A SERIES of events held at Priestley have given students a greater insight into what it takes to reach university or gain employment.
Choices Week saw 11 universities and representatives from a number of companies meet students to discuss their futures.
There were also four activities focussed on apprenticeships and former Priestley students who are now at university offered advice to those looking at continuing their education after college.
“The aim was to give the current intake an opportunity to talk with former students, universities and employers about apprenticeships and the different progression routes that are open to them,” said Mark Eccleston.
Manchester Metropolitan, Chester, Liverpool John Moores, Leeds and Oxford universities were among those represented at Priestley College during Choices Week.
Those offering advice on apprenticeships included CITB Construction, Warrington Borough Council, Sellafield and TTE Engineering.
Staff from Futureworks – which provides higher education courses in animation and games design – met Priestley’s BTEC Game Design year one group.
Head of Games at Futureworks Ken Lau and lecturers Ben Hill and Mark Penman gave a talk on their own personal work in the video games industry.
They also showed a range of work from their current graduating students including former Priestley learners Josh Campher and Hollie Caddock. The students also enjoyed a practical game design task, collaborating with each other in generating creative game ideas.
During Choices Week geography students heard from Professor Andy Platter, a lecturer at Liverpool University, whose talk was entitled ‘The Day The Earth Moved’.
“This is the start of the 2014 UCAS application process for our students,” said Mark Eccleston.
“Students are currently writing up their personal statements and Choices Week gave them the opportunity to ask questions about the process and get a better idea of what is expected of them.”