One of Bolton’s most popular colleges have shown that “its not all about A Levels” as students celebrate getting qualifications in practical subjects.

Bolton College says that T-Levels, which cover subjects like childcare, nursing and engineering are a real alternative to A Levels.

Today students from all walks of life with all kinds of plans for the future are celebrating their results.

Principal Bill Webster said: “Today is a day purely for celebrating the success of our learners.

“Tomorrow’s discussions needs to focus on parity of esteem in the qualifications on offer.

“It's not all about A-Levels.

The Bolton News: Principal Bill WebsterPrincipal Bill Webster (Image: Bolton College)

“There are real alternatives that can offer a level of work experience and ongoing employment opportunities not found via that traditional route.”

Bolton College, based on Deane Road, specialises in vocational and further education training for young people between the ages of 16 and 18.

As well as T-Levels, it also teachers apprenticeships and is involved in adult learning.

Students at Bolton College include 17-year-old Tegan Neal who has completed her first year in a T Level in Early Years and Childcare and hopes to pursue a career in the field.

The Bolton News: Tegan NealTegan Neal (Image: Bolton College)

Tia Colclough, 18, has just finished her T-Level in Nursing and hopes to go on to study at Bedforshire University to become a paramedic.

The Bolton News: Tia ColcloughTia Colclough (Image: Bolton College)

Already distinguished as one of Bolton College’s best performing students in 18-year-old Michael Walker who earned a triple distinction and is going to UCLAN to study forensic science and criminal investigation. 

The Bolton News: Michael WalkerMichael Walker (Image: Bolton College)

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Another triple distinction winner is Brandon Foster, 18, who studied for a BTEC and now plans to study motorsport engineering at the University of Derby.

The Bolton News: Brandon FosterBrandon Foster (Image: Bolton College)

Mr Webster hopes that his student’s success will show just how valuable vocational qualifications can be and the huge diversity of careers that they can lead on to.

He said: “We need more recognition for the teachers and employers who have worked hard to make vocational qualifications a success.

“And we need more people to champion T-Levels, from the families who support young people on this track, to the biggest employers such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Bolton NHS who are already on board with us."