A Denbigh student has been named the best of the year at a Coleg Llandrillo Menai awards ceremony.

Imogen Roberts, 20 received the award for 'Student of the Year' at a Rhyl College ceremony, celebrating about 40 students completing their access to higher education programmes.

Former legal secretary Imogen, 20, decided that she wanted a change in career, but didn’t have the qualifications to train to be a midwife - she has now been accepted to study for a degree in Midwifery at Bangor University.

Imogen said: “The course has helped to ease me back into education in preparation for university study. I would definitely recommend the course and the college for anyone wanting to achieve their goals and dreams.

"It has opened a lot of doors for me.”

The ceremony was hosted by Clare Martin, course co-ordinator at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhyl campus,with special guest Martin Evans, programme area manager for A-levels at both the Rhyl Sixth and the college’s Rhos-on-Sea campus.

The 2017/2018 academic year at the college has been a particularly successful one, with the majority of successful students having now received course offers from their first choice university. The programme offers a route to university for mature students who are looking for a career change or who may not have the typical entry qualifications to study for a degree.

After a variety of introductory course awards, ranging from 'Best Extended Essay’ to ‘Most Improved Student’, four students were shortlisted for 'Student of the Year, with Rhyl students Samantha Ellis, Gabrielle Dillon and Neil Hardin joining Imogen, before having their work highlighted ahead of the final decision.

Ms Martin, said: “Doing an Access to HE course is a challenging, yet life-changing experience. I am so proud of all our students at Rhyl who have come back into education as adults and are now heading to university to pursue new career paths.”