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Alumni

We ensure that our students earn more than qualifications during their time with us because there's more to life than that. It's about your passions and dreams, and when this is combined with the right course and great staff, amazing things can happen. While qualifications are incredibly important, so are the skills needed to get a job and achieve your potential. We help you achieve that and some of our former students have gone on to do great things. See for yourself.

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Nicola Adams
Boxer
Nicola studied a BTEC National Diploma in Sport in 2007-2008 at Hopwood before going on to win a Boxing Gold Medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
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Shafique Ahmed
Hairdresser
Shafique began studying for an NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing at Hopwood Hall College in 2000 after improving his English skills on an ESOL course.
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Mafia Begum
Procurement Purchasing Engineer
Mafia studied Accountancy at Hopwood Hall between 2006 and 2008. She found that the college offered the best course for what she wanted to achieve in the future.
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Stuart Bithell
Sailer (470 dingy class)
Stuart studied Sport Science at Hopwood Hall College and in 2012 won an Olympic Silver Medal in sailing (470 dingy class).
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Clint Boon
Presenter/DJ
​Clint studied Fine Art at Hopwood Hall to find something different from the unimaginative career choices offered by school careers advisers.
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Emma Chadwick
Florist
​Emma studied a Fashion and Textiles BTEC Diploma, followed by a Textiles HND, both at Hopwood Hall, to encourage her creativity and career skills.
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Laura Dearden and Samantha Heapy
Police Community Support Officers
​Laura Dearden and Samantha Heapy both studied the UPS course.
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Holly Espie
Football Coach and Football Development Officer
When Holly started at Hopwood Hall College in 2009, aged 16, she knew that she wanted to teach Sport in colleges.
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Mark Hilton
News Technician
​Mark Hilton enrolled on the BTEC Media course at Hopwood Hall College in 2002 having underachieved at school and worked in a series of uninspiring jobs to find a new challenge.
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Sascha Kindred
Swimmer
​Sascha studied Sport at Hopwood Hall because of his love for swimming and desire to achieve his dreams. He is now an incredibly successful athlete, competing around the world at the highest level.
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Luke Pickup
Customer Development Manager
​Luke Pickup came to Hopwood Hall College in 1999 to study an Advanced GNVQ in Retail and Distribution.