Year 13 pupils from 13 schools attended the two award ceremonies which were held at Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus Great Hall.
The Progression Module is a year-long formal programme of study that has been designed to help pupils investigate the different routes into higher education, increasing their knowledge and understanding whilst preparing them for the experiences they are likely to encounter at university. Pupils who successfully complete the module, delivered this year in 21 schools and colleges across the region during year 12, are awarded 12 UCAS points towards applications for degree courses at Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University and the University of Huddersfield.
A student who did the progression module commented: “I was questioning whether I wanted to go to uni, and then I did it. It was definitely worth everything.”
Speaking at the ceremonies were Professor Kevin Hylton, Head of the Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Leeds Beckett University and Hanzla Asghar, a current postgraduate architecture student who previously completed the progression module at Ryburn Valley High School.
Professor Kevin Hylton said: “I thought both ceremonies went really, really well. It is great to see young people so enthusiastic about their futures, and it was also wonderful to see my old school, Allerton Grange, at the proceedings. As an alumnus of the school, although I didn’t do the progression module, I feel that like the students are much better prepared than I ever was.”
Hanzla Asghar said: It was incredible to give a speech to the students present at the ceremony, as four years ago I was sitting in the Great Hall having completed the Progression Module with Ryburn Valley High School. I have used many of the skills from the module over the last few years and know that students completing it this year will have gained vital skills to equip them for their future choices.”
The schools attending this year’s ceremony were: Airedale Academy, Allerton Grange School, Appleton Academy, Brigshaw High School, Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, Carlton Bolling College, De Warenne Academy, Guiseley School, John Smeaton Academy, Lawnswood School, Minsthorpe Community College, Queensbury School, Ralph Thoresby School, Ryburn Valley High School, Rossington All Saints Academy, Samuel Lister Academy, Serlby Park Academy, St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School, University Academy Keighley, University Technical College Leeds.