College Merthyr Tydfil student Kate Gibson shortlisted for British Education Award 2019


Kate Gibson, former BTEC Applied Science student at The College Merthyr Tydfil, has been shortlisted for the prestigious British Education Awards.

Now in its third year, British Education Awards (BEA) celebrates the academic and extracurricular achievements of students in the UK.

Kate, who is a finalist within the Wales Vocational category, previously studied at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, prior to enrolling on a BTEC Applied Science course at the college in September 2016. Kate completed the course in the summer of 2018, achieving an outstanding D*D*D* and providing her with the outcomes she needed to successfully progress on to a Physiotherapy degree at Cardiff University. Kate, who was also awarded the college’s Applied Science Award for 2018, comments The BTEC Applied Science course suited my way of learning as the knowledge learnt was supported and reinforced by practical tasks. The support I received from the dedicated staff and college’s Bilingual Champion throughout the course was excellent and this eased the transition from a Welsh medium school into the college. I am really enjoying studying Physiotherapy at Cardiff University and am delighted to be a shortlist for this national BEA Award.”

Kate is among seventy-six candidates shortlisted for the 2019 awards, with the winners due to be announced this evening at an official ceremony at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate. Awards will be presented to winners in five regions, including England (divided into two zones), Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; and within four categories – GCSE or Scottish National 5, A Level or Scottish Advanced Higher, Vocational and Degree.


Special Achievement Awards will also be presented to specially selected students in recognition of the exceptional challenges they have overcome during the course of their studies.

Students are also judged on their extracurricular responsibilities, which may be anything from running an after school club and volunteering in the community, to dedication to sports and the arts.

British Education Awards organiser, Amin Chowdhury said: “This year’s British Education Awards Finalists have shown an admirable level of focus and dedication to their studies, invariably balancing demanding timetables of external activities alongside their official curriculum to achieve incredible academic results.   

“We are extremely proud to be able to honour them at the third British Education Awards and hope that, as BEA Ambassadors, their example will encourage others to make the most of the education and learning opportunities available here in Britain.”

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Notes for Editors

1. British Education Awards (BEA) is a not-for-profit organisation which has been established to promote excellence in British education by celebrating student achievement with the aim of inspiring the pursuit of learning. For more information, visit

2. BEA winners are Ambassadors for British education and by highlighting these success stories BEA promotes the merits of a British education on both a national and international platform.

3. Follow British Education Awards on Twitter at @BEAawards, on Facebook at britisheducationawards, and Instagram at @british_education_awards.

4. For finalist please visit

5. For individual student info please visit

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