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College’s First Honours Degree Students Graduate

Updated: 08/11/2016

The first students to graduate with honours degrees from The Sheffield College have celebrated their achievements at a ceremony in the city.

College’s First Honours Degree Students Graduate

Pictured: Daniel Roberts and William Foulds, both 21, have graduated with first class honours degrees from The Sheffield College.

The graduation ceremony is held every year for College students who have successfully completed a range of university level qualifications.

Students wore traditional robes and received their scrolls at Sheffield Cathedral on Friday November 4th. Around 230 students and their families attended.

Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: “I am proud of our students’ success, and the first class achievements of our very first honours degree graduates.”

He added: “Our university level courses blend academic knowledge with the latest vocational skills needed by employers, boosting our students’ career prospects and supporting regional economic growth.”

This is the first year that some of the students, 27 in total, have graduated with full honours after the first of those qualifications launched at the College last year. 

Others have completed foundation degrees - which are two years of an honours degree – and higher national diplomas and certificates. To apply for September 2017, visit http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/University-Centre or call 0114 2602600.

They include top achievers Daniel Roberts, 21, and William Foulds, 21, who have both gained a first class BA Honours Degree in Creative Practice.

Daniel is now working as a graphic designer with the Angling Publications magazine publisher in Sheffield. His final year project involved creating a street art and graffiti magazine combining photography with graphic design skills.

Daniel said: “It’s a great feeling to celebrate getting this far, and to see my friends and tutors again. I stayed on at the College because of the industry expertise and enthusiasm of the tutors, the work experience placements and the lower tuition fees.”

He added: “The staff have a real passion for design and strong industry connections – they really go the extra mile - and that has helped me prepare for the briefs set in the workplace.”

William is working part-time as a technician at the Site Gallery in Sheffield and has a keen interest in architectural photography. His final year project involved creating a photography and video exhibition on post war social housing estates including Park Hill and Gleadless Valley.

He is working on a new photo collection documenting the Lowedges estate, which can be viewed under the Instagram handle @brutalist_sheffield until January 4th 2017 with a book being published next year.

William said: “It’s great to be able to get a full degree at College and I am really pleased with the results. I was keen to continue my studies at the College because I knew the tutors and felt settled in that environment after previously spending two years completing a foundation degree.”

Key facts

  • Around 500 students are completing full-time and part-time university level courses at the College in 20 different subjects, which are recognised by universities and employers and professional bodies. Foundation degrees cost £6,500 annually for full-time study. 
  • BA Honours Degree subjects offered at the College for September 2017 include business management, digital journalism, drama, events management, graphic design, media make-up artistry, music performance and production, media production, musical theatre, sport management and photography.
  • This year’s graduates have completed university level qualifications in animal management, business management and enterprise, civil engineering, construction, creative media production, education, environmental conservation, events and tourism management, graphic design, health and social care, manufacturing engineering, media production, music, performing arts, photography, public services and sports and exercise coaching.