- Created on Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:17
SOUTH DEVON COLLEGE is celebrating all round today as students collecting their A level results achieved an outstanding overall pass rate of 99.5%!
The majority of students achieved High Grades A*-C; with an impressive 100% pass rate also achieved in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, Computing, ICT, Business Studies, History, Law, English Language, Geography Art & Design, Health & Social Care, Media, Film Studies, Photography, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology.
Principal Stephen Criddle said,“These are superb results for South Devon College with many outstanding individual achievements. I am particularly pleased with our learner’s achievements and increased overall pass rate of 99.5% - we are really delighted! Congratulations to everyone, both students and staff, who have worked so hard to achieve such excellent results.”
Oliver Hicks (17 from Paignton) achieved an incredible A* in Maths, A in Physics and A in Computing and is to Oxford University for a masters in Mechanical Engineering:“To get into Oxford is amazing and I’m really proud. Without the college’s help I wouldn’t be there. I’m buzzing!
Melanie Doidge (29, from Plymouth) has been trying to get into Midwifery for 3 years, and thanks to an A in A Level Human Biology, she is now going onto study it at Plymouth University: “I’m absolutely ecstatic! I can’t believe I got an A! I am so happy to have got into University to study midwifery – never thought I would do so well!”
Christian Martin from Torquay was celebrating his 17th birthday today as he picked up his AS results. He achieved an A in Physics, A in Art and C in Maths: “I feel great – it’s my birthday! I’m really proud of my A grades in Physics. The learning environment is great at the College and I’m taking my A2s there next year before going onto University.”
Many of last year’s A Level students at the Beacon College, rated as “OUTSTANDING” by Ofsted, have completed a full year studying a Foundation Degree course at their £8million University Centre. The University Centre, at the College’s Vantage Point campus in Paignton, is holding a University Level Open Day on Monday 20th August from 10am – 4pm to help anyone wishing to discuss their options at Degree level.
Results’ days are obviously a nervous time for all learners and the College is hoping to alleviate some of this stress by offering free, impartial careers advice to all, whether they need advice about their next step, or have achieved better results than expected and now want to progress to Higher Education. The College has found that its degree level courses are extremely popular, with an increased range on offer this year, particularly in sustainable construction and engineering technologies. There are spaces available on a number of higher education programmes at South Devon College, who have a free clearing hotline number of 08000 21 31 81 in operation on Thursday, Friday and Saturday - for any students wishing to apply for University Level courses. College higher education staff are also visiting sixth forms across South Devon this week to offer clearing advice to students and discuss their higher education opportunities at South Devon College.
The experienced HelpZone team are also on hand for phone or face-to-face guidance irrespective of what school students originally attended. As Principal Stephen Criddle continued,
“We are here to help students of all ages and abilities – so anyone who needs some advice please call our HELPZONE Free on 08000 380 123 and let South Devon College support you. If you would like to see the College’s outstanding facilities and meet up with staff to discuss your options further, we are also holding a general Open Evening on Thursday 6th September from 5pm – 8pm.”
South Devon College were recently named the best general further education (FE) college in the South West and in the top three nationally for success rates, according to the National Success Rates Tables (NSRT), and also clear favourite amongst Plymouth University’s South West Partner Colleges for learner satisfaction.
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