New College Swindon may be best known for its great A Level and Level 3 Vocational results but today 1480 learners will be collecting their GCSE qualifications which are increasingly popular at New College with the number of entries for 2015 up by 10% on last year and by 53% since 2011/12.
The College offers a wide range of GCSE subjects to all of its learners; whether they are A-Level or BTEC students trying a new subject or improving their Maths or English grades, adult students taking extra qualifications for interest or to improve their job prospects or learners on the dedicated GCSE programme itself.
70% of entries were in the core subjects of Maths and English, which are critical to CVs, University prospects and job success. Many learners are retaking these subjects to improve their grades. It’s still a real struggle for many but 172 more now have the A* to C grade in Maths and 101 in English.
Our provision for Pre-16 students continues to bloom and grow. There were 185 GCSE entries amongst this cohort, an increase of 75% on last year. They achieved a 100% A* to C pass rate in 6 out of 18 subjects with a 100% pass rate in 15 out of 20 vocational courses. They also achieved a 98% pass rate across English and Maths GCSEs.
Students earned a 100% pass rate in 19 out of 24 subjects including Ancient History, Photography, Biology, Chemistry, Film Studies, French, Geography, German, History, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Psychology, Psychology Short Course, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics and Travel and Tourism.
405 of the entries were for our 19+ adult students studying GCSE subjects. The overall pass rate across all subjects for all ages was 99% with all adult learners passing GCSE Maths.
New College Principal Graham Taylor commented: “Today’s results are a great achievement. The learners’ success reflects their hard work and enthusiasm and is a tribute to the teaching, support and pastoral care provided by all staff here.
“New College has a flexible approach to GCSEs. Learners can study in the daytime, attend evening classes to fit around work and family commitments or study through open/ distance learning. We offer a climbing frame of qualifications in Maths and English leading up to GCSE and then onto A-level and Higher Education to help learners achieve their career goals.
“The government are funding free Maths and English GCSE qualifications for adults who do not already have them. GCSEs in English and Maths are now compulsory for 16-18s if a grade C or above was not achieved in school. We want to help our students succeed, not just in exams, but in achieving their personal goals.
“We congratulate all of our students who received GCSE results today and wish them all the very best for the future.”