of Doncaster Rovers Football Club, committed to providing a continued participation in sport, activity, training and education.

    On a recent visit to the college, Doncaster Rovers’ Head of Academy Sports Science James Walsh and Academy Physiotherapist Daryl Carter met with Higher Education Sports students to review the theoretical and practical preparation required in leading the fitness testing for the Under 9’s to Under 18’s teams. Development of this link has allowed students to network with sports professionals and put the theory they have learnt into practice.

    The Club’s facilities upgrade has supported further expansion. The Education Foundation runs full-time courses for students aged 16-18 in partnership with Selby College, including BTEC Level 3 provision, with many students progressing on to Higher Education courses at the college such as the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Health Sciences, as well as university.

    Coming to the end of our third year of the partnership, this year saw the Foundation work with over 90 young people, with an additional 140 starting with them in September. All students work towards nationally recognised qualifications and gain work experience coaching as part of the Community department’s school holiday programmes. The Foundation offers students traineeships which gives them the opportunity to gain work experience in nine different areas of the Club, and the Apprenticeship courses have resulted in numerous full-time staff members.

    Selby College Sports Studies Lecturer, Gabriel Horgan, said of the ongoing partnership: “Our students are exceptionally lucky to gain hands-on experience at a professional football club and the opportunities this partnership has created for them are immense. This is one of many ways in which the Sports Department is creating vocationally relevant experiences for our students.”

    Friday 24 Jul 2015

  • Puttin’ on the Ritz: Travel & Tourism students aim for a 5* experience!


    Year 2 Travel and Tourism students from Selby College completed a two-week work placement during their summer term, working in a range of organisations across the region’s Tourism sector.

    The Work Experience unit gives students an opportunity to sample future employment options. They were responsible for preparing the required documentation, before sourcing and completing their placement. Some of the placement providers involved included The Co-operative Travel, Holiday Inn, The Wishing Well in Selby, Monk Fryston Hall Hotel and The Best Western Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel. Whilst on work placement, the students worked closely with the staff they were being mentored by to ensure they developed the appropriate skills, insight and knowledge, which will enhance their employability now they have finished their Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

    Responsibilities undertaken by the students included handling customer enquiries, working alongside hotel events teams, running the reception desk and producing holiday itineraries. The overwhelming feedback from the second years is that they all feel they have grown in confidence and are much more prepared for the working world beyond college!

    A number of students who already had part-time employment in the Tourism sector were also given the opportunity to extend their hours to full time, which gave them the chance to try a role that was new and challenging to them, but still in a familiar setting.

    The first year group also had a very busy week working with Monk Fryston Hall Hotel to develop their interview skills.

    Sharon Mason, Director at Monk Fryston Hall Hotel, very kindly offered to come into college to teach the students about a range of subjects after one of the college’s students was on placement at the hotel. Sharon gave the students an invaluable insight into what employers are looking for when recruiting staff in the tourism and hospitality sector. This included interview skills, an awareness of social media and the responsibility of an online presence and how to relate previous experience to an advertised role.

    Sharon then returned to Selby College to carry out a series of interviews with the students in a role-play environment, giving them the chance to showcase their interview skills. The students spent time researching the hotel before preparing to be interviewed for a role of their choice. They also thought of questions to ask during the interview and dressed professionally for the activity.

    After interviewing, Sharon, supported by Course Leader Andi Hollingsworth, then chose a candidate that she would select for the role. Charlotte Wiles was selected as the winning applicant due to her professional and confident approach. Charlotte was able to identify the skills needed to progress into employment and could talk about her previous experiences and how college had helped her develop.

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    Charlotte won a season pass to Flamingo Land as part of her prize and has also been invited to Monk Fryston Hall Hotel for the day, to shadow the staff and see how a hotel is run on a day-to-day basis.

    Andi Hollingsworth, Travel and Tourism Course Leader for Level 2 and Level 3 said: “This summer term has been a very busy time of year for the Travel & Tourism students, but also a very rewarding one. Not only have the Year 1 group all completed the first nine units of their course, but they have also met industry professionals who can help prepare them for employment next year. They have undertaken activities to give them an insight into what holiday representatives do, and visited Blackpool to investigate how attractions operate. All these things will help them understand the chosen industry they wish to progress into after their studies.”

    He continued, “The reason we include work placements as part of the courses, both at Level 2 and at Level 3, is so that students can meet a range of professionals who work in Tourism so they can see exactly what is required of them as they progress into employment. It is an excellent opportunity for the students to apply what they have learnt in college, to a real-life setting and also develop their skills and industrial insight.”

    So you never know where a course in Travel & Tourism might take you, we might have a future hotelier of the Ritz or the next Alex Polizzi in our midst!

    For more information about the Travel & Tourism courses on offer at Selby College, please contact Student Services on 01757 211040 or email

    Tuesday 21 Jul 2015

  • Aspire salon paves the way in training opportunities


    Last week the Aspire team at Selby College held an open evening from 6-8pm for employers in the local area, to demonstrate the centre’s facilities and what the college can offer salons. Despite a rainy night, hairdressers and prospective Apprentices popped along to enjoy a complimentary glass or two of chilled prosecco and nibbles, and to speak to staff about the training programmes on offer. There were also men’s facial shaving demonstrations by a now qualified student, a grooming treatment that has become increasingly popular in the past few years.


    Business Development Advisor Matt Hoyle from Business Services was on hand to provide more information about the Apprenticeships available through Selby College for salon trainees. Alongside the Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ Diplomas in Hairdressing, other learning programmes available include a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering, which includes a unit on Facial Shaving. Aspire is one the few providers delivering this course in the local area.


    The training salon is also happy to discuss bespoke training programmes to meet the increased business needs of local salons. This might include anything from Prom, Bridal and Hair-Up units, to creative colouring and styling.


    Thanks to everyone who came along on the night. If you were unable to attend this time but would like more information, either on the courses we offer here at Selby or Apprenticeship opportunities, please contact Student Services on 01757 211040. We hope to organise similar evenings in the future to showcase Beauty Therapy so please keep in touch!



    Wednesday 15 Jul 2015

  • Business Studies students discover every little helps!

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    Selby College’s Higher National Diploma in Business Studies group have successfully completed their first year of studies! Throughout the year a range of different units have given them the opportunity to work with employers and develop their knowledge and understanding.

    As part of their Managing Knowledge, Communications and Information unit, the group worked with a Tesco Express store in York, for a live project, which involved developing the store’s communication systems.


    The students had regular visits to the store and also built up ongoing email contact with the store manager. Once the group were familiar with the different systems used by the supermarket they then devised new systems to enhance communications, and met with the Tesco team to put these in place.


    One of the suggestions the first year students had was to move the notice board from the back of the store to the front so that more people would see it in order to improve effective communication with the public. They also recommended a different way to communicate available shifts so that any extra hours could be taken up in advance rather than the manager resorting to ringing round team members at the last minute. The students also came up with a system so that if a customer asked for a product and it was sold out, they could sign up for a notification to be informed when it did come back in stock.

    Unit Tutor Andi Hollingsworth said of the project: “Working with employers gave the group the chance to meet industry professionals and to ensure that the skills and knowledge they were acquiring in college were a true reflection of what employers want.”

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    Daniel Mooring, a first year student said: “I really enjoyed my experience working with Tesco. Thanks to the kindness and experience of the people who worked there, I will treasure my involvement with them.”

    Fellow student Simone Shannon agreed, saying: “Working alongside Tesco helped with the unit as I had more of an insight into how the business works and what Tesco does to promote products. The manager was keen to answer any questions we had and responded quickly to any emails, which enabled us to complete our work by our deadline.”

    Many of the students achieved the unit at Distinction level, and were able to develop a range of higher level skills by working so closely with the employer. It is not often an organisation allows students to develop their systems or allocates so much time to helping them achieve. As a college we are proud that we can offer this opportunity and thank Tesco for their time and support.

    Wednesday 15 Jul 2015

  • Apprentice Powerskills Engineers race to Victory!


    Congratulations to our Powerskills Apprentices who were awarded the trophy for Fastest Senior Team at the Humber Bridge 'Soapbox Derby' on Saturday! Selby College is also celebrating the success of the 14-16 Young Engineers Club, who came 2nd in the Under-16 category. This was a great achievement for the youngsters, especially considering the fact that they had a crash situation on their hands during the second of their three runs! Thanks go to Engineering Lecturer Steve Cook and the department staff involved, as well as the students, for all their hard work in preparation for the race and for making it such a successful day for the college.


    The Humber Bridge ‘Soapbox Derby’ is an annual event for amateur teams, which encourages individual groups, schools, colleges and industry to design and build handmade carts to raise money for charity, and most of all to have fun! Teams of four competed in a variety of creations of different sizes, and had to travel down a 450 metre slip road to the bridge viewing area on Ferriby Road in Hessle.


    Teams and Apprentices with renewable, maritime and transport sector backgrounds are particularly encouraged to take part by the organisers, so this was a great opportunity for the Selby College Engineering Apprentices, as well as members of the Young Engineers Club to get involved with something a bit different. Categories included Best Turned-Out Soapbox Crew, Best Novelty Soapbox Design and Single Fastest Soapbox Race Time.


    The money raised from the 2015 race will go to the HEY Smile Foundation charity which provides skills and resources for smaller charities across Hull and East Yorkshire, to help them develop and become more sustainable. Previous charity partners have included Help For Heroes, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Humber Rescue.


    There were hundreds of spectators at the race and many were keen to find out how staff and students at Selby College had got involved in the event and also to ask questions about Powerskills and our range of Engineering courses. It was the second time that Lecturer Steve Cook had entered a college team, last year taking two junior teams who came away with 2nd and 3rd place in their group. Given the result the students got on Saturday, no doubt the ‘Soapbox Derby’ will become a regular fixture on the Powerskills calendar! 

    Wednesday 8 Jul 2015

  • Powerskills Engineer Student Success

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    Selby College’s Powerskills Engineering and Construction department took the opportunity to promote their courses during a visit to Doncaster Racecourse for the Yorkshire and Humber Big Bang fair on the 23rd June.  This was a day of exciting and interactive activities, quizzes, workshops and experiments, and offered networking opportunities to connect and inspire students to take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. It is part of a major UK-wide programme led by Engineering UK. 

    Students from across the Yorkshire and Humber region descended on Doncaster Racecourse. They had the chance to experience several hands-on activities ranging from handling snakes, to designing wind turbines and racing around Silverstone in an F1 simulator.

    Big Bang Yorkshire and Humber allowed the Powerskills Department to network with many companies including ECITB and TEI and also gave them the chance to present their gravity racer project, which was designed and created from scratch by Selby College’s Apprentices and Young Engineers.

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    The gravity racers will be competing this Saturday 4th July, at the Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby, which is an annual community race organised by Hessle Town Council in association with the Humber Bridge Board and supported by local businesses, schools, colleges and industries. Amateur teams are encouraged to enter their handmade carts, to raise money for The HEY Smile Foundation, have some fun and win prizes.

    Selby College’s Assistant Director of Engineering and Construction, Ian Muir said: “It was great to see students from all parts of Yorkshire and Humberside showing interest in Engineering and Science. The event gave Selby College Powerskills Department the opportunity to make young people aware of the excellent career opportunities available within engineering today.”

    Thursday 2 Jul 2015

  • Celebrating Creative Arts at Annual Student Exhibition

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    Last Thursday evening, the Art, Design & Media department at top-performing Selby College held their annual end of year Visual & Creative Arts Exhibition. The Renaissance Building on campus was transformed into a lively and vibrant multimedia hub featuring gallery spaces, music performances, art installations and video presentations, as well as a huge range of artworks, fashion designs and artefacts.


    All of the college's main programmes were represented at the Exhibition which saw friends and family, former students and teaching staff past and present, gather to celebrate the talented students’ work and their progression throughout the past year. It was also lovely to see the college’s former Fashion Lecturer and founder of Fashion here at Selby, Mary Goldthorpe, come along to support the department.

    The BTEC Music Technology students entertained in the entrance, where welcome drinks and nibbles were provided for guests. The Drama studio displayed examples of the Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts students’ work, including portfolios, props and screenings of their performances for the Theatre in the Round, Showcase and Storytelling units which incorporated a range of mask theatre, musical pieces and monologues.

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    The corridors showcased the striking and emotive photography by Year 2 Art & Design and Photography students from the 2015 Amnesty International, Young Human Rights Photographer Competition that was exhibited at The White Room Gallery in York back in May. Fulfilling the brief to explore perceptions of our human rights, Olivia Fenwick was deservedly announced as Runner-up in the Upper Secondary and Further Education Photography category for her image ‘Prisoner’, while Harriet Winstanley’s image ‘Breathtaking’ also impressed the judges and made it into the top ten.

    Elsewhere, there were displays of pieces made in collaboration with the Engineering department, specifically using the 3D printer, which saw the Extended Diploma Art & Design students develop their ideas alongside the expertise of Engineering staff to create bold and striking sculptural pieces.

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    In the Fashion department the Year 2 Extended Diploma Fashion and Clothing students’ final collections, research projects and portfolios were on show, including Shannon Monaghan’s ‘Crowned Emeralds’ designs that featured on the catwalk at the recent Selby College Fashion Show at Selby Abbey, where she used a combination of latex and feathers to create glamourous and theatrical pieces. The Final Major Project work of the UAL Level 3 Year 1 Diploma Art & Design, Fashion Pathway students was also on display, showing projects of personal exploration which demonstrate the many different faces of fashion. The work included dresses, skirts, separates, jackets and coats inspired by a variety of eras and trends.


    Throughout the exhibition there were also a number of sound and video installations by the Extended Diploma Art & Design students, which visitors could experience and interact with on Apple Mac computer screens, wall projections and through audio accompaniment, exploring the concept that ‘art is more than an image on a wall’. One surprisingly shocking video installation was Hannah McEvoy’s ‘Pomegranate’ based on the theme of war. BTEC Photography students also showcased their work exploring a variety of technical influences, as well as theory, creativity and concepts. Additionally, there were displays of student portfolios and final pieces  featuring graphic design projects such as advertising and logos, animation, digital work, textile collages, life drawing, printmaking, sculpture and painting by both ‘A’ Level Art & Design and UAL Level 3 Diploma students.


    The BTEC Extended Diploma Creative Media Production Year 2 students also showed their final major projects, featuring moving image, radio and still image work, plus videos of the students’ experimental films shown on a loop in the Media room.

    Subject Area Manager for Art, Design and Media at Selby College, Paul Belshaw, said of the event: “Our end-of-year exhibition always gives staff and students a great opportunity to look back over their excellent achievements. This year’s show was a great success and the standard of student work was once again very high. We also received outstanding feedback from our external moderators who were very impressed with the sophistication and individuality of the concepts the students had incorporated into their creative outcomes. Lots of ex-students also come back to see us on the exhibition opening night and it’s great to hear from them just how well they are now doing and how they valued their time at Selby College.”

    Wednesday 1 Jul 2015

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