BTEC Excellence for Student and Staff

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City of Bristol College student, Nneka Hitchcock, studying BTEC Health & Social Care and Rachel Bailey, BTEC Childcare Tutor have won Silver and Bronze awards respectively in the BTEC Awards 2019, recognising their commitment and hard-work this year. 

Nneka Hitchcock was awarded the BTEC Child and Social Care Student of the Year, Silver award for a pro-active approach to her Level 3 Health and Social Care studies as she aspires to become a social worker. 

The journey for Nneka has been inspirational! She joined City of Bristol College with a mixed set of GCSE results, including a disappointing Maths grade, which prevented her from starting her Level 3 studies. Despite this, Nneka has shown persistence and ambition to obtain the results that she needs, doing so with a determination that has left a major impression on her tutors, her peers and industry professionals. Nneka’s recent work placement at Bristol Children's hospital is just one example of this where she has been described as an outstanding learner who goes above and beyond her duties.

City of Bristol College is proud of Nneka’s accomplishments and hope that her journey offers others guidance as she is a role model and a reflection of the sentiment that Further Education Colleges provide for students to achieve their aspirations and goals.

Nneka said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won Silver in the BTEC Child and Social Care Student of the Year Award. Being at City of Bristol College has really helped to increase my confidence and has given me the skills that will lead to my ultimate career of being a social worker. I can’t thank my teachers enough for their support and winning this award has meant the world to me”.  

Rachel Bailey, an exceptional teacher at City of Bristol College within the field of childcare was awarded the BTEC Tutor of the Year, Bronze award which truly epitomises her fantastic 8 years with the college.

As an educator, Rachel is ultimately dedicated to achieving success for all of her learners. The lessons that she provides are engaging, fun and inclusive which ensures all students can learn with confidence and have the autonomy to progress with their education. The award is well-deserved as her success speaks for itself.

Rachel is consistently graded as ‘exceptional’ in her annual observations and her learners often confidently progress to higher level courses. Rachel’s vast experience in the childcare industry shows as she oversees the student’s work placements with great triumph. The portfolio evidence produced from these placements has been commended by a lead EQA as ‘outstanding practice’.

Rachel said: “I was honoured to be nominated for this award and delighted to win a bronze recognition. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching on the childcare programme at City of Bristol College and feel inspired every year by the learners who complete the course on their journey to becoming future Early Years Educators”.

Additionally, Rachel always offers her time to support her colleagues and learners, especially providing encouragement to students with their extracurricular activities and engagement with the community.

Jenna Cains, Head of Department for Social Care Professions at City of Bristol College said: “This is an absolutely wonderful achievement for Nneka and Rachel who have both demonstrated such pride and ambition for themselves but also for the college. Both have worked extremely hard this academic year, and this has been acknowledged through the BTEC award. Nneka in particular has embraced every opportunity provided to her, I feel she is a true reflection of the term 'progression'”. 

Well done Rachel and Nneka for your outstanding achievements.

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