Student Stories

Jenna

I studied Childcare and Health and Social Care in the Sixth Form and achieved Level 3 Distinctions in both. My results and placement experiences meant I was accepted to study at Edge Hill University where I’m about to start my third year.

The placement opportunities at (Lifebank Children’s Centre, St Sebastian’s Primary School and Pinehurst Primary) provided by NLA Sixth Form were crucial to getting me where I am today.

I was an active member of the Sixth Form as a prefect and a member of the school council. Opportunities such as these and support and encouragement from teachers and students gave me the confidence to overcome any disability barriers to thrive as a confident and successful member of the Sixth Form.

Emma

I’m a staff nurse on a surgical ward, caring for patients with breast, endocrine and ophthalmic conditions. Most of my patients are day case or post-surgery, others require drug preparation for their operations, emergency treatment due to an underlying condition or complications from treatments and surgeries.

I knew that I wanted to work in the health service after university, so during my time at NLA Sixth Form I studied A-Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Psychology, which enabled me to progress to university and take up my current role.

Nursing is a vocation that depends entirely on teamwork, time-management, hard-work, and empathy. It’s as rewarding as it is stressful, but the good days, the gratitude, are well worth it.

Francis

I was a student at NLA Sixth Form in 2012-14 where I gained two Level 3 BTECs. I progressed to study Sports Development at Liverpool John Moores University.

After completing my degree, I decided to embark on a PGCE at Edge Hill University, which gave me the skills to become a youth coordinator at Liverpool Football Club, which is where I’m now based. Today, I deliver the joint LFC and Home Office project in local schools including North Liverpool Academy, my old high school and Sixth Form!

Otis

My love for engineering began at GCSE and I decided to utilise my skills by studying A-level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Product Design at NLA Sixth Form.

As part of NLA Sixth Form, I had many opportunities to lead and collaborate on projects including Formula Student, a national and international project to build a fully functioning Formula 1 style car. Teamwork is imperative to a project like this – as it is to engineering as a whole – all the components must come together to make the overall product, which means that you have to communicate with, trust and rely on each other.

My A-level success meant that I was accepted to study Engineering at the University of Liverpool – which has opened up so many horizons for me, as I gained a Masters in Mechanical Engineering shortly after.  NLA fuelled my passion for engineering and has helped me be as successful as I am today.

This summer I’ll be starting a new job at Atkins, an engineering company working in the nuclear sector. I hope that by applying my knowledge while working in this industry I can make a real difference to the world through design and engineering.