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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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Luke Pickup
Customer Development Manager
​Luke Pickup came to Hopwood Hall College in 1999 to study an Advanced GNVQ in Retail and Distribution.
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Rizwana Ali
Royal Exchange’s Young Company and John Thaw Trainee scheme 2017
Rizwana joined the college as an aspiring actor in 2014, quickly finding employment at Royal Exchange Theatre after finishing her course.
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Adam Bates
Rochdale Hornets RLFC Chief Executive
Adam joined Hopwood Hall College in 2003 studying an Entry to Sport Diploma before becoming the Chief Executive of Rochdale Hornets RLFC in 2016.
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Daryl Cooper
HW3 Mortar with the Royal Marines Reserves at Manchester
Daryl Cooper joined Hopwood Hall College with the aim of building a career in the armed forces. After completing a National Diploma in Uniform Public Services, he began a career in the military and has progressed ever since.
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Sascha Kindred
Swimmer
​Sascha studied Sport 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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Antwi Agyemang
Mechanical Engineering Technician and Support Staff
Antwi completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 2014. Since finishing his qualification, he has secured employment as an Engineering Assistant with Hopwood Hall College.
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Robert Walker
Personal Fitness Instructor at New Mills Leisure Centre and Specialist Instructor at BMF's Walkfit
After a career in the military, Robert studied at our Fitness Academy and was even awarded the prestigious Emerson Award. He has since joined joined New Mills Leisure Centre and BMF's Walkfit.
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Jack Morrison
KPMG360 apprentice (chartered accountant)
Jack spent two years at Hopwood Hall College whilst he studied Level 3 Business, eventually joining the prestigious KPMG360 apprenticeship programme to become a chartered accountant.
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Katie Lennon
Winner of Secret 7” show
Katie studied Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design in 2012/13 and went on to study Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).
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Oliver Elia
Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with Steiner Cruises
After completing his Fitness Academy qualifications, Oliver gained employment with Luxury Cruise Company Steiner.
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Lois McGee
Studying Fine Art and Painting at Kingston University in London
​Lois enrolled onto the Extended National Diploma in Fine Art, going on to study at Kingston University, one of two world-renowned London universities.
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Vincent Ward
Systems Integrator at Cougar Automation, specialising in Industrial Automation
Vincent Ward completed his HNC and HND in Electronic Engineering with Hopwood Hall College and is currently working in industrial automation with Cougar Automation.