Results Day 2021Back
Today, August 10th, 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.
Woodhouse College, London
- 79% of students achieved A*- B grades
- 50 students achieved 3 or more A*s
- 225 students achieved 3 or more A/A*s (around 30% of the year group)
- Overall pass rate - 99.6%
- 21 students will be going to Oxford or Cambridge
- 27 students will start medicine courses
- 359 students have places with Russell Group universities
Woodhouse students accepted multiple places at 23 out of 24 of the Russell Group members (with just Queen’s University Belfast being the exception). Hundreds of other students will be attending equally prestigious universities across the country, some with international placements. And alongside the traditional subjects like sciences, finance, politics and humanities, many students will be studying such diverse subjects as Computer Animation Art and Design, Japanese Studies, Automotive Engineering, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Fashion, Television and Radio Production, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic - to name but a few. Two students - Amy and Pearl - will be studying Virology and Immunology at Bristol.
Woodhouse College student Emily, 18 from Barnet, got 3A*s and a place at London School of Economics (LSE) (Pictured with globe outside the LSE). She said:“I got 3 A*s in law, politics and biology and I’ll be studying law at LSE in September. I’m really happy with my results and excited to move on to new things but I’m going to miss Woodhouse so much - it’s been the best two years of my life and I’ll remember it forever.”
Woodhouse College student Sadaf, 18 from Ponders End, got 3 A*s and a place at Oxford Uni. He said: “Above all, what I’ll treasure most is all the friendships I’ve made here. Without their unsparing kindness, support and compassion I wouldn’t have had the courage to apply to Oxford to read philosophy, politics and economics - let alone get in!”
Woodhouse College student Sihaam, 18 from Kensal Green, got 3 A*s and a B, and a place at LSE. She said: “After two usual years of navigating A levels through a pandemic, I can fairly say I've achieved grades I'm proud of, having received three A*s and a B. I'm heading off to LSE to do politics now but will miss the memories I made over the two years at Woodhouse.”
Priestley College, Warrington
Priestley’s Class of 2021 achieved a 100% pass rate in 31 A-Levels with 79% of all grades awarded at A* to C. Across vocational courses there was a 100% pass rate in 56 Level 3 subjects and a high-grade rate of 78%. Overall the cohort received 361 offers from the Russell Group, which are considered some of the UK’s finest universities. For Thomas Shaw, right, who is heading to the University of Oxford to study Chemistry, it was a day to celebrate as he collected four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and the Extended Project. “I was nervous that even if I got good grades they might not be enough to get into Oxford,” said the former Cardinal Newman High School pupil. “The pandemic changed my mind as to what I wanted to do and now I want to go into research and possibly teach at a high level.”
Uniquely for results day grades were being revealed for both A-Levels and vocational options such as BTECs. That meant students on courses as diverse as Architecture, German and Public Services all found out the results of two years’ hard work.
Among them was former Kings Academy pupil Madgey Thompson (left) who achieved A*s in French, English Literature and Psychology. She is now off to the University of Oxford to study French & Arabic. “When I realised there were lots of links between French and Arabic it seemed like the perfect course for me because I love the idea of learning history through a new language,” she said.
Christ the King Sixth Forms, London
Lorena Piedrahita-Lopez (right) landed a place at her dream university, Cambridge to study Psychology and was one of only three students to be awarded a CTK Metric Capital scholarship. Lorena is one step closer to her mission to create more equal access to psychological therapies in the UK, after achieving top grades of A*AA in A Level English Literature, Psychology and Law at Christ the King Sixth Form in South London. Lorena says; “I’d like to go into therapy with a specific aim to teach psychology therapy in Spanish. I believe that therapy in the UK should be available in other languages. I really enjoy helping others and I want to do things in other languages to support my own Latin community here in London. I believe in making small changes in our society which can have a big impact. What drives me is to make our world more inclusive, a little step at a time.” Commenting on being awarded a CTK Metric Capital scholarship worth £15,000, Lorena adds: “When I thought about going away to live and study in Cambridge, I constantly worried about money and the expense involved in moving out of my house. I’m not in a position where my parents can support me consistently while living away. When I found out I had received the Metric Capital scholarship at CTK it felt like a huge burden had lifted. It helped me make my decision to go to Cambridge. It means that I can focus on my studies and do the very best that I can”.
A number of A Level students gained three As and above in their studies. Divine Davidson (left) achieved three A’s at A Level, in Chemistry, Biology and Psychology and is off to study Biomedical Science at Kings College in London. Divine said “I have had great teachers at CTK and thoroughly enjoyed learning my subjects. The sixth form provided me with so many opportunities to improve and there is such a great community spirit”.
BTEC students at Christ the King Sixth Forms once again excelled in their results, many achieving places at highly competitive universities. Grace Yampoue Tchine (right) achieved the highest grades possible in her BTEC Health & Social Care of triple Distinction Star. She secured a place at St George’s, University of London to study Occupational Therapy. She said; “my most positive experiences at CTK have been the teachers, the support they have given me has been amazing”.
Varndean College, Brighton
The overall pass rate at A level is 99% with the majority of subjects achieving 100% pass rate with 65% achieving A*-B and 86% A*-C grades. All vocational courses, BTEC and CTEC had a 100% pass rate, as well as the Level 3 CACHE course having exceptional results of 100%. Visual Arts courses (Art, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Textiles and Photography) once again continued to be outstanding, with 97% of students achieving A*- C grades, 86% achieving A*-B grades and 86 students achieving the prestigious A* grade. In 3D Design, all students gained an A*-B grade, and in Photography 94% of students gained an A*-B. Other subjects with exceptional success include: in languages, A Level French has a 100% pass rate with 88% A*-B, in A Level German 80% of students gained A*-B. In Humanities; in History A Level 88% of students gained an A*-B, in Maths and Science all subjects gained a 100% pass rate with 100% of Further Maths students gaining an A*-B grade, in Maths 76% gained an A*-B, in Physics 71% of students gained an A*-B. Similarly, Film students gained 100% pass rate with 70% getting the very highest grades of A*-B; in Drama and Theatre Studies 72% of students achieved an A*-B.
As well as offering traditional A Levels, Varndean College also offers a comprehensive programme of Level 3 vocational qualifications, which many students take either as standalone courses or in combination with A Levels. These results are impressive with many students moving on to higher education courses or direct into apprenticeships/employment.
This A Level success follows on from Varndean’s successful International Baccalaureate results in July, when the College achieved a pass rate of 98% and received its highest marks ever, with an average score of 36.61 points, equivalent to at least three A grades at A Level and beating a global average of 33.02. At the time of writing, 82% of our UCAS applicants were successful, with 78% meeting their firm choice offer and 77% securing places at Russell Group universities. Sixty-three percent of our students achieved 36 or more Diploma points, with 15 (37%) gaining an impressive 40 points or more, equivalent to A*A*A and placing them in the top 9% of students worldwide.
The Sixth Form Bolton
Staff and students at The Sixth Form Bolton celebrate yet another year of outstanding Advanced Level results, again outperforming national results and reinforcing their position as a nationally high achieving Sixth Form College in the top 5% for A Level results. The Sixth Form has seen an overall 100% pass rate for A Levels with 57 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate and a 5% rise in higher grade passes, 99% BTEC National Diploma students achieving higher grade passes (Distinction* to Merit) and 71% of students achieving higher grades overall. The Sixth Form Bolton continues to maintain year-on-year impressive outcomes for students.
Principal, Stuart Merrills, said: “Given the huge amount of uncertainty faced by students receiving their results this year I am very pleased with the overall outcomes for students at The Sixth Form Bolton. Our students have benefitted hugely from being at a sixth form with a great track record for its student achievements as well as the expertise and professionalism of its staff. With The Sixth Form having one of the highest national progression rates to Higher Education, the majority of our students will now again move forward to secure their places at universities across the country. Students are progressing to study a broad range of subjects encompassing: sciences, medicine, law, business, music, performing arts, sports and humanities.”
“This cohort deserve our absolute praise and commendation, they have had 2 years of the most disrupted education. Through their own perseverance, resilience and fortitude they have secured some outstanding results. If students are feeling anxious at this time they should not worry because if they look at what they achieved under the circumstances they have faced, they should look forward with confidence."
The Blackpool Sixth Form College
Blackpool Sixth students and staff are once again celebrating a fantastic set of A level and vocational level 3 results with an overall pass rate of 99.6%, and 59 courses attaining an outstanding 100%. Amongst the large number of students achieving a string of top grade passes are Sophie Lynn (right) whose three A* grades in A Level Mathematics, Biology and Psychology secured her place at Cambridge University to read psychology.
Oliver Stephens (left) achieved 3 A* grades and an A* in his extended project qualification and is now heading to Lancaster University to study Medicine. Oliver commented, "The teachers are always happy to help, and are genuinely interested in watching you succeed!"
Blackpool Sixth won the BTEC College of the Year Award in 2020 and this year’s students taking BTEC and other vocational study programmes have excelled once again, such as Kristyna Nova, who achieved a triple distinction star in BTEC Health and Social Care. Kristyna will now study operating department practice at the University of Leicester.
Leyton Sixth Form College
Many of those receiving their grades today are progressing to study at top universities, art and drama schools and conservatoires or to take up competitive apprenticeships or employment opportunities. Amongst these wonderful achievements are four students who will be taking up their places at either Oxford or Cambridge University. They are: Betty Hughes (A*A*A* History at the University of Oxford); Raabia Saleem (A*A*A*A Medicine at the University of Oxford); Paige Wedderburn-Bolton (A*A*A English at the University of Oxford); Ibrahim Zamir (A*AA History at the University of Cambridge).
Raabia is not Leyton's only medic of the future. Mohammed Uzair Sarfaraz (AAA), Ayesha Undre (AAA) and Saniya Bokhari (A*AA) are also off to study Medicine at Aston, Queen Mary and St. George’s respectively. Michael Smith is also undertaking his degree a St. George’s. Michael is a keen sportsman and completed the L3 Extended Diploma in Sport achieving triple distinction stars (D*D*D*). He is going to study Physiotherapy.
Other notable achievements include five vocational science students who have all achieved D*D*D*and are off to study either Biomedical Science (Carina Ca, Baseer Abdel, Amina Nur) or Pharmacy (Nima Oyedeji-Aruna, Kishan Patel). Saima Jannath Islam and Syeda Zainab Islam both studied Health and Social Care and also achieved D*D*D*. They are progressing to City University to do Nursing and Educational Studies respectively.
Richard Huish College, Taunton
At A Level the Class of 2021 achieved an A*-B pass rate of 65%, and an A*-C pass rate of 85%. The overall A Level pass rate is an outstanding 99.8%. Of the students that took Vocational Extended Diplomas, 51% of grades achieved were the very highest Distinction or Distinction* grades. An incredible 128 students achieved three or more A*/A grades in their A Levels. Huish top performers did extremely well across a very wide range of courses, with 25 students gaining straight A* grades in their A Levels. In addition, 24 students gained the very top outcome of triple Distinction* in their Vocational qualifications and on mixed programmes, a further two students achieved two A* and a D* grade. Today the college is not only celebrating fantastic results but also the vast and interesting range of destinations students will progress to, from Architecture at Cardiff to Medicine at Birmingham and Graphic Design at University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins) to a Trainee Consultant Apprenticeship with global firm Ernst & Young.
In an extremely competitive year for Medicine and Veterinary Science courses, eight students have defied the odds and successfully secured their places at University to pursue their dream careers. With acceptance rates cut this year due to oversubscription in the previous year, Huish students achieved some of the highest grades to gain their places to study Medicine or Veterinary Science at a range of top Universities including Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Plymouth, Exeter and Liverpool.
Roo Harrington Barwick, from Chard, is heading to the University of Oxford to study Human Science after achieving A*A*D*A in Sociology, Music Production, EPQ and Psychology. Originally interested in Humanities, Roo Harrington Barwick decided to study BTEC Music Production, alongside A Levels in Psychology and Sociology when he joined Huish due to his strong interest in music both in and outside of school. The unique offering at Huish allows students to create a mixed Study Programme, incorporating both A Level and Vocational courses, with each course type providing a different learning style and skill set. Roo commented: “Without a doubt I would recommend Vocational Music. It’s perfect for providing and honing valuable alternative skills for life that universities also love to see. It can equip you for a future in any route – whether you take the subject further or, like me, you use such transferable skills to go down a completely different road. It definitely does not close any doors, and in my case, it opened more that I could only dream of”.
Solihull Sixth Form College
Students at Solihull Sixth Form College are celebrating outstanding A level, BTEC and CACHE results this year, with an impressive 1,031 starred grades achieved. A* grades are achievable at A level and CACHE, while BTEC courses have a top grade of Distinction*. As well as more than 1,000 of these top grades, 445 students achieved all A/A* grades at A level and CACHE courses or Distinction/Distinction* at BTEC. These students can look forward to progressing to some of the top universities in the country, onto highly competitive courses. Outside the very top grades, many other students have achieved above average grades, with 983 students getting all A*-C grades at A level and CACHE or Merit and above at BTEC. The pass rate on BTEC and CACHE Diploma courses is 100% and at A level the pass rate is 99.7%. Students got the chance to share their wonderful accomplishments at A level and BTEC this morning on ITV's Good Morning Britain (picture above). Good Morning Britain focused on the successes of five students primarily – A level students William Guest, Isobel Knight and Isabelle Roll and BTEC students Keya Parmar and Charlie Wells. Championing the BTEC cause, Keya Parmar talked to Good Morning Britain about her achievements on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business course, as she got the top grade of Triple Distinction* to get a place at Aston University, studying HR & Business Management. Charlie Wells matched her achievement, but in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design course and he is progressing to the University of Liverpool to study Architecture.
Sakura Izaki-Lee is one of two students about to start a course at Cambridge. She achieved two A* grades and an A in A level Geography, fine Art and biology to earn a place at Selwyn college to study Architecture.
St Brendan's Sixth Form College, Bristol
479 students (60% of students) are progressing to university, the highest number of students to do so from St Brendan’s in the last four years, including Quinn (far left), who is going to Plymouth, Josh (left), off to Aberystwyth, Sam (centre, UEA), Scarlett (right, Exeter), and Phillip (far right, York). 26% of students are progressing directly on to employment or an apprenticeship. Of those going to university, 121 (15%) have secured places at a Russell Group University. Students have also secured a diverse range of top apprenticeships with leading employers, including EY, Co-op Legal Services and the NHS.
The college's Aspire Programme, aimed at helping high achieving students, has consistently supported students to gain places on some of the most competitive and sought after degree programmes in the country. This year over 80% of Aspire students are progressing to university.
Principal Marian Curran said: "Once again, we have seen an increase in the number of students successfully securing courses at universities across the country. This year over 60% of our leavers are progressing into higher education to continue their education. We know that that they will be an inspiration to our new cohort of students in terms of being ambitious and aiming high. To see two thirds of our leavers choose university is recognition of this ambition. We love staying in touch with our alumni and can’t wait to follow their careers and accomplishments."
King Edward VI College, Stourbridge
In the context of a global pandemic, teachers met the demands of an ever-changing landscape to deliver a full and diverse curriculum in adverse circumstances. Across the college students celebrated their achievements, including students who will become the first in their family to gain a university degree, students enrolling on apprenticeship courses and management schemes, and students taking a gap year to undertake charitable work.
King Edward VI College has the largest cohort of A-level students in the area, with 1054 students receiving results today. 179 students from this large cohort achieved A*/A grades in 3 subjects or more. Principal Remley Mann said, ‘We are proud of the achievements of our students who faced the challenges of finishing their A-levels during a global pandemic, with significant disruption to their learning over the course of two years. I commend the tremendous diligence, scholarship and tenacity of our students and the hard work, expertise and dedication of our teachers. We are proud that our students are now ready for their next steps and we wish them every happiness and continued success.’
Birkenhead Sixth Form College
More than 90% of Birkenhead Sixth Form College’s final year students will head off to universities across the country in September, from Northern Ireland to Cornwall and everywhere in between, including Glasgow, Cardiff, Sheffield, London, Bath, Bristol, Manchester, Chester, and Liverpool. Undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering, psychology, nursing, computer game development and fashion design are all amongst the students’ choices of next steps after A Levels and BTECs. Apprenticeships are another popular choice for sixth form students, and receiving these highly competitive opportunities is another cause for celebration of extremely hard work at College. Among those heading to undertake an apprenticeship is Christy Bino, who beat fierce competition to receive an apprenticeship with the NHS in Leicester to become a biomedical scientist.
Claudia Hutuleac (far right above) joined the College from Ellesmere Port Catholic High and has gained a place at the University of Oxford’s Oriel College, having completed her A Levels in Drama, English Language and Spanish with high grades: an incredible achievement given that English is her third language.
Taylor Lyth’s (left) dream destination of the University of York became a reality, as the former Sacred Heart High in Liverpool student got the grades she needed to study English, with her sights set on a career as a teacher.
Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
Jade Mulder (left), who studied Level 3 applied courses in Media and Business, received Distinction Stars in both subjects and is now off to Derby University to study Education with an optional pathway in SEND. She said: “My favourite thing about Long Road was how how well all of the teachers worked to get the best grades possible in a bad situation.”
Paulina Hryszko (below) received A*’s in A level Criminology and Psychology and an A in Biology. She is now off to Anglia Ruskin to study Crime and Investigative Studies. "I would like to especially thank all my teachers; Denise Plant and Tom Genillard – thank you so much for your faith in me and the support you gave me over the 2 years, and a massive thank you to Katie Hodson for all the support and never failing to answer my emails and every question I had. I couldn’t have done it without you all."
Poppy Norris (left) is celebrating with her family this morning after achieving a wonderful set of results of M, D*, D* in Musical Theatre and Health and Social Care. She has now accepted her place at Kingston University to study Paediatric Nursing. "My favourite thing about Long Road is the support from all the teachers and how caring the working environment is."
Fiyin Adeyemi (right) arrived in the UK only three months before her GCSEs; two years later, after studying Media Studies and Business Studies BTECs at Long Road, she has received D*D*D*, the top possible grades, and is going to study Communications and Media at the University of Liverpool. She said she'd enjoyed the whole Long Road journey: "From making friends, learning, and loving my course in Y1 to adapting to the challenges of remote studying and displaying resilience, courage and perseverance while learning and growing in Y2."
Hugh Baird College, Merseyside
The College's A Level pass rate is 99.7%, with 54.7% of students achieving A* to B grades and 79.7% of students achieving A* to C grades. There was a 100% pass rate in 22 of the 24 A Level subjects offered at the College, with a 100% pass rate at BTEC.
Mia Hankinson, A-level Biology, Chemistry and Maths student (left) said: “I still can’t believe my results, it doesn’t feel real! Today I achieved A*A*A* meaning that I will be studying for a Medicine degree at the University of Liverpool. I will miss the everyone at the South Sefton Campus and the lifelong friends I have made. The teachers do genuinely care about you and they have helped me to grow as a person. I really appreciate all of their support over the last two years and I look forward to what the future brings”.
Callum Bliss, A-level English Literature, Business and Sociology student (right) said: “The last few years have been difficult for many reasons, in particular the loss of my brother. My brother also came to the South Sefton Campus and he inspired me to work hard and achieve the grades I needed to succeed. Today I gained A*A*A. I would like to thank all the staff at the Sixth Form Centre for their support, they have really pushed me to achieve these grades. I am aiming to go to Edge Hill University in September to study Business Management”.
Huddersfield New College
Together the Class of 2021 achieved a fabulous 100% pass rate for A Level and 99% pass rate for BTEC, with 77% of these grades being the much coveted high grades (A*-B or equivalent), placing the College in the top colleges nationally for student progress on Advanced Level qualifications. An impressive 89% of all students secured A* - C grades in their A Levels whilst in BTECs, 93% celebrated A* - C equivalents. Some of the college's 'Gold medal stories' are below:
Ziden Ramage (below left) received A*A*A*A* in A level Drama and Theatre Studies, English Language and Literature, History and WJEC Criminology, and is off to Oxford to study History. Ziden said: “My teachers helped me to hone my academics skills and knowledge, and encouraged me to aim high and apply to Oxford University. They supported me through the daunting application process and they gave me the confidence to succeed - I am so grateful for this support. It has been a very strange and unique couple of academic years, but I have loved the accepting, welcoming and forward-thinking College environment.”
Isaac Latham (above centre) received A*AA in A level History, English Language and Literature and Law, and is on his way to study History at Cambridge. "The atmosphere in College is always positive, which really helped me develop personally, and to grow a more positive mindset, one where I was ready to learn. I love the diverse and inclusive nature of the College, and how the College works hard to to give people who might need a little push the same chance as others to aim high and to go far. College life has enabled me to prepare for university through the more independent approach to learning, in addition to helping me form new friendships."
Philippa Tarr (above right) received A*A*A in A level English Language & Literature, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and she's progressing to St Andrews to study Mathematics. “All of my teachers were helpful and very supportive of my application to higher education. The Aspire programme in particular helped me to decide which universities I wanted to apply to, and helped me to prepare for application to these universities, even down to mock interviews.”
Mudaber Ahmed (above far right) received D*D*D* in BTEC Level 3 Games Design, and is on his way to the University of Huddersfield to study Games Design. He said: “HNC is an amazing place to learn. The teachers are wonderful, and my course gave me an opportunity to learn lots of new and exciting things, whilst also giving me a firm foundation for the study of Games Design at university.”
Indications show that the pass rate for A Level is 99.5%, with a total of 34 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate. Many students achieved very high grades at A Level this year allowing them to progress to their chosen destinations.
Students completing the Level 3 Diploma courses, which are the equivalent to three A Levels, achieved a 100% pass rate with a plentiful number of high grades too. Numerous 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.
Despite the restrictions of Covid, there have been innovative opportunities to extend students skills outside of the classroom over the year. Following the success of last year’s Virtual Creative Arts Exhibition, the Creative Arts department published another showcase this year of the high-quality work of students studying Fine Art, Art & Design, Photography, Textiles, Graphic Design and Fashion. This year’s exhibition focused on the students’ interpretations of the world around them using a range of creative mediums. The Performing Arts students were able to present a summer production of 'The Secret Garden' this year; a welcoming event taking place shortly after government restrictions for public events were relaxed. In addition, the College magazine, Bexclusive, won a prestigious national award.
Nelson and Colne College
The college has recorded an A Level pass rate of 99.9% in 2021. The College has also recorded a fantastic 100%* Advanced Vocational pass rate. At A Level, the number of students achieving A*-A grades is 35.3%. 66.6% of students achieved high A*-B grades, and the number of A Level students achieving A*-C grades is 85.6%. Once again, the College is seeing students progress to some of the top universities in the country, including Imperial College London, the University of Manchester, the University of Leeds, the University of Liverpool and the University of Edinburgh, while other students have successfully gained apprenticeships and employment.
Grace McWilliam (right), formerly of Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, achieved A, A*, A* in her A Levels in Government and Politics, Philosophy Ethics and Religion, and Sociology. Grace will now progress onto the University of York to study Social and Political Sciences. Grace, 18, said: “I have genuinely loved completing my A Levels at Nelson and Colne College and I cannot credit the Social Sciences department enough for instilling a lifelong love of philosophy, sociology and politics within me. Their endless encouragement and support has contributed to my ever-growing reading list. Classes are enjoyable, staff are extremely encouraging within classroom discussion, and assignments are relevant and returned promptly with detailed feedback. My teachers have shown genuine passion for the content which is infectious as a student and I think the department is unmatched in its subject material, revision resources and teaching staff.”
Jiya Mahmood, 19 (left), formerly of Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School achieved Triple Distinction* in her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Science. Jiya is now progressing to Keele University to study Forensic Science and Human Biology. Jiya said: “Studying at an accepting College that supports you in every aspect of your journey has really brought out the best in me. I have made new friends, it has helped secure amazing grades, and it has enabled me to pursue my passion for Forensic Science. Nelson and Colne College provides students with many opportunities – I have done the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Police Cadets, I’ve volunteered with the police and completed relevant work experience to my course. I also supported the Science department on open evenings, and would highly recommend studying here to others.”
Nelson and Colne College is one of the leading colleges nationally across a range of academic measures – 16-18 classroom learner achievement, 16-18 Advanced Apprenticeship timely achievement, A Level progress and GCSE Mathematics and English progress. Nelson and Colne College is also the number one college in the country for student satisfaction.
Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group
Headline results are as follows:
- 1050 A Level entries with pass rate of 99.8%. 60.7% of A Level entries achieved high grades A*-B, 30.5% of which were A*- A. 85.6% achieved A* - C grades. 26 out of 27 A Level courses report a 100% pass rate.
- 1251 BTEC Extended Diploma entries with 99.8% pass rate. 79.1% of BTEC entries achieved high grades D,M,M or above (equivalent to A* - B at A Level), In Travel and Tourism, 79.5% of students received a grade DDD or above (equivalent to three As at A level); the same was true of 77.3% of students in Sport and Exercise Science and 76.3% in Health and Social Care.
In 2020 NSCG sent more students to university than any college in Staffordshire, and the Group is predicting that today’s results should once again see it maintain its position as the leading provider of students to higher education in the area, with hundreds of students set to be accepted in to their chosen universities. Top-performing students at the College are expected to progress to a number of prestigious universities across the UK including the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and several other Russell Group destinations.
Lily Carcaterra from Stafford (right) is one of the students receiving top results this year, with a D*D*D* in her BTEC Extended Diploma in Business. She will be progressing to Aston University to study Business and Psychology, following a glittering sixth form career - she won national young learner of the year at Pearson's BTEC awards in 2021. Commenting on her college experience, she said: "My BTEC course came to me during such a hard period of my life, but it allowed me to push for a better me, a me with a thirst to learn more and to be better; it gave me an alternative path to studying, which in hand allowed me to grow my self-confidence. Without the support of NSCG Stafford College I wouldn’t be where I am today, I can see a clear path in regard to where I want to go in life and I’m grateful I have an incredible springboard to my future
Havant and South Downs College
Despite two years of studies being disrupted due to the pandemic, outstanding results across A Level, Vocational and Technical courses show that HSDC students have continued to thrive throughout difficult circumstances. HSDC students achieved an overall pass rate of 99% with 67% of students securing A* to B or equivalent grades and 41% of students achieving the highest A*/A or equivalent grades.
HSDC Havant student Annaliese Kattenhorn, 18, right, was over the moon when she received her results this morning. After two years of hard work studying Law, Business Studies, Mathematics and a year of the Extended Project Qualification, Annaliese achieved three A*s and a C. Looking forward to the future, Annaliese said: “I’m so excited to be able to continue my studies at Surrey University for Law especially after the year everyone has faced. “I am delighted with my results which were made possible by the fantastic teachers at Havant.”
Despite the challenges of the past two years, many students have excelled and finished their courses with stellar results. Ellie Norfolk from HSDC Alton (left) received two A*s and an A in Psychology, PE and Photography which has left her with a very bright future ahead. Ellie said: “I am extremely happy with my results which will enable me to study a degree in Psychology at Royal Holloway University. Even though studying through a pandemic has been difficult, my teachers have always been supportive and have provided varied ways of learning.”
Dedication to her studies has landed Issy Vickery (right) with a fantastic spread of results, achieving three A*s, an A and a Distinction*. Issy studied A Levels in Geography, Biology and Psychology, the Extended Project Qualification and a BTEC in Music Performance (Jazz). She said: “I am so pleased with my results, I couldn't be happier - all the hard work paid off! I have accepted my place at the University of Durham to study Human Geography. Thank you to everyone at Alton who supported me along the way, it is much appreciated.”
Top grades in a variety of challenging subjects mean HSDC Havant student Conall Templeman (left) will be heading off to Imperial College London to study Design Engineering. Conall, who studied Mathematics, Physics, Fine Art, Extended Project Qualification and an AS Level in Further Mathematics, achieved three A* grades and two As. He said: “Thanks to all the support I received, even throughout lockdown last year, I am very happy with my results.”