Bicton is students' new flexible friend

PUBLISHED: 13:16 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 15 June 2010

STUDENTS from schools across East Devon have achieved NVQ Level 1 vocational qualifications at Bicton College.

STUDENTS from schools across East Devon have achieved NVQ Level 1 vocational qualifications at Bicton College.More than 70 Year 11 students, including candidates from community colleges in Honiton and Axminster achieved success through a partnership programme.They have been attending Bicton College one day a week since September 2006."The Increased Flexibility Programme is a fantastic opportunity for school children to explore a more vocational route alongside their everyday schooling. The 95 per cent pass rate of these Year 11 students is a testament to the general success of the programme," said faculty section manager and school links co-ordinator Selena Burroughs.Bicton College provides the students with the opportunity to follow vocational courses in sport and recreation, horse care, horticulture, land based studies, animal care and agriculture as part of their school curriculum. Adam Hoad, from Kilmington, studied NVQ 1 in horticulture at Bicton College. He said: "I worked two days a week for Sundial Nursery at Offwell, went to college for one day and the other two days I was at school. Now I have a qualification in a subject I really enjoy and I'm going on to do a National Certificate in Horticulture at Bicton College.

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