November 2010 For immediate release Sixth formers Get Ahead at Leeds Metropolitan

Over 700 sixth form students from across West Yorkshire attended a prestigious graduation ceremony at Leeds Metropolitan University on Friday 12 November to celebrate their completion of the University¶s Progression Module.

Organised by the Get Ahead team at Leeds Metropolitan University, the Progression Module is a year of study at the University designed to help young people in year 12 through the higher education decision making process, allowing them to make informed decisions about their futures and raise their aspirations for entering higher education. The module covers all elements of higher education : from researching potential courses and universities to advice on the application process and managing finances. Students explore their own strengths and weaknesses, develop career action plans, deliver a presentation, take part in a mock interview and construct a personal statement for their application form.

On completion of the module, students are awarded 30 University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) points, which are recognised and accepted for applications to four universities in West Yorkshire, including Leeds Metropolitan.

Project Coordinator, Tina Kennedy, said: ³It¶s great to see the students grow in confidence and ambition through the year. They all work really hard to complete the portfolio of work and the certificates are well deser ved!´

Two ceremonies took place in the Gandhi Hall at the University¶s Headingley Campus. All students were invited onto the stage to receive their certificates and were addressed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Development, Dr Paul Smith and Students' Union Associate President Megan Taylor, who previously worked on the programme as a student ambassador.

Bongami Ngwenya, Clive Zimheni and Luka Salfi (pictured) from Tong High School are now fully confident about applying for university, althoug h that wasn't always the case. Bongami said: "I wasn't really thinking about university to start with but the module started to make me think about what I wanted to do with my life and future. It's been really useful to make me

realise that university is a good option and I now have the confidence to aspire for more."

Luka added: "The module has been really productive and I feel like the graduation day has been suitably momentous."

Kelly-Anne White from Carr Manor School said: "The ceremony was really good. Now I've completed the module, I'll be taking a gap year but will definitely be going to university to study sport therapy in the next few years." Adam Wardman, Head of Humanities at Todmorden High School , commented: "We come from a small town in the Pennines, so the module has been really useful in opening up the pupils' horizons. It also gives them a really good experience in preparation for university, making them think about the processes involved in applying. On another level, it also helps prepar e them for leaving home and becoming adults. The whole module is very useful, with visits to Leeds Met and finding out more about campus life and what a university course involves. I was in the front row watching my students graduate and was very proud of them!"


For further details please contact Carrie Braithwaite in the News and Media team at Leeds Met on 0113 812 3022 or email
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Leeds Metropolitan University has 30,000 students and over 300,000 associate students through its p artnerships with 24 colleges.


The University has achieved its best ever Research Assessment Exercise results. Sports-Related Studies is in the top 6 institutions in the country with research rated at the highest levels of 4* and 3*.


The University¶s award-winning learning environments include the iconic Rose Bowl building, awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property Awards; Broadcasting Place, winner of the 2010 Leeds Architecture Awards New Building category and the pioneering Carnegie Village student accommodation.


Leeds Metropolitan is one of only a handful of UK universities to have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.


The University is home to The UK Centre for Coaching Excellence for sport and disability sport and is 2nd in the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings.

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