New College students celebrate exam success
11:11am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Latest News
NEW College is celebrating a record percentage of A Level subject entries achieving A* A or B grades amongst its 16-18 year old student cohort for 2013.
The percentage of students achieving an A* grade tripled from 2% in 2012 to 6% this year, whilst 27 students achieved 3 A grades or more, an outstanding achievement.
There were 1,556 successful 16-18 entries, a pass rate of 98.2%.
Amongst adult students (those aged 19+), there was a pass rate of 96.7%, up from 93.5% last year.
New College students reckon the impressive overall pass rate of 98% and grade profile will stand them in good stead for a bright future, despite increased competition for jobs and university places.
Students achieved a perfect 100% pass rate in 39 subjects out of 55.
These were: Accounting, Ancient History, Textiles, Classical Civilisation, Communications Studies, Computing, Critical Thinking, Drama and Theatre Studies, Electronics, English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature, Environmental Science, Extended Project, Film Studies, French, Further Maths, Geography, German, Graphic Design, Health & Social Care, History, Human Biology, Italian, Law, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, Polish, Portuguese, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Science, Spanish, Travel & Tourism, Turkish, Use of Maths and World Development.
In the three most popular subjects, New College had 218 successful entries in Maths subjects, 159 in English subjects and 96 in Business Studies.
Rhys Clyne received an A* and four A grades in in Biology, History, English Literature, Government and Politics and Maths. He said: “New College has been very supportive and a really enjoyable experience. I’m so relieved and ecstatic.” Rhys will be going to Merton College, University of Oxford to read History.
Maxime Perrott has achieved A* in History and Sociology and Grade B in Government and Politics. She will be going to the University of Southampton to study History.
“I am so shocked about my results! I knew that I had probably got into university but I didn’t realise they would be that good.”
212 New College students were also celebrating their BTEC Diploma results today - they achieved a 100% pass rate, with 29% gaining distinctions. The BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels, and a distinction equivalent to top A level grades.
New College is also expecting a record number of its students to gain university places following these results. Last year almost 500 New College students gained places at university and this year hopes are high for the record to be broken with 573 students having already applied.
New College Principal, Graham Taylor, added: “These fantastic A-level results are a credit to the talented and hard working learners we have at New College, and a tribute to the efforts and support of our staff.
“We are all extremely proud that over 500 of our students applied to University this year. There is so much confusion about loans and debt when it’s really just a graduate tax. You only repay if you are earning good money and graduates usually get good jobs. This is a tricky time to be leaving further education and considering whether work, an apprenticeship or university is the best choice. Many young people are competing for fewer places in all of these options, and even more attention will be paid to the exam results gained this year, so it’s fantastic that our students have managed to secure such impressive successes to put on their CVs. This will stay with them whichever career path they choose to go down.
“If any students have not managed to secure a place at university it is worth them considering a more local option. New College offer a range of higher education courses – degrees, foundation degrees and HNDs. Students can stay at home and study at New College.
We still have a number of clearing places available across our higher level programmes.”