GSM London recently hosted the first ever higher education open day for students studying for a BTEC qualification. Our vocational degrees have much in common with the qualification – a focus on practical skills, continuous assessment – which is why creating links with these students is important to us.
The open day took place at our Greenford campus and was a great success. It aimed to give students an insight into higher education to help them make the progression from college to university. For level 3 BTEC students we believe that transition can be quite seamless.
Neil Jones, Senior Admissions tutor, explains: “We take pride that our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and educational pathways. BTEC students in particular already have a good grounding in the type of vocational qualification that we offer. They are used to practical, ‘hands on’ study. For example, many assignments share a similar focus on project proposals and business plans.”
The open day started with refreshments and a welcome talk. Students then met the teams to discuss their course choices in more depth. This is an opportunity to find out more about the application process and to get advice on careers goals from the experts.
Lal Joshi, Head of Outreach and Partner Liaison, explains: “We ensure that our open days provide an individual and intimate experience. That’s because we understand how important it is for potential students to discuss their options with a subject lecturer before selecting a course.”
It’s a view that potential students, currently studying BTEC agree with.
Abdiraza Mohammoud, Level 3 Applied Science, said: “I’d like to study Computer Science and hope to follow a career in this area. I found the open day very interesting and Asim (Asim Majeed, Head of Computer Science) has been very helpful.”
Mohammed Abukar, Level 3 Applied Science, said: “I will probably study Computer Science, although I’m still considering Law. Today has been very productive. It’s given me a lot more confidence for when I make the decision about my course. The opportunity to talk one-to-one has been really useful.”
Keama Markland, Level 3, said: “I’m here to get as much information as possible. I’m still in education, following catering. However I want to broaden my skills and study Events Management.”
Neha Shaida, Level 3, said: “I was originally considering a career in Dentistry but I decided that I wanted to broaden my scope. I’m interested in Events Management as I’d like to travel. I’m here to get more information too.”