A west Dorset student is celebrating success after being crowned student of the year and securing his dream job.

Luke Bearpark, from Charmouth, was one of nine students studying at Exeter College who was recognised as an awards ceremony in Westminster in July.

The event celebrates exceptional BTEC students and apprentices and Luke was named BTEC student of the year for hospitality, travel and tourism.

Luke, who has now secured employment as international cabin crew with British Airways, was delighted to pick up the award.

He said: “It’s an amazing feeling to have been given this award.

“It was so surreal to be called up on stage at this great event and be recognised with a national award. The lecturers have had a massive impact on my studies because they’re all specialists in their fields and they’ve definitely helped me during my time at college.

“It has always been my dream to work in cabin crew and I don’t think I would have got my job at British Airways if it wasn’t for Exeter College. I am going to be doing the job I’ve always wanted to do for years - it is really exciting.”

Joanna Watkins, a lecturer on the travel and tourism course at the college, has worked with Luke throughout his studies.

She said: “Luke is a shining example of vocational excellence.

“We’re so proud of Luke for receiving this award and we’re delighted he has followed up this achievement by securing his dream job with British Airways.”

The awards were organised by education company Pearson.

Rod Bristow, the company’s UK president, said: “All those that won this year deserve huge congratulations and stand every chance to continuing that success into the careers they are now ready to start.

“This year’s awards are a fantastic celebration of them, alongside the schools, colleges, universities, training providers and employers who have underpinned their efforts.”