24th August 2017

South Devon College is enjoying another year of success as students of all ages collected their GCSE results this morning. Many students achieved their goals and improved their grades to progress in the next stage of their personal journey.

The College offers a range of GCSEs catering to students of all backgrounds and abilities. Many young people worked hard to improve on their previous school achievements in English and maths. This year saw many students sitting the new GCSE English and maths exams and achieving passes at grade 4 and above, the equivalent to the old C grade. Whilst others were completing a programme of 5 GCSEs in order to improve their previous grades and progress to A Levels, technical and professional qualifications or apprenticeships.

The results also brought new opportunities for adults who had returned to education to retake some of their GCSEs to progress on to an access or university course, to reskill or improve their employability.


Matthew Hannam (27, from Totnes)

Matthew chose to study GCSEs for a change in his career. He passed all of his GCSEs and achieved grade 8 in English and grade 7 in maths; he is now progressing to study an Access course in Medicine. He said, “I enjoyed studying at the College very much, the staff have always encouraged me to reach my potential.”

Shannon Jonas (20, Paignton)

Shannon attended study support workshops and was in college as early as 7am to revise. Her hard work and determination paid off she passed her GCSEs and she is now one-step closer to her ambition of becoming a Nursery Assistant.

Samuel Taylor (17, Compton)

Samuel improved on his former English GCSE and was very happy to have achieved a grade 6. He can now progress to an apprenticeship in welding as he hopes to pursue a career in underwater welding.

Aniko Mitchell, (37, Torquay)

Aniko gained straight As and a 7 in English and 5 in Maths. Aniko aspires to be a Healthcare Assistant and is looking to enrol on the FdSc Healthcare Practice (Assistant Practitioner) at University Centre South Devon. She said, “I love learning, it’s been a privilege to study here learning new things and meeting new people every day. I have a new-found passion for science!”


Paul Williams (42, Paignton)

Paul is hoping to continue his studies by enrolling on to an Access to Humanities course. He said, “I didn’t have the opportunity to study Sociology and Psychology previously and I needed to upgrade my English and maths and I’m really pleased with my results.”

Matthew Harbour, Vice Principal of Curriculum, Performance and Quality at South Devon College said,

“It is excellent to see another successful year of GCSE achievement at South Devon College. We’re delighted to see students progressing within the College in further and higher education, including an increasing number of students choosing an apprenticeship. Well done to the many students who have improved their grades in English and maths and for those students who are moving into employment and higher education, we wish them a bright future. Well done to all students and staff who have worked hard for these great results.”

If you received your results and didn’t quite get the grades you were hoping for or would like to discuss your next steps, the College’s Helpzone service is available to discuss your options, with award-winning, free, impartial advice and guidance for the public.

We also have places still available to start your dream course this September. To find out more, visit us at our next Open Evening  at the Paignton Campus, TQ4 7EJ, on Wednesday 6th September, 5pm – 8pm. Alternatively, you can call 08000 380 123 or email [email protected]

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