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City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form students to benefit from new progression agreement

Photo: City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College Principal Mark Kent with Keele University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Trevor McMillan

Students at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College are set to benefit from guaranteed offers or interviews at Keele and Staffordshire University.

The new initiative aims to encourage students at the Sixth Form College to progress onto higher education, and will include information sessions and workshops offering support to students applying to higher education.

The programme will be introduced to sixth form students through tutorials and the college’s progress coaches, with both *universities offering a place or an interview on their undergraduate courses, with an additional six £500 bursaries being offered to those applying to Staffordshire University.

Keele is also offering Excellence Scholarships worth up to £6,000 to students who achieve the highest grades in their A levels (or equivalent), along with cash bursaries to support students who have a low household income.

Principal of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, Mark Kent, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these fantastic opportunities to our students, and this agreement with Keele University and Staffordshire University is a testament to the strong links we have with both of these illustrious institutions.

“These agreements represent a recognition of the excellent quality of education being delivered both here at the Sixth Form College and both of these universities, along with the high ambitions we have for our students.

“They will open doors to people who may not have otherwise considered studying at university, and allow them to experience a vast range of impressive degree courses that will both challenge and excite our students.”

Keele University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Trevor McMillan, said: “We are delighted to strengthen our links with the City of Stoke Sixth Form College, along with our other regional college partners.

“The progression agreement recognises the quality of the education provided by our partner colleges and helps students make informed and confident choices about their future direction in higher education.”

Staffordshire University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Allan Howells, said: “We’ve always shared strong links with the Sixth Form College as one of our UniQ regeneration partners.

“This progression agreement is a natural continuation of the vision of that project, to work in collaboration to break down barriers in order to give everyone the chance to achieve their full potential.”

Students of all ages who are interested in finding out more about the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College are invited to come along to a special Open Event on Wednesday April 20th which runs from 5pm until 8pm. For more information call 01782 848736 or log on to www.stokesfc.ac.uk

*Excluding medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Social Work at Keele University.

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