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‘Bright spark’ amongst first in UK to gain new electrical qualification

An Oldham College student is not just one of the first nationally to complete a new City and Guilds qualification – he also passed the endpoint assessment with a score of 98 per cent on his first attempt.

Mike Smith arrived at Oldham College as an adult learner, and was one of the early signups to the new City and Guilds 5357-93 Level 3 Electro-technical Diploma (Installation).

He became the college’s first completer, was also one of the first in the UK to complete the diploma and was then entered for the 2.5-day endpoint assessment (AM2S).

Mike passed first time, with a score of 98 per cent. This is an exceptional result, as the AM2S is known as being one of the most difficult endpoint assessments and boasts a reasonably high failure rate. 

“There was quite a lot of work, but Oldham College broke it down nicely,” says Mike, who is now a maintenance electrician at Manchester Grammar School. 

“My tutor was my go-to, and he helped me set achievable targets. 

“I’d definitely recommend the course to others considering it. The course wasn’t easy, but the College made it manageable. They made sure any problems were sorted, so I wasn’t stressed.”

Sean O’Connor, Mike’s tutor, praised his efforts. 

“Mike was a perfect student throughout, who never cancelled a review or missed an assessment”, he said. 

“He performed superbly in every assessment and was very well supported by Manchester Grammar School.”

Mike has since gone on to pass his City and Guilds Level 3 18th Edition Requirements for Electrical Installations.

More students are projected to follow in Mike’s footsteps following the approval of plans for a new £9 million Construction Centre at Oldham College, due for completion in 2020/21.