The agonising wait was over for students at New College Swindon as they collected their A Level results today (Thursday 18 August ).
16-18 year old students celebrated their exam success with an overall pass rate of 98%.
40 subjects had a 100% pass rate, including accounting, physics, business & economics, and english literature. New College has the largest number of A-level learners in Swindon and Wiltshire and this year there were over 1500 successful exam entries.
29 students achieved three A grades or more whilst one student, Natalia Arciuchiewicz achieved five A*s.
Natalia said: “Obviously I’m ecstatic, a little surprised as I didn’t think I’d get five A*s. I’m just overjoyed! The hard work has finally paid off and has made the many years of study count. I’m still a little shocked if I’m honest.”
With the Government’s continuing emphasis on the importance of english and maths, backed by employer organisations like the Confederation of British Industry, the college was overjoyed with a pass rate of 97% in both subjects. 211 students taking Science subjects also achieved a 100% pass rate.
Many adult students (aged 19+) also received their exam results, achieving a pass rate of 99%, an increase from last year’s result.
For professional and vocational programmes, 194 New College students undertook BTEC Extended Diplomas with 48% gaining distinctions. The BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels and a distinction is equivalent to top A-level grades.
There were almost 1000 entries for Level 3 vocational studies, with learners gaining work-ready qualifications in areas such as Photography, Health & Social Care, Music, Performing Arts, and Beauty Therapy. Many of these young learners balanced work with study, picking up skills through participation in additional activities such as employability courses, Dragons’ Den sessions and close business mentoring with local companies such as Intel.
New College is predicting that a high number of students will gain university places following these results. Last year a record 602 New College students won places at university and other higher education providers.
New College Principal, Graham Taylor, said: “These fantastic A-level and BTEC vocational results really are a credit to the talented and hardworking learners we have at New College, and a tribute to all of our teaching and support staff.”
“We are so proud of the achievement of these students, especially at a time when young people are competing so hard for places at university or in employment. These results, plus the additional opportunities that have been available to them at New College, will stay with them whichever career path they choose to go down.”