Results Day 2020Back
Today, August 13th, is A level and AGQ results day. Below you can see reaction, news, and case studies from our member colleges as they celebrate the achievements of their incredibly resilient students.
Bede Sixth Form College, Stockton
Two Bede Sixth Form College students have secured football scholarships in the US. Brooke Slater (below left), 18, from Billingham, is off to Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, to study exercise science, while Callum McKinlay (below right), 18, from Ingleby Barwick, will be studying the same degree subject but at Missouri Baptist University. He said: “It has all been very quick. With all that’s been going on I didn’t think I would be going until Christmas and then all of a sudden it was all happening.” Both received triple distinction star results today.
Maria Farhat (below left), also at Bede Sixth Form, achieved a double distinction star in Health and Social Care and a distinction in Applied Science today, and is moving on to Teesside University to study Biomedical Science. Jagraj Singh (below right), achieved a triple distinction star in Public Services; he's now also going to Teesside University to study professional policing. Of completing his course in lockdown, he said: “I was a bit nervous about what would happen, but we had to work from home and I was given loads of support. It isn’t the same working from home but the college did a very good job.”
Bexhill Sixth Form College
Bexhill College has continued its long history of success with another year of excellent results, which continue to highlight its status as a top-performing college. The pass rate at A level is 99.4%, with 32 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate. Students studying the AGQ Level 3 Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A levels, also achieved a 99.5% pass rate with many high grades. Many students achieved triple distinction stars, which is equivalent to three A* grades at A level. These results mean that students on these vocational courses have also been able to access courses at leading universities. In addition, prior to lockdown, students celebrated many achievements such as gaining awards in economics, securing football scholarships in the USA, and winning competitions in politics and geology.
Despite the disruptions and uncertainty Covid-19 has brought this academic year, staff and students have continued to work hard to complete their studies online. Throughout lockdown, students continued to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents, including via a virtual Creative Arts Exhibition showcasing the high-quality work of students studying fine art, art & design, photography, textiles, graphic design, and fashion. Performing arts students were unable to perform this year’s musical live in June as planned, so they created an inspiring online rendition of ‘Come to my Garden’ from 'The Secret Garden'. Students also took part in the national SFCA Art Exhibition depicting lockdown, At Home.
The Blackpool Sixth Form College
Blackpool Sixth students and staff are once again celebrating a brilliant set of A level and BTEC level 3 results. 50 courses had a 100% pass rate and overall high grades for Level 3 subjects have increased again. Amongst the students celebrating spectacular A level results is James Farrow who achieved four A* grades in maths, further maths, history and French. James will now study history and French at Oxford. Also joining James at Oxford will be Sam Heap, who achieved a clean sweep of A* grades in biology, chemistry and maths to secure his place to read chemistry.
In June, Blackpool Sixth received the national BTEC College of the Year award. Once again BTEC and vocational programme students excelled with an exceptionally high number of distinction star grades. This includes Liv Lang, who intends to use her triple distinction star in BTEC Level 3 Health and Social care to study midwifery at university after a gap year, and Cameron Cregg, whose triple distinction star in BTEC Level 3 Sport will set him on course for success with his plans to enter employment followed by university next year.
The Sixth Form Bolton
Staff and students at The Sixth Form Bolton are celebrating yet another year of outstanding A level results, again outperforming national results. The Sixth Form received an overall 99% pass rate for A Levels with 50 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate and a 7% rise in higher grade passes, while 98% of BTEC National Diploma students achieved higher grade passes.
Some particularly successful students include:
- Arshad Tailor (below left), who achieved A*A*DS* in A level Accounting and Mathematics and Level 3 BTEC Information Technology, and has earned a place at The University of Manchester studying Accounting and Finance.
- Kathryn Orobosa-Ogbeide (below centre), who achieved excellent grades in A Level Chemistry, Physical Education and Biology and is going to University of Liverpool to study medicine.
- Charlotte Burchill, who achieved A* A* A in History, English Literature and Threatre Studies & Drama. Charlotte has earned a place at Lancaster University studying History & International Relations.
- Winner Gospel (below right), who has earned a place studying Medicine at the University of Hull after achieving ABB in A level Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry.
- Mohammad-Adnan Aftab, who achieved triple D* in Level 3 BTEC Extended Business. Mohammad-Adnan has earned a place at Manchester Metropolitan University studying Criminology.
BSix, the Brooke House Sixth Form College, Hackney
Students on both A level and vocational qualifications have received amazing results at BSix. Among them are Mia Aleksandra Clarke (below left), who came to the college from a Pupil Referral Unit to re-sit her GCSEs, and who has now achieved A*AA and a place at Oxford to study History; Oceanwaves Balysma (below centre), who started his time at the college on a Level 2 Media course, has just received a Distinction in Level 3 Creative Media, and is now going on to Birmingham to study journalism; and Shamonique Lee (below right), who came to the college on a Level 1 Business course as a looked-after child from overseas, who has just gradiated with D*DD in her BTEC Level 3 Business course and will go on to the University of Law. You can read even more amazing case studies from BSix in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College
Emily Hirst (below left) has achieved 3 A*s and an A in her A levels and will be studying Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. Emily was an outstanding student, who did work experience at Nexperia, which gave her a valuable insight into her chosen career path.
Emily Douglas (below right) achieved a D*D*D in Health & Social Care. She is going on to study Forensic Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.
City and Islington Sixth Form College
At City and Islington Sixth Form College, students are celebrating their A Level results after overcoming the ‘most challenging year’ in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Many students achieved A-C grades and have gained places at many of the country’s top universities including Cambridge, Durham, UCL, LSE, Imperial College London, Queen Mary, King’s College London and Exeter. Top-performing students include:
- Lydia Dixie Ward, who attained four A*s in politics, English literature, sociology, and EPQ, and is heading to the University of Cambridge
- Mohammed Radwan, who gained three A*s in computing, maths, and further maths and a B in physics, and is going to Kings College London to study computer science
- Alex Stanley, who attained two A*s in history and politics and an A in English literature, and is heading to the University of Exeter to study politics, philosophy and economics
- Megan Oldham, who is going to Durham University to study biosciences after attaining an A* in psychology and three As in biology, chemistry, and maths
Durham Sixth Form Centre
Durham Sixth Form Centre has again achieved a 100% A-Level pass rate, with an average A-level grade of a grade B, and almost 60% of A Level entries awarded a grade A*-B. Vocational results are very strong, too, with over 97% of students achieving Distinction* or Distinction grades.
Amongst the many Durham Sixth Form Centre students celebrating outstanding results today are:
- Don Brookes, who received four A*s in Law, Politics, Psychology, and EPQ
- Emy Bridges, who received A*A*A in History, Law, and Literature
- Josh Burdett, who received A*A*A*A in Economics, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology
- Rosie Elvidge, who received three A*s in Classical Civilisation, Literature, and Religious Studies
- Bailey Hodge, who received three A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics
- Rachel Ivory, who received A*AAA in Psychology, Law, Sociology, and EPQ
- Anya Thompson, who received A*A*A in Geography, Law, and Literature
- Hannah Young, who received A*A*AA in Film Studies, Language, Literature, and Media Studies
The Sixth Form College Farnborough
Students at Farnborough have achieved a fantastic pass rate at A level of 99.3%, well above the national average, and 30.2% of all A level grades at Farnborough were awarded at A* to A, exceeding the national average of 27.9%. Vocational results are equally impressive - students achieved an amazing pass rate of 97.6%, with 75% of them securing a Distinction or Distinction*. This year, 39 students gained three A*s at A level or three Distinction*s in their vocational studies - an astonishing achievement.
37 students in the class of 2020 have been at the College for three years, starting at Farnborough on a one year Level 2 programme without the required GCSE grades for Level 3 study. Having successfully passed their Level 2 courses, they then progressed onto studying Level 3 courses over two years. These students have now achieved the equivalent of 103 A levels between them including 14 single award qualifications at Distinction* and 20 double award qualifications at Distinction* Distinction*.
Holy Cross College, Bury
The overall pass rate at A level is 98%. 5 students achieved at least 4 A*/A grades, and a further 55 students achieved at least 3 A*/A grades. 17 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate.
The overall pass rate at Level 3 BTEC is 99%. 7 students achieved 3 x Distinction Star (D*) grades, a further 29 students achieved 3 x Distinction grades, and 7 (of 8 programmes) achieved a 100% pass rate, with 5 courses receiving 100% high grades (D*, D or M).
At least 6 students currently holding offers for Oxford and Cambridge universities have already had their places confirmed.
Hugh Baird College, Bootle
Technical vocational students at Hugh Baird College have been celebrating some pretty outstanding results within the College’s industry based subject areas, especially given that they have faced extra challenges this year. These students now have the experience and qualifications to go into their chosen industry, apprenticeship or university upon receiving their results today. Kayleigh Ormandy (below left), who studied Level 3 Beauty Therapy, received a Merit and Distinction, and said "No other College in the in the North West offers this kind of training, I can now apply for jobs in some of the most prestigious spas and beauty salons." Matthew Clarke, who studied Level 3 Public Service, received D*D*D* (below centre), plans to serve in the British Army, having got the opportunity to "travel around the country hiking, gorge walking and experiencing various army bases" during his studies. Nina Forbes (below right), who studied Level 3 Childcare, has received an A* as a mature student, having returned to education after seven years, and will be studying Early Years Education with QTS at Liverpool Hope University.
Joseph Chamberlain College, Birmingham
Two students at JCC have received places at Oxbridge. Zuhaira Islam (left) achieved A* A A and has a place at St Peter’s College, Oxford to read history and politics. She credits her experiences at JCC, which were 'incredible', for her success. Abubakar Mohamud (right), who achieved A* A* A, has a place at Robinson College, Cambridge University to read Human, Social and Political Sciences, and said: "JCC is an exceptional place and the support offered by the staff is notable, and I am grateful for my time there. I hope my achievements can serve as an inspiration for people from similar backgrounds.”
King Edward VI College, Stourbridge
King Edward VI College has the largest cohort of A-level students in the area, with 947 students receiving results today. Across the college students celebrated their achievements, including becoming the first in their family to attend university, enrolling on apprenticeship courses and management schemes, and taking a gap year to undertake charitable work. 73 students from this large cohort achieved straight A*/A grades, with some achieving straight A*s:
King George V College, Southport
At KGV College in Southport this morning, some of the staff made surprise doorstep deliveries to the highest achievers. The vast majority of students are now off to their first choice of university, and were congratulated by local MP Damien Moore. Success stories, pictured L-R below with their delivery boxes, include:
- Sam Cooper, who achieved A*A*A in chemistry, further maths, and physics, and is off to Durham to study maths
- Ben Harvey, who achieved A*A*A in biology, further maths, and chemistry, and is going to Oxford to study biology
- Michel Crichton, who received an A and a B in media studies and philosophy and a Distinction * in business, and is attending Liverpool to study politics
- Samantha Hughes, who received two As in business and psychology and a Distinction* in IT, which has earned her a place at Edge Hill University to study business management.
Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
Kes Berry, who joined Long Road from St Bede’s Inter Church School, Cambridge, studied for her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design and is now off to study BA Fine Art and Oxford University. She described her experience as "2 years of ultimate creative bliss. Being treated like an artist in residence. So much creative freedom. The tools given to me by this course and the teachers allowed me to define myself as an artist; translating my art style in a sophisticated manner." This morning, she received the grades D*DD (the equivalent of A*AA), and will be taking up her place at Oxford University in October, studying BA Fine Art. You can see Kes and one of her pieces below.
Priestley College, Warrington
Among those celebrating at Priestley (pictured clockwise from top left) were:
- Meg Byrom, who collected A*s in geography and English and an A in politics, and is now headed to Cambridge to study politics;
- Damien Dooley, who will be studying natural sciences at Cambridge after achieving A*s in chemistry and maths, an A in physics and an A* in the Extended Project;
- Greg Wilmot, who collected As in History, Economics and Politics and secured his economics degree apprenticeship with the Civil Service;
- Hannah Gallier, who took home a triple distinction* in art and design and is now headed to Nottingham Trent University to study illustration.
Richard Huish College, Taunton
Richard Huish is congratulating all of its students on their results this morning. The highest achiever was Dak Dakshesh, with an incredible 5 A*’s for Chemistry, History, Mathematics, Physics and EPQ. Former Castle School student, John O’Halloran, below, achieved AAB grades in Biology, Maths and Physics respectively and will be heading to Amsterdam University College (AUC) to study Liberal Arts and Science. Majoring in Science, the course also includes academic writing, an introduction to Chemistry, calculus and a themed course, in which John has chosen to study climate and energy.
St Brendan's Sixth Form College, Bristol
The majority of the college's students have progressed onto their chosen destinations in spite of this year’s challenges. So far over 400 students who applied through UCAS have secured their university courses including 3 students who will be taking up their places to study medicine and another 3 who have accepted their Oxbridge offers. 20% of those who have applied to university will be going to Russell Group Universities. 4 students who took part in the Bristol Scholars Programme have successfully achieved a place at Bristol University. Popular degree choices for the class of 2020 are Law, Criminology, Psychology and Business, with lots of others electing to take on Health related degrees.
15% of students have secured apprenticeships in many different fields including accounting, law, business and engineering. They have gained employment with companies all over the region including Airbus, BT and Atkins.
Varndean College, Brighton
- The overall pass rate at A level was 98%, with 48% achieving A*-B and 73% A*-C grades.
- All vocational courses, BTEC and CTEC had a 100% pass rate, as well as the Level 3 CACHE course.
- Visual Arts courses (Art, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Textiles and Photography) once again continued to be outstanding, with 93% of students achieving A*- C grades and 25% achieving the prestigious A* grade.
- English, Humanities, Law Further Maths and the Extended Project Qualification also again delivered impressive results. In the Extended Project Qualification 100% of students passed, with 83% of them getting the very highest grades of A*-B; similarly Law students gained 100% pass rate with 52% getting the very highest grades of A*-B; in English Literature 57% of students got an A*-B; Government and Politics students achieved a 56% A-B rate.
William Morris Sixth Form, Hammersmith
William Morris Sixth Form has managed to maintain a commendable overall performance despite the uncertainty around the results this year. Outcomes have been particularly strong for core A Level subjects such as Mathematics, English, Art and Media, and the majority of students have already accepted firm offers at university. Amongst those who have been celebrating are Mushtaq Abdurahman, who achieved AABB and is heading to Edge Hill University to study Medicine Foundation; Crystal Cooke, who achieved ABC and will study law at Warwick, where she plans to focus on criminal law with a view to working for the Crown Prosecution Service once she graduates; and Sophie McNeill, who will be attending West London University, having achieved an A* EPQ and a Distinction-Distinction in health and social care, specialising in adult and mental health nursing. Two gap-year students who graduated from the school in 2019 have also accepted offers at King’s College London and Leeds.
Winstanley College, Wigan
An impressive 15 students will be going on to Oxford and Cambridge Universities and 20 students are going on to medicine, dentistry and veterinary degrees.
Music, theatre and art students who have been studying practical vocational courses have done equally impressively, bringing in 105 A*/A equivalents between them. To achieve these grades, students need to have both academic excellence and creative talent to secure places at prestigious specialist colleges such as the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and Central St Martins in London. Oliver Bullen and Hannah Dootson, below, previously pupils of Hindley High School and Fred Longworth High School, are two of these students awarded places at drama schools. Oliver will study Musical Theatre at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Hannah is going to LIPA to study Acting.
There are also number of students taking the apprenticeship route, including former Haydock High School pupil, Tom Aspinall (above) who secured employment with The Bank of England on a degree apprenticeship in Data Analytics and Modelling. He achieved A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Computer Science.