Students across the country were this morning finding out how they performed in their A-levels and deciding their next steps — and pictured above are Derby College’s Daniel Buckley, Lara White and Micha Davis.

According to UCAS data published in July 2014, the total applicant numbers for higher education this year are up by 4 per cent to 659,030, only slightly below the peak of 2011. Applicants from England are up by 3 per cent.

The application rate for English 18-year-olds has increased to the highest ever level (34.8 per cent), and application rates for those from disadvantaged backgrounds continue to rise to a record level of 20.7 per cent.

The Exam Results Helpline (ERH) is open and for the first time ever, as well as helping students on 0808 100 8000, advisers will be answering questions on dedicated Twitter and Facebook pages.

Around 40 careers advisers are today helping students make the right choices, whether their grades are lower or higher than expected. Students who are without a place (for any reason) on results day can use UCAS Clearing, while those who do better than expected could use the Adjustment service to find an alternative course

The ERH is staffed by independent and experienced careers advisers. Students across the UK who have received their exam results (A-levels and GCSEs) can talk through their options and get advice about their future learning and career options.

The helpline answered thousands of calls last year on topics including re-sits, vocational courses, gap years, funding, careers and employment. Further information including opening hours at


Gateshead College

Dozens of Gateshead College students have been celebrating after achieving record-breaking A-level results today.

The hard work and success of the students who received A* – E grades saw the college achieve an overall 97.5 per cent pass rate — its best ever set of results.

The students shone with grades which were 4.5 per cent above the national rate while those achieving the top grades (A*, A, and B) were an impressive 10 per cent higher than the national rate. A record 16 subjects achieved 100 per cent pass rates, beating the previous record of 15 from 2013.

Judith Doyle, principal at Gateshead College, said: “Our students have done fantastically well and their grades are the result of the commitment they have shown to their studies over the past two years. I would like to congratulate them for their dedication and drive, which has brought them deserved success.

“I’m also very proud of the quality of the teaching we provide, which has enabled us to achieve another excellent set of results.

“The students will now be faced with some important career choices. Anyone who is concerned about getting a place at university or what to do next have plenty of options available.”


Black Country University Technical College

Black Country UTC sixth form students are celebrating after recording its best ever A-level results since opening.

Pass levels have increased by 2 per cent while average point scores for both academic and vocational courses have increased by the equivalent of a grade, with the number of passes at the very top grades doubling.

Interim principal Lesley Broadway said: “I am absolutely delighted for the students, they have put in so much hard work over the last two years, and with the support of the staff and their parents, this dedication has certainly paid off.

“Many of our students are now able to go on to follow their chosen career pathways either at university, or into apprenticeships with students already gaining employment with some of the most successful national and global companies such as; Siemens, BAE Systems and Mitek . We are immensely proud of their achievements and everyone here at the BCUTC wishes them well in the future.” _______________________________________________

Stockton Riverside College

A superb set of results for Amelia Radley means that she can take her place at Cleveland College of Art And Design.

The 17-year-old from Fairfield, Stockton, studied art and design, media studies and English literature coming out with two As and a B.

Amelia said: “I am exceptionally happy with the results and now it is time to celebrate. I am so pleased with my time at Bede Sixth Form.”

Amelia hopes to complete her foundation degree in art and design and go on to university in London. _______________________________________________

Derby College

Derby College: Lara White, Rebecca James and Scott Reid

Students at Derby College achieved a 96 per cent pass rate this year with a third of 263 students achieving A*, A and B grades.

Twelve subjects achieved 100 per cent pass rate and a high proportion of the top grades were achieved in maths and science as well as in sociology and geography.

AS results were also good with nearly a quarter of the students achieving A and B grades. Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre opening its doors at 7am today for the students.

Head of faculty Kate Martin said: “We are delighted with the results and the fact that the majority of students have achieved the grades required for their first or second choice universities.

“We are particularly pleased with the results considering the changes to A levels this year with higher grade boundaries and no option now for students to take examinations in January.”

Lara White, aged 18, achieved A grades in chemistry and maths and a B in biology is now going to the University of Nottingham to study pharmacy.

“I am so relieved. I did not really have a back up plan and I have always wanted to do pharmacy,” she said. Rehmat Ramzan, 21, won academic student of the year award at the College Peak Awards this summer in recognition of her hard work and focus during recent years.

Rehmat Ramzan

Having grown up abroad, Rehmat came to Derby College four years ago to firstly study GCSEs and then progressed onto A-levels in biology, psychology and chemistry — gaining some of the highest marks in her courses.

Rehmat, who lives in Normanton, achieved 2 As and a B grade and is now going to University of Nottingham to study bio-chemistry.

Rebecca James, 21, from Chatsworth did not do well in her A-levels at 16 and left school to work.  Then at 19 she came back to Derby College and has achieved A*, A and B in business studies, politics and maths. She is now going to Durham University to study philosophy, politics and economics.

“It has been a long road but I am back on track now and really looking forward to going to university to pursue my dream of going into politics,” she said.

Scott Reid, 20, achieved two As and a B in English language, English literature and psychology and is now going to Newcastle University to study English.

Alasdair Dickinson

Micha Davis, 20, also got two As and B in English language, English literature and psychology and is now going to Leicester University to study English.

Alasdair Dickinson, 17, from Kilburn, achieved his predicted A*, A and B grades in maths, physics and chemistry and is going to Nottingham University to study mechanical engineering.

“I was pretty sure that I have done well,” he said. “Now it is just a matter of confirming whether I have secured the scholarship that I am hoping for either through BP or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.”

Daniel Buckley turned 18 two days ago but did not want to celebrate his birthday until he was sure he got the results he needed to go to the University of Nottingham to study chemistry.

With an A in ICT and B grades in physics and chemistry under his belt he is now in the mood to celebrate.

“I did not do well in my AS results so have worked really hard and I am over the moon that it has all paid off,” he said.


Walford and North Shropshire College

Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) is celebrating a 96 per cent pass rate for A-levels.

Sixteen subjects gained a 100 per cent pass rate.

Jackie Doodson, principal, said she was pleased that all of the arts area, which includes fine art, photography, graphics and textiles, achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

The high standard of work in the arts has been exhibited in the College foyer on the Oswestry campus all summer.

With most results in place for BTec extended diplomas (the vocational equivalent to A-levels), the college reported a pass rate of more than 99 per cent — an improvement of 1 per cent over the year.

One third of students achieved a triple starred distinction (equivalent to three A* at A-level) and over half a triple distinction (equivalent to three As at A-level).

Three quarters of students achieved one or more merit or distinction grades.

Paul May, deputy principal, said: “We have continued the college’s year-on-year  improvement in our vocational provision. I wish all our students a successful future as they progress into higher education or employment and thank them and their tutors for the contribution they have made to the success of the college.”


Blackburn College

Blackburn College learners celebrate A-level success


Bethanie Crawford




Junaid Asghar


Bethanie Crawford, aged 18, from Accrington, celebrates getting three As in her sociology, law and psychology A-levels at Blackburn College.











Junaid Asghar, of Blackburn, got an A* psychology, an A in business studies and a B in sociology.


Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form: Umair Asif, Craig Hardy and Lewis Turner

Craig Hardy, aged 18 and from Burnley, formerly of Unity College, got a B in physics, an A* in maths, an A in chemistry and a C in AS biology. He has done exceptionally well having been recognised as dyslexic at the start of the course. He is now off to study Chemistry University of York and like to complete a PHD in chemistry ultimately.

Umair Asif,  18 and from Colne, formerly of Colne Primet Academy, got two A*s and two As, plus a distinction in the advanced extensions award for maths. He is off to study at the University of York, where he will read physics and maths.

He is one of three NCC students who secured places to assist with university standard research, completing summer project work with the Nuffield Foundation in summer 2013. He has completed a physics project at the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston. His project focused on simulating the formation of disk galaxies using computer programming.

Lewis Turner, 18 and from Burnley, formerly of Shuttleworth College, got an A* and two As in computing, maths and physics. Lewis missed a period of 4 weeks in the middle of his course to have a chest operation. He is going to read computer sciences and artificial intelligence at University of Birmingham.


Stockton Riverside College (SRC)

Lewis Arnett

It is Leeds University for Lewis Arnett after he picked up the A-level results he needed to study philosophy and chinese next year. The student governor, aged 17, from Sadberge, picked up an A and two Bs in his A-levels to secure his place.

Opening his results live on BBC radio Tees, Lewis described the feeling as “nerve-racking.” “You just don’t know what is inside the envelope. When I opened the results I was dead relived,” he said.

Lewis went on to praise the work of his philosophy tutor, Mark Harrison, who he described as inspirational.

“I was originally going to study history, but Mark’s course changed all that for me. He is an amazing teacher and I certainly owe him a lot,” said Lewis.

“I now can’t wait to see what university has to offer.” Lewis hopes to go into business and see the world after university.

Tyler Bulmer is off to his first choice university thanks to some fantastic A-level results this morning.

Tyler Bulmer

The 18-year-old, from Thornaby, is off to study maths at Durham University having received A*, A, A in maths, further maths and physics at SRC Bede Sixth Form in Billingham.

He said: “I couldn’t be happier for getting these grades. I didn’t expect to do as well as I have done so I’m pleased and relieved to have secured my first choice university place.”

Tyler’s long term goal is to teach maths to college students. “I really enjoyed learning at Bede and the subjects I chose were perfect for me,” he said.

Amy Mcmann is one step closer to achieving her dream career as a biomedical researcher thanks to her A-level results. The SRC Bede Sixth Form student achieved A*, A* and B in biology, chemistry and maths and has got into her first choice university, Newcastle, to study biomedical sciences.

Holly Jenkins

Amy said: “I am feeling really happy this morning.” The 18 year old who studied at the sixth form in Billingham added: “I’m particularly happy about my maths result as I didn’t think I had done that well. I’m so relieved.”

And 17-year-old Holly Jenkins, who got an A* in biology, an A in psychology, and an A in chemistry at SRC Bede Sixth Form in Billingham, said: “Thrilled is the only word to describe how I am feeling.” The results have secured her place to study psychology at Newcastle University.

“I don’t think I was expecting it,” said Holly. “I was really nervous last night and this morning, but it is a huge relief now.”

Rachel Highfield

Rachel Highfield, has made it a clear run into her first choice university after getting the A-level results she was hoping for.

The 18-year-old sprinter, who runs for the Gateshead Harriers, got an A* in PE, a B in biology and a C in English literature, securing her place at Durham University to study sport, physical activity and health.

The SRC Bede Sixth Form, Billingham, student said: “I’m really happy that I have done really well and got into my first choice university.”

She said fitting revision and exams around training, six times a week, was tough, but she said it was worth all the effort.

Matthew Robinson is feeling happy after he has received grades higher than he expected.

Matthew Robinson

Achieving A*, A, B in maths, chemistry and physics means he secured a place at Newcastle University to study BEng chemical engineering.

The 18-year-old, from Norton, in Stockton on Tees, said: “I’m really happy with my results today as I didn’t expect to do this well. I am going to the university I wanted to go to and I am on the course I applied for. It’s a great feeling.”

Chemistry teacher John Eastwood said: “Matthew is an outstanding student. He is thorough and an extremely intelligent student.

“His major strength is that he always ensures that he understands a topic before leaving the classroom and this has no doubt helped him achieve what he has done today. He deserves this.”

Matthew is one step closer to achieving his career goal of becoming a chemical engineer.

Adam Gilburt

Adam Gilburt is pursuing his dream career in the music industry thanks to a top-class result today.

The 18-year-old, from Billingham, achieved a distinction* in music technology, B in computing and C in politics at SRC Bede Sixth Form.

Adam’s dream is to work within the recording industry and this result means he is well on the way to achieving this. He has secured his first choice place at Leeds Metropolitan University where he will study BSc (Hons) music technology.

He said: “I’m so pleased with my result.” Tutor Patrick Jordan said: “I’m really happy with Adam’s result today. He has worked so hard all year and shows promise of becoming an excellent sound engineer or producer.”


Cornwall College

Cornwall College learners celebrate A-level success

Students from Cornwall College have a reason to celebrate this morning after the college achieved its best ever A-level results with 99.1 per cent of students achieving grades A*- E, with an 8 per cent increase in the number of A*and A grades at Cornwall College St Austell.

The college achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in 46 subjects.

More than 30 per cent of students applied to Russell Group Universities and over half are hoping to progress onto science, technology, engineering and math (Stem) subjects.

Two thirds of Cornwall College students studying A-level maths achieved grades A*-B, with other Stem subjects also achieving a high number of top grades.

Stacie Marks,  aged 18, from St Austell, studied biology, chemistry and maths achieving three A* grades.

She said: “I am over the moon, words cannot describe how I feel. I didn’t know what to expect. The exams were really hard but I put in all my effort.  I’m off to study pharmacy at Cardiff University. I had some work experience at Treliske and this inspired me to go into that field.”

Stacie’s mum, Michelle Marks, was overcome with emotion and said: “I can’t describe how I feel at the moment, I am just so proud of her and what she has achieved. Stacie has worked so hard.”

Will Richards, also 18 and from St Austell, said: “I’m really happy. I studied biology, chemistry and geology and I got three As and an A*. It’s been hard work, but I have had lots of support from the tutors.  I’m now planning on taking a gap year and may explore going into engineering.”

Maria Brett, from Roach, studied maths, further maths and physics. She said:  “I’ve got two As and an A*. I’m pretty happy. I’m now hoping to do a further year at college to study biology and geography, because I’m not sure what I want to progress on to.”

Jack Wightman, from St Austell, has a scholarship to Loughborough. He studied maths, further maths and physics obtaining two A*s and an A grade.

“I’m so happy as this is two years’ worth of hard work and it has all come through. I’m off to study pure maths, because it’s the subject that I enjoy the most. I’m not sure where I want to go after university, but I do want to pursue a career in maths,” he said.

Jack, who also runs 400m for Cornwall, added: “I’m off for a training session this afternoon, so I’ll have to wait to celebrate later.”

Russell Lawrance, director of academic studies at Cornwall College, said: “I am immensely proud of our students’ achievements this year. The results are outstanding, our best ever. A-level results day is the culmination of a partnership; two years of hard work for both students and staff supported by parents and carers.

“Cornwall College is dedicated to giving its students the best possible experience and A-level results day is such an emotional but rewarding day for us all.”


Walford and North Shropshire College

Jess Butler

It’s been a fantastic morning at the Oswestry Campus of Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) with students arriving from 8.20am to collect their results.

Amber Edge

They’ve been interviewed by the radio and press and have been getting photographs in a photo booth especially hired in for the event.

Jess Butler, aged 18 and from Chirk, studied textiles, photography and fine art and got three Bs. She said: ‘I am really pleased with my results, I’ve worked really hard this year and it’s all paid off.”

Jess is progressing at the college to study the foundation diploma in art before she hopes to head to Manchester Met University to study photography.

Amber Edge, 18 and from Oswestry, got an A and two Bs and is hoping to undertake an apprenticeship with the BBC in film production in the near future. She said: “I am so happy this is amazing.”

Ricky Dallow, 18 and from Oswestry, got three Bs and two Ds, but already knew he had secured his place at Aberystwyth University as he was able to get an unconditional scholarship offer earlier this year.

Ricky Dallow

Jackie Doodson, principal, said: “We are celebrating today some excellent A-level results, with students gaining places in the universities of their choice.

“I am delighted with the results which are a credit to the talented and hardworking tutors and their students. It is particularly pleasing that 16 subjects gained a 100 per cent pass rate. Staff and students should be very proud of their achievements.”


Middlesbrough College

Middlesbrough College performing arts students celebrate. From left: Andrew Lee, Jennyfer Oxley, Tarya McHugh, Amy Hardy and Zak Weller

A-level students at Middlesbrough College celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate in 17 subjects including maths, further maths, English literature and English language.

Zoe Lewis, principal, said: “It’s an amazing achievement, made all the greater as three of the 17 subjects — French, geography and music — were only introduced at the college last year.

“We’re so very proud of all our staff and students, including our 16 to 18-year-olds who have achieved an overall A-level pass rate of 98 per cent.

“We are also celebrating 480 students achieving high grades at BTec, including 70 who have achieved triple distinction stars — the best grades possible.

“It means almost 1,000 Middlesbrough College students have applied to university this year — a great reflection on the high quality teaching at Middlesbrough College and something definitely worth celebrating.

“This year has been one of investment and expansion for Middlesbrough College, including a £3m extension to MC6, our purpose-built sixth form centre, which means we’re now able to offer places to twice as many A-level students and increase the number of courses available.”


South Cheshire College

South Cheshire College

South Cheshire College students are celebrating today (Thurs) after achieving another outstanding set of A-level results.

The Crewe institution celebrated an overall A-level pass rate of 99.7 per cent and 82 per cent of A-level passes were achieved at grades A*, A, B and C from 861 A-level entries.

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of students achieved A* and A grades and 37 out of 40 A-level subjects achieved 100 per cent pass rates.

In English literature, a third of students who took the qualification celebrated the top A* grade.

Top performers at the college included James Taylor, Alex Upcott-Gill and Annie Smith who all achieved a mixture of A* and A grades between them.

Alex Upcott-Gill

Alex Upcott-Gill

Alex Upcott-Gill was the college’s star A-level performer achieving three A* grades in maths, further maths and physics.

The former Malbank School pupil is now looking forward to studying a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Bath from September.

Alex, aged 18, of Nantwich, said: “I’m really pleased with my grades and they are better than I expected. I’m looking forward to university now and starting a new chapter in my life.

“It has been a fantastic experience at college and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. The support I’ve received from tutors has also been excellent.”

Annie Smith

Annie Smith

Annie Smith is over the moon after gaining an A* in biology and A grades in chemistry and physics.

Annie, a former Sir Thomas Boughey High School pupil, starts a place at Lancaster University next month where she will study a five year degree in Medicine.

Annie, 18, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs, said: “I’m thrilled with my grades. I was hoping for three A grades but to get an A* is the icing on the cake.

“I didn’t know many people when I first came to college but it has been a fantastic experience here and all the hard work has paid off. I’m glad I chose to come here after school.”

South Cheshire College Principal Jasbir Dhesi was delighted with the results which put students on course for university and successful career paths.

He said: “I’m very pleased for all the students who have achieved such outstanding grades and this has been another excellent year for South Cheshire College.

““The results are testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students and parents who play such an important role as well. We wish students all the best as they progress to university or their chosen career.”


Heart of Worcestershire College

Charlotte Price and Aleigha Adams

Charlotte Price and Aleigha Adams

Among the Heart of Worcestershire College learners to have done well in their A-levels today was Ellie Davies.

The 17-year-old, from Worcester, got an As in English literature, geography and history.

She said: “I’m going to Exeter University to study geography. The college had a relaxed atmosphere and small classes which meant the support from tutors was excellent. I am really pleased and looking forward to the future.”

Laura Westwood, aged 18, Worcester, got an A in sociology, C in psychology and D in religious studies. She said: “I had a very good time at the college. Sociology was fantastic. I had great help from the tutors and if I had a different teacher I wouldn’t have done so well. I am going onto study nursing at Worcester University.”

Meanwhile, Katie Davies, 18, from Worcester, got Cs in sociology and psychology, and an E in history.

She said: “I am going to Gloucester University  to study criminology. I chose the college because it wasn’t as restricted as other colleges. I received excellent support when I was ill at the college. I had a challenging few years but persevered.”

Nezira  Iqbal, 19, from Worcester, achieved two As in sociology and psychology, and C in English.

She said: “I am going to Worcester University to study psychology. I was originally at sixth form college but transferred as the group sizes were smaller, it was quieter and the college offered more support. Guidance was more than other colleges.”

Charlotte Price, 17, from Redditch, got Bs in English, history and psychology. She said: “I’m really happy with the amount of support I’ve received at the college. All my own hard work has paid off. My plan is to go travelling in Thailand for a year and then I want to go to university next year.”

Aleigha Adams, 18, Redditch, got an A* in psychology, A in history and B in biology. She said: “I’m so happy with my results. It just goes to show that determination and hard work does pay off in the end.

“I’m going to study law at Birmingham Uni this year and I cannot wait. I’m counting down the days.”

Lataviah Hepburn, 18, from Redditch, achieved Bs in phycology and business, and a C in media.

She said: “I’m relieved at my results. The college has been so supportive with careers advice and what to do afterwards. I’m going to Demontfort Uni in Leicester this year to study psychology and I’m really excited.”


Chichester College

For the sixth year in a row Chichester College has produced an A-level pass rate which is almost 100 per cent, and for the second year in succession overall pass rates are 99 per cent.

Twenty three A-level subjects have achievement rates of 100 per cent, and the remainder of the 32 subjects offered had pass rates above 90 per cent. These included several traditionally difficult subjects and included physics, IT, human biology, chemistry, music, classical civilisation, history, law, English literature and English language, drama, film, geography and media.

Students receiving their results were treated to strawberries, pain au chocolate, brioche and a glass of bucks fizz at a celebration breakfast held after results were handed out. It was a chance for students to enjoy the moment and share where they are off to next with their Student Tutors and teachers.

Helen Loftus, assistant principal, said: “Many congratulations to all our A-level students. We’re absolutely delighted with these fantastic results.

“The achievement rates really reflect our passion for teaching and learning and our commitment to student success. The students have worked really hard to achieve to the best of their ability and our staff have provided excellent support to get the best results possible.

“Many students have put in a tireless amount of effort to achieve their grades, which makes celebrating their successes even more rewarding”.

And among the achievers were Danielle Jackson with A*, A and A in English literature, law and classical civilisation.

Formerly of The Regis School, Bognor Regis, Danielle is looking forward to taking up her place at Cambridge in October where she will be studying Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic studies.

Classical civilisation lecturer Kim Drummond said Danielle’s work was of such a high standard it had been used as an exemplar to demonstrate how to achieve the highest grades.

And India Humphrey achieved A*s in English language and literature, history and art. She will be taking a gap year after which she will be taking up a university place where she will train to teach English.

Meanwhile Adam Harrison achieved A*, A and A in biology, physics and chemistry.In November he was awarded a Star Award in the college’s annual awards having achieved excellent results last year, despite tough personal circumstances. Adam is going to study neuroscience at Bristol.

And Lizzie Forbes got an A* and three As in sociology, English literature, English language and media. She will be studying English and creative writing at Chichester University in September.

Alongside Lizzie when she collected her results was boyfriend Matt Boothby, who studied a BTec national diploma in business and achieved D*D*D*, which is the highest possible grade and equates to three top grade A-levels. Matt will also be going to Chichester University to study business and HR.

James Hobson achieved three As in Spanish, chemistry and biology and a D in geography. He will be taking up a place at Lancaster University to study biological sciences in September.


Stockton Sixth Form College

Jake McGee, Josephine Arthur and Jordan Laing

Jake McGee, Josephine Arthur and Jordan Laing

Three science students secured their places on competitive clinical studies courses at university after achieving top grades at Stockton Sixth Form College.

Jake McGee, Josephine Arthur and Jordan Laing were part of the college’s PaCS (Pathway to Clinical Science) enrichment and were each given individual support and guidance towards securing their prestigious places.

Jake and Jordan will both study Medicine at Durham University next year while A*, A and A grades secured Josie’s place at the University of Surrey to read veterinary science.

Joanna Bailey, principal, said: “It’s fantastic to end the year on such a high after securing a 98 per cent A-level pass rate and our highest ever pass rate and high grades at AS.

“Changes to A-level qualifications have presented students with a difficult challenge, having to perform consistently across the year and being assessed by just one exam in June. They have performed exceptionally well and it’s great to see so many achieving the grades needed to study at top universities, secure apprenticeship opportunities and find employment.

“We wish all students leaving us the very best for the future.”


New College Swindon

Harry Jones

Harry Jones

Students at New College Swindon are celebrating great exam success with an increase in the number of successful A-level entries in 2014 — up from 1556 last year to 1631 with a pass rate of 97 per cent.

The percentage of students achieving A*, A or B grades was 39 per cent, with 4 per cent of students achieving an A* grade and 21 students achieving three A grades or more.

There was also an increase in the number of subjects in which 16 to 18 students achieved a perfect 100 per cent pass. Forty three out of 58 subjects had a 100 per cent pass rate, compared with 39 subjects out of 55 last year.

Harry Jones, aged 18, received five A* grades in biology, chemistry, further maths, physics and extended project qualification.

Gina Popal

Gina Popal

He said: “New College provided a large variety of A-levels to choose from and the teachers have been exceptional.  I am passionately interested by all science, especially physics.”

Harry will be going to the University of Cambridge to read natural sciences for a four-year masters degree, specialising in physics.

Gina Popal, 18, got As in biology, psychology and chemistry, plus an A in AS German, and is going to the University of Leicester to study medicine.

Thomas Penfold, 18, achieved four A* grades in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry. He will be going to Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, to read math.

Thomas Penfold

Thomas Penfold

“I had heard about the good teaching at New College from older friends who had been there. The teachers have been very supportive with everything,” he said.

New College Principal Graham Taylor said: “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.

“It’s fantastic that our students have managed to secure such impressive successes to put on their CVs.

“These results, plus the additional opportunities that have been available to them at New College such as employability, extra-curricular and community initiatives, will stay with them whichever career path they choose to go down.”


West Nottinghamshire College

Ella Kicks, Bryony Moody and Kerrie-Ann Leader

Ella Kicks, Bryony Moody and Kerrie-Ann Leader

West Nottinghamshire College achieved an overall pass rate of 99.2 per cent and as with previous years, it opened its doors at 7am to give students the earliest possible opportunity to collect their results.

The college also provided extra support for those who needed to go through the clearing system to secure their university place.

Students were given access to computers and telephones to contact UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service) and university admissions teams in two ‘clearing rooms’, while the college’s own careers and employability team was on hand to offer support and advice.

Almost a third of the overall number of students (31 per cent) achieved A* to B.

Principal Dame Asha Khemka said: “I am very encouraged that we continue to deliver such strong A Level results and have once again exceeded the national pass rate, this time by 1.2 per cent.

“Good A-level results are the springboard to university or the world of work and students can feel justifiably proud of the effort and commitment they’ve put in over the last two years, supported by their families and our excellent tutors.

“It’s great that so many students have secured a place at their first-choice university, which is a reflection of their desire and motivation to reach their potential.

“This has been an outstanding year for the college and, as we congratulate students on their fantastic achievements today, we look forward to welcoming many new ones in September as they embark on the journey towards their chosen career.”

Students spoke of their joy after collecting their results.

Ella Kicks, aged 17, from Tibshelf, Derbyshire, was delighted to achieve an A* in sociology and A grades in biology and psychology. She said: “It’s what I was hoping for so I’m so relieved. It means I can get into the University of St Andrews in Scotland to study psychology, which is great.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at West Notts – my tutors allowed me to learn independently, which gave me some great flexibility. I’m now looking forward to university life.”

Bryony Moody, 18, from Mansfield, achieved an A* in maths and B grades in pure maths and chemistry – allowing her to progress straight on to a Master’s degree at the University of Sheffield.

She said: “I’m so pleased – I had a really sleepless night. It was tricky working out my results when I opened the envelope but I’ve just logged onto the UCAS website and it say’s I’m in. I’ve just phoned my family to tell them the good news and everybody’s really happy for me. I’ve got what I wanted.”

Kerrie-Ann Leader, 19, from Mansfield, described herself as “surprised but really happy” to get an A* in English literature, an A in ICT and a B in English language, which has secured her a place at the University of Sheffield, where she will study linguistics.

She said: “I didn’t think I’d get these grades so I’m really happy. I think it’ll take a while to sink in. Academically, I’m really happy to get into my first-choice university. I’ve been told I’m eligible for an overseas scholarship, which means I get to do a paid work placement for a year in a country of my choice. I’ve only just found this out this morning. I’ll probably choose America.”

Getting the right A-level grades will also enable two mature learners who returned to college in very different circumstances to pursue their dream careers.

Sally Clayton, from Mansfield, is one step closer to achieving her ambition of re-training as a maths teacher after securing a B in law, C in maths and E in physics.

Sally Clayton proud of her grades which will take her one step closer to being a maths teacher

Sally Clayton proud of her grades which will take her one step closer to being a maths teacher

The 26-year-old is set to embark on a maths degree and PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University after taking the brave decision to quit her successful career in the restaurant industry, which included a managerial role at celebrity chef Marco Pierre White’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Box Tree.

She said: “Opening the envelope was possibility the most nerve-wracking experience of my life. The thought of two years’ of hard work possibly ending in disappointment was pretty terrifying.

“When I realised I got the grades I needed I felt a thousand different emotions – but all positive ones.”

Sally added: “I’ve just had an email from university to say ‘congratulations and welcome’ so that’s a great relief.

“I’m really excited about what the future holds and I can’t wait for university because, even though I’ve done a lot with my life, looking back I feel I missed out on that experience so I’m delighted that now I can get to go and do it.

“I’m also looking forward to the prospect of becoming a teacher, which will hopefully be something I’m good at and enjoy.”

Samantha Reece, 27, from Mansfield,was “over the moon” with her A grade in sociology and Cs in English language and psychology.

It means the mother-of-two has secured a place on a childcare studies degree at Nottingham Trent University – meaning her ambition of becoming a primary school teacher is clearly in sight.

Samantha, mum to son Dillon, eight, and daughter Georgina, four, took the bold step of returning to the classroom three years ago after spending four years working full-time at McDonalds, studying GCSEs before progressing to A-levels.

She said: “Juggling my responsibilities as a mother with coming to college and doing course work and exams hasn’t been easy – but it was the best decision I ever made.

“It changed my life and it’s definitely going to change my children’s lives. They see me doing something positive, which gives them a role model.

“I’ve become accustomed to the routine of coming home from college, giving the children their tea and, once they’re in bed, begin studying for the rest of the night. And then you get up the next morning and do it all over again!

“But it’s definitely been worth it and it’s preparing me for my working life because, once I’m teaching, it will be exactly the same.

“I’ve been left school over ten years and finally I’m on track. It’s like I’ve finally made it.”

Ben Faulkner's childhood dream of becoming a pilot takes off today with his much-awaited A-level grades that he needs to apply to the RAF

Ben Faulkner’s childhood dream of becoming a pilot takes off today with his much-awaited A-level grades that he needs to apply to the RAF

Ben Faulkner, from Mansfield Woodhouse, is dreaming of a career in the RAF after getting the grades he needs to train as a pilot.

The 19-year-old is currently part-way through the application process and was thrilled to get a B in sociology, C in fine art and D in physics.

He said: “Now I’ve got two A Levels graded A to C I can complete my application to become a pilot so I’m really happy about that.

“Ever since I was a young boy I’ve always wanted to fly a plane. It could take up to three years to train and it’s a competitive job but I can see a great career ahead. I need to book my next interview and have a specialist interview, a medical and a fitness test.”

“I’ve just spoken to my mum and she’s delighted,” added Ben.

Jack Johnson, 18, from Shirebrook, has bagged a place at Loughborough University – his first choice institution – to study economics and accounting after gaining an A* in business and B grades in accounting and law.

He said: “I’m looking at getting some work placements within accounting practices while studying, which will help me decide on the career I’ll be heading for.

“I’ve had a brilliant time at West Notts College. The tutors have really spurred me on and I got full marks in three of my business exams.

“I’ll be off into town tonight celebrating with my friends.”

Beth Allen, 18, from Edwinstowe, is planning to study disaster management and environmental hazards at either Kingston or Coventry universities after getting an A grade in geography, B in biology and C in chemistry.

But first she aims to spend two years working and travelling.

She said: “I want to travel to New Zealand – that’s been my plan for the last few years. I will work for a year and save up to fund my trip.

“But I definitely want to study disaster management and environmental hazards afterwards. It may sound strange but disasters fascinate me.  When you look at a hurricane hitting somewhere like Australia, there are a multitude of reactions and to study this kind of thing would be great.”


New College Durham

Jennifer Dover

Jennifer Dover

After anxiously waiting for their A-Level results, New College Durham students today discovered they had no need to worry.

The hard work of students and staff led to a 100 per cent pass rate in 14 subjects including maths, English language, English literature, physics, chemistry, biology, history and geography. With an overall pass rate of 98 per cent the majority of students now look forward to studying at university.

New College Durham Sixth Form students Jennifer Dover and Jabez Sherrington are looking forward to starting their university courses having performed well at A-level.

Jennifer Dover, aged 19 and from Crook, achieved an A and two Bs and will study fashion design and marketing at Northumbria University. Jabez Sherrington, 19, from Spennymoor, achieved two As and two Bs and will study English literature at Exeter University.

Jon Ridley, head of sixth form, said: “This year’s excellent pass rate reflects the hard work and commitment of the students over the past two years and the dedication of our expert teaching staff. We wish our students every success in their future studies at university or as they embark upon their chosen career path.”


Richard Huish College

Richard Huish College's A-level class of 2014

Richard Huish College’s A-level class of 2014

Richard Huish College set itself a new record in high grades with 90 students gaining three or more A/A*grades, and 38 of these gaining two or more A* grades.

Five of the Taunton sixth form college’s students achieved four A* grades – three of these got an additional A grade.

Nicholas Darby achieved four A* grades in biology, chemistry, physics and further maths with an A grade in maths. Nicholas has been accepted into Cambridge to read medicine.

Zoe Backhouse achieved four A* grades in classical civilisation, English literature, English language and French with an A grade in drama and theatre studies.  Zoe will be going to Bristol University to read English and classics.

Jordan Hembrow got four A* grades in biology, physics, maths and further maths and an A in chemistry.  He is off to Exeter to read physics.

Charles Turner and Max Weston were also high-achieving students, both gaining four A* grades. Charles is going to Imperial to read physics, and Max will be going to Bath to read sports and exercise science.

The Richard Huish College class of 2014 managed to significantly surpass national averages at A-level and equivalent qualifications.

Principal John Abbott said: “This is the seventh consecutive year that we have achieved above 55 per cent A* to B grades and 80 per cent A* to C grades and 99 per cent pass rate overall at A-level.

“This consistent high performance reinforces our position as one of the country’s highest performing sixth form colleges. These achievements begin with the efforts of our partner schools and are consolidated by the commitment, work and expertise of students and college staff.”


Birmingham Metropolitan College

Birmingham Metropolitan College A-level student Cameron Holsey

Birmingham Metropolitan College A-level student Cameron Holsey

Birmingham Metropolitan College handed out 4,000 results this morning for students across Midlands.

And its overall pass rate of 95.3 per cent showed an ever-improving picture.

Sixteen out of 38 subjects studied this year received a pass rate of 100 per cent, with the highest performing subjects being maths, biology, law and psychology.

Among the successful students was Cameron Holsey, who is moving onto a sought-after place on an advanced engineering apprenticeship at Network Rail.

Cameron, who gained A-levels in geography (A), business studies (A) and English literature (C) said: “When I started my studies I planned  to go to university but I realised I wanted to get a job and carry on my learning in that way – without worrying about running up lots of debt.”

The 18-year-old begins a three-year training programme next month that will include a year at the HMS-Sulton Royal Navy base in Gosport, then two years at Network Rail’s depot in Stafford.

Mary Kate Price, aged 26, will be studying at Cambridge University. She is pictured with her four children -  Eleanor and Ethan, and Alex and Rhys

Mary Kate Price, aged 26, will be studying at Cambridge University. She is pictured with her four children – Eleanor and Ethan, and Alex and Rhys

Mary Kate Price, aged 26, proved it’s possible to combine studying with a busy family life. As a mother-of-four children under the age of five, she has been able to achieve her dream of pursuing her studies at Cambridge University having obtained A-levels in Maths (A*), chemistry (A) and history (A).

She said: “I’m delighted to achieve my ambition of being able to study for a degree in education with physical science, but know it wouldn’t have been possible without a huge amount of support from my husband and my parents. Hopefully I’ve made them proud.”

Principal Andrew Cleaves said: “I’m delighted that our students’ learning journeys have culminated in these outstanding A-level results.”

He added: “The college prides itself on the broad range of A-levels we provide, along with the employer-led learning, training and mentoring opportunities that are offered to our students, which mean they are better equipped for whatever choice they make next, whether that’s the world of work, or university study.”


Exeter College

Rachel Hough and Joe McShane

Rachel Hough and Joe McShane

A-level students and staff at Exeter College continued a year of outstanding news with today’s announcement of a 99.5 per cent pass rate.

Bucking the national trend, the college also increased its number of top grades, with half of the 780 students achieving A*, A and B grades including an impressive 114 A* grades.

Students taking the very popular traditional subjects of maths and English literature, for example, particularly excelled.

More than 68 per cent of the 136 A-level maths students gained high grades A*, A or B grade and 24 per cent gained the highest A* grade. In English literature 56 per cent of the 188 students achieved high grades which are demanded by the top universities.

One student exceeded all expectations, scoring 100 per cent in her A-level biology exam. Rachel Hough, aged 18 and from Exeter, achieved three A* grades in geography, philosophy and biology and an A in critical thinking.

Progressing to Oxford to read Geography, Rachel described her time at college as “motivational and preparation for life”.

Principal Richard Atkins said: “Today’s results are exceptional. We are particularly proud of the continued increase in the percentage of students getting the very high grades that are in such demand.

“This year Ofsted praised our commitment to supporting the progress of all our students through a balance of outstanding teaching and learning and the enormous range of our enrichment activities.

“These results are a further reminder of the hard work of our students and staff, which means that our students are ideally placed to progress to the UK’s top competitive universities as well as taking up exciting and challenging job opportunities.

“I’d like to congratulate all the students and staff at Exeter College who have worked so hard this year and we wish them all well in the next stage of their careers.”


New College Telford

New College Telford student Carys Allen, age 18, is celebrating A-level results which mean she can follow her dream career in medicine, after battling a life threatening heart condition since birth.

Carys, who achieved A* grades in biology and English language and an A in chemistry, was born with only one ventricle to her heart – which meant she has spent long periods in hospital since birth and has to undergo regular tests and take medication. However, she has not let that hold her back and her many visits to hospital inspired her decision to aim for a career in medicine.

Carys Allen

Carys Allen

She has now been successful in securing a place at the University of Liverpool to study medicine.

Carys is a keen dancer and charity fundraiser who has previously been awarded the High Sheriff of Shropshire’s Outstanding Young Citizenship Award. She is heavily involved with the ‘Little Hearts’ charity which supports families with children who share her condition.

Carys is also an inspiration to others with dyslexia, having developed her own coping strategies, as well as support from the college, to ensure that she has achieved a grade A* in English at A-level.

As she collected her results today, Carys said: “I am so shocked. It hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m going to medical school. I’m looking forward to celebrating now.”

Fiona O’Brien, acting principal at New College Telford, said: “Carys’s achievements are a fantastic testament to the success that hard work and unwavering ambition can bring. We’re very proud to say that such an outstanding and inspirational young woman is one of our students and we wish her all the best in her future career.”


Bracknell & Wokingham College

Bracknell and Wokingham College's A-levels class of 2014

Bracknell and Wokingham College’s A-levels class of 2014

Bracknell & Wokingham College students received their A-level results recording a 100 per cent pass rate for the fifth year running.

Its pass rate for A*to E grades was 100 per cent, for A* to C grades it was 65 per cent and for A* to B grades it was 33 per cent.

Principal Campbell Christie CBE said: “It has been another very successful year for our A-level students with a 100 per cent pass rate for the fifth consecutive year.

“It was also very pleasing to see that more students gained A to C grades than in the previous year. This is against a national trend of falling high grades.

“A-levels are undoubtedly more rigorous year on year and the fact that our students have ‘bucked’ this trend is all credit to their hard work and our lecturers dedication and professionalism.

“I am sure that those going on to higher education will be equipped with the skills and knowledge gained at the college to succeed in their chosen course. I wish them every success for the future.”

Hayley Wighton got As in maths and biology, and a B in chemistry. She said: “I’m fairly pleased with my results as I was hoping to get A*s but I‘ve got what I need to go on to university, so I can’t be too disappointed.

“I’ll be doing bio-veterinary science at the Royal Veterinary College in London. I did a year of sixth form before coming here but it wasn’t for me. A-levels at college has been fantastic and I’m so pleased I made the change.”

Daniel Jones achieved an A* in photography, a B in Geography and C in English.

“I’m going to Royal Holloway to do Geography,” he said. “I’m so excited and can’t wait to go now I know I’ve got the grades to get me there. I’m working today but will be celebrating tonight.

“The help and support I’ve had from my tutors has been brilliant. I didn’t do great in my photography AS-level last year so to get an A* in my A-level this year is unbelievable.”

Barnaby Smith got two As in chemistry and maths, and B in physics. He said: “I am very happy with my grades, I got what I need to get into Bristol University where I’ll be doing the undergraduate degree in chemistry which should open up a lot of different avenues for my career later on.

“Without the help that I had from my fantastic teachers, I really would not have got anywhere near these grades. I’ve not been the most punctual of students and so my tutors have pushed me to better myself and get, myself and, my work in on time.”


Barnet and Southgate College

Hundreds of students across the UK rode the emotional roller-coaster of receiving results in A and AS levels today, including those at Barnet and Southgate College.

More than 500 students were given their results, many of them exceeding their own expectations and the results were better than last year with 100 per cent pass rates achieved in a number of subjects, including business studies, chemistry, economics, English language and literature, film studies, further maths, history, law, music technology, photography and sociology.

Caleb Kirton

Caleb Kirton

Caleb Kirton is 19 years old and is originally from Texas in the USA. He moved to the UK a few years ago and his family settled in Barnet. He’s been studying A-levels at the college for the last two years and achieved an A* in law, As in government & politics and English literature (grade A) and an A* in his extended project in politics.

Caleb said: “I’ve exceeded my own expectations with my results today. I’m over the moon and really glad all my hard work has actually paid off.

“I’m going to Kings College London to study law and there I’m planning on getting a first in my degree, then I hope to study for a Master’s degree after which I hope to become a barrister.”

Enrico Mullings, aged 21 and from Muswell Hill, had a challenging couple of years, after not doing that well in his AS-levels he had to change his focus to improve his results. Luckily his hard work and determination paid of studying A-levels in psychology (Grade C), sociology (Grade A), English language and literature (Grade C) and extended project (Grade A*).

Enrico Mullings

Enrico Mullings

Enrico said: “I’m in shock and I’m just taking it all in. I’ve actually got the grades and got my place at the University of Birmingham where I’ll be studying sociology.

“It’s been a challenging few years for me. I dropped out of school and was working for a while and then just found myself at a dead end. I knew I had to do something to turn things around, so I made the decision to come to Barnet and Southgate College to study for my A-levels. I had a tough first year and knew that I needed to make some changes to get into university.

“I put in the effort and improved my revision technique and here I am a year later with great grades and a place at a university of my choice. My advice to anyone out there currently at a crossroads, is to take the initiative and work hard as it will pay off.”

Anthea Patsalos

Anthea Patsalos

And Anthea Patsalos studied for A-levels in sociology (grade A), business studies (grade B) and psychology (grade C). The 19-year-old, from High Barnet, is happy to have achieved the grades to accept a place at Kent University to study law.

Anthea said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at college but I’m really looking forward to going to university to study law and one day I want to be a qualified solicitor.”

Principal David Byrne said: “Barnet and Southgate College has achieved some impressive A and AS-level results this year with 100 per cent pass rates in many subjects, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of our students. Many of them will be the first generation to be going on to university and they should be very proud of their achievements.”


Westminster Kingsway College

Westminster Kingsway College

Westminster Kingsway College A-level learners

Hundreds of Westminster Kingsway College learners have received the college’s best A-level results in recent years.

The college provided advice stations throughout the King’s Cross Centre, where an expert team of learner consultants and careers advisers were available to guide learners through the clearing process if needed and help them to take the next step into university or into their chosen career options.  

Sebastian Salazar

Sebastian Salazar

Sebastian Salazar, from Camden, was a top college performer with two A*s and an A in maths, further maths, physics and will now be going to Imperial College to study for a degree in maths.

He said: “I am so pleased with my results today. Westminster Kingsway College supported me with my English and the other students are very supportive too. The college also helped me with my application to University.”

Principal Andy Wilson said: “Firstly, I would like to congratulate all of the Westminster Kingsway College students who have received their A-level and BTec results today and the staff who have taught them.

“The college has seen an increased percentage of students passing their A-levels contrary to national trends and we have seen a record number achieving A* and A grades. Well done to everybody.”


Harlow College

Harlow College

Harlow College’s A-level class of 2014

Harlow College’s high-achieving students helped it secure a 100 per cent pass rate for the third year in a row.

Not only that, but 58 per cent of the passes were at grades A* to B and 83 per cent were at grades A* to C.

Among the many students who achieved excellent results were 18-year-olds Pandora Dominiak and Louis Exley.

Pandora, from Epping in Essex, got an A* in chemistry, two As in maths and physics, and A in AS further maths. She’s going to Kings College London to study physics with theoretical physics.

“After my course I’d like to move to Sweden and study at the University of Uppsala to do my PhD,” she said. “I’m also interested in Law so I may do a conversion course – I have a few avenues to explore.

“The three-hour lessons were tough at first, but once you get used to them you can really go in depth into the subject and it’s really good preparation for university.”

Louis, from Roydon in Essex, got two A*s in sociology and psychology and an A in government & politics. He’s going to the University of Surrey to study law.

He said: “After my degree I want to take the LPC course in law and train as a solicitor. My time at Harlow College has been good – I’ve really enjoyed it here and the teachers have been great. I’m delighted today. I would recommend studying A-levels to anybody who’s thinking about doing them. You study hard but it’s worth it.”

Principal Karen Spencer said: “What a fantastic achievement for our students and recognition of their hard work and dedication. I am very proud of them.

“This year we have more students than ever progressing to university, and also gaining prestigious places at top universities such as King’s College London, Exeter, Leeds, Nottingham and the Royal Veterinary College.

“This also includes students progressing from our equally successful BTec courses. A big thank you goes to everyone who has supported them, particularly our staff who are committed to helping them achieve bright futures.”


Warwickshire College

Warwickshire College students at the Leamington and Rugby centres have picked up another outstanding set of A-level results, improving on last year’s impressive pass rate.

The college’s students bettered last year’s figure with a 98.4 per cent pass rate – with Rugby students achieving 100 per cent. Students across the two centres achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in 16 A-level subjects including English, physics, accounting and economics.

Alex Neumann, aged 18 and from Warwick, achieved A*, A and B in maths, physics and chemistry, and is going to the University of Leicester to study physics.

He said: “I’m pleased as I’ve done better than I thought, and relieved that I’ve got the place at the university where I wanted to go.

“I came to college to do my A-levels as I felt that I would be treated more as an adult and get more independence. College is more relaxed and you get more freedom – and I got the results I needed as well.”

Martin McKenzie, 20 and from Daventry, achieved an A* and two As in maths, biology and chemistry and has a place at university to study chemical engineering. He said, “I’m really happy but it’s a relief at the same time. I didn’t expect to do so well so I’m looking at all my options now.”

Connie Bowry

Connie Bowry

Connie Bowry, 19 and from Stratford, achieved the A* in Biology she needed to take up her place to study Biomedical Science at York University.

She said: “I’m so pleased to have got my place at uni – I’m a bit nervous but looking forward to it as well. I regretted not doing A-level biology at school, so came to college and everyone was really supportive.”

Peter Harris, 19 and from Rugby, is going on to study English literature and history at the University of East Anglia after achieving As in English literature and religious studies and a B in history. Peter came to Warwickshire College, Rugby, after doing one year at a local sixth form.

He said: “I hated it at sixth form. I really wanted to go to university though so I started looking at other options and decided to come to Rugby for an open day to see what it was like. The teaching staff were really nice and they did the courses that I wanted to do so I enrolled.

“I’ve had a great time here and I was really excited to get my results and I can’t wait to start my course at East Anglia.”

John Rees, deputy principal, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our outstanding A Level results this year – it is a real testament to the talent, hard work and dedication of our students and staff along with the high quality teaching and learning environment here at Warwickshire College.

“Congratulations to the students who have achieved this fantastic success with the college, and we wish them all the very best for the future, whatever they choose to do. They should be extremely proud of their achievements today.”


Solihull Sixth Form College

Solihull Sixth Form College A-level achievers Duncan Calvert, Alex Fergusson Liam Clarke and Kirsty Mears

Solihull Sixth Form College A-level achievers Duncan Calvert, Alex Fergusson, Liam Clarke and Kirsty Mears

There were A* grades aplenty at Solihull Sixth Form College as 300 of the top grades were handed out.

The college achieved a best ever 300 starred grades (A* at A-level and distinction* at BTec level) and a pass rate of 97.7 per cent.

Among the exam excellence, 511 students got all higher grades at advanced level (A to C at A-level or BTec merit or above), of which 144 students obtained at least three or more A to A* grades at A-level or distinction/distinction* grades in BTec courses.

Outstanding results have been achieved across many subject areas. Indeed, there was a 100 per cent pass rate in 29 advanced level subjects. This includes BTec courses, the results of which were confirmed last month.

Duncan Calvert, aged 18 and from Solihull, is one such successful student. He achieved A* grades in maths, physics and his extended project, as well as an A in chemistry, and is progressing to the University of Bath to study chemical engineering.

“It’s a top feeling making my family proud,” said Duncan. “I’m really looking forward to going to Bath. I went to the open day and it was really good. My department was amazing.”

Fellow student Liam Clarke, 18 and from Birmingham, is joining Duncan at Bath. Liam will be studying maths at degree level after achieving three A grades and one A* in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics.

Liam said: “I’m so relieved I got the grades I needed. I was too scared to check at first, because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt it could go either way, but it went a lot better than I thought it would, so I’m happy.”

Away from the sciences, there were students planning to study arts courses at university. One such student is Alex Fergusson, 17 and from Solihull, who is moving to London to study music at Royal Holloway, University of London. He achieved all A* grades in A-level music, maths, further maths and chemistry.

Alex said: “I didn’t expect to do this well. The Further Maths paper was so hard, so I am really happy with my grade. I’m looking forward to university. I haven’t decided what I want to do as a career yet, but studying Music at university gives me the chance to do both performance and some music composition, while Music college tends to focus just on performance.”

For Kirsty Mears (aged 18, from Solihull), the University of Oxford is the destination. She achieved A* grades in A level History and English Literature, as well as an A in Philosophy.

She commented, “I was really pleased to be offered a place at Oxford and I worked hard to achieve the grades I need to get in. It’s been a tough year and the whole family was really nervous about my results, but I’m so excited to be going to Oxford now. I had to do a History aptitude test, write an essay and have an interview to get my offer at Oxford. It took four days, but it was actually fun and that’s when I realised I wanted to go to Oxford. I had been unsure, because I wasn’t sure it was right for me, but when I visited I realised everyone was so friendly and like-minded.”

Principal Paul Ashdown said: “These are a terrific set of results and I’m very proud of the students for all their hard work. The dedication of our teaching staff cannot be over-stated either, because they have worked incredibly hard to guide our students to these outstanding results.

“We are particularly pleased with the large number of A* and distinction* grades achieved. In addition, 30 per cent of the grades students have left with are A, distinction and starred grades. These exceptionally high levels of attainment are very difficult to achieve and place our students among the most highly sought after young people by universities and employers.”


The Manchester College

Aimee Singleton

Aimee Singleton

Aimee Singleton, aged 18 and from Bredbury, in Stockport, came top of the class at The Manchester College today when she received her A-level results.

Her results of history A*, psychology A* and maths A, along with a B in AS English literature, saw Aimee top the results table at the college this year.

Aimee said: “I can’t believe it. I’ve been trying not to think about it before I got here, but one minute you think you’ll have done ok then the next minute I’d change my mind. I’m so pleased.”

Aimee will be starting at Warwick University in September studying ancient history and classical archaeology. “I’ve always liked history and I thought I can either do something in that area or it’s a subject you can transfer into other areas with. It keeps my options open,” she said.

Bethany May

Bethany May

Bethany May, 19 and from Northern Moor, hopes to one day write a book, and her A-level results have definitely set her off on the right foot.

She confirmed her place at York St John’s to study English literature after achieving two Bs in English literature and creative writing, and two Cs in English language and media.

“I was so relieved to see my results and know I’d got into York. Long term I hope to get into publishing and maybe one day I’ll write a book,” she said.

Sasoun Torossian, 20 from Fallowfield, combined studying for his BTec level three in engineering with A-level maths to achieve his dream of studying mechatronics at university.

Sasoun Torossian

Sasoun Torossian

Sasoun achieved an A* in maths and two D* (distinction) in his BTec which saw him accepted on his chosen course.

“I was so nervous, I think I only slept for two or three hours last night,” he said. “I thought I’d get a B in my maths so when I saw the A* I couldn’t believe it.”

Sasoun will be heading to Manchester University in September. He said: “Career-wise, it’s definitely going to be something in mechatronics. I may even move over to the US to specialise in robotics.”

Mehwish Ada Malik, 18 and from Oldham, is a step closer to realising her dream of becoming a pharmaceutical researcher with her A-level results.

Mewish Ada Malik

Mewish Ada Malik

Achieving chemistry B, maths A and biology A, secured Mehwish a place at Manchester University to study medical biochemistry.

Mehwish said: “I was confident I was going to do well, but I was still really nervous. But the hard work has paid off, and I’m so happy.”

Mehwish’s future looks exciting, she said: “I’ve always wanted a research role, and after these results that’s a reality.”

Georgia Brennan, 18 and from Oldham, was up bright and early to collect her results this morning and was rewarded with maths A*, further maths A, physics B and a C in AS English.

“I was so nervous this morning, but when I saw my results I was so happy. I’ve got my place at the University of Manchester to study maths,” she said.

Georgia Brennan

Georgia Brennan

“I’m going to see where it takes me, maybe a Master’s degree or perhaps into engineering. My options are open.”

A career in science is now a reality for Tracy Voang, 18 and from Urmston, having achieved an A* in maths, a B in physics, an A in psychology and an A in AS further maths.

“I was actually quite relaxed before opening my envelope, but now the excitement has hit me and I’m overjoyed,” said Tracy.

Tracy Voang

Tracy Voang

Her results have secured her a place at Leeds University to study maths. Tracy has set her sights on a career as a research scientist after finishing her degree.

The wait to get their results was double agony for best friends Tatiana Feriancova and Nerniga Klevinskaite as they were not only hoping for their own A-level grades to get them into their chosen university, but the grades for each other as well.

After meeting at The Manchester College, Tatiana and Nerniga became friends and decided they would move on to Aberdeen University together to continue their studies.

And luckily both 19-year-olds got their required grades to get onto their chosen courses and they will be heading off to Aberdeen in September.

Nerniga Klevinskaite and Tatiana Feriancova

Nerniga Klevinskaite and Tatiana Feriancova

Nerniga, who came from Lithuania two years ago to study for her A-levels, got A* maths, B further maths and C accounting. Neringa will now study maths at university.

Tatiana, from Slovakia got three Bs in maths, cchemistry and biology and will be studying chemical engineering in Aberdeen.

Tatiana said: “I’ve been nervous the whole summer waiting for my results. I went back home to Slovakia so I’ve not had chance to meet up and speak to anyone during the holidays.

“I’m delighted with my results and so pleased that myself and Neringa will be going to university together.”

Neringa said: “We can now relax and look forward to going to university.”


Stratford-upon-Avon College

Stratford-upon-Avon-College A-level achievers 2014

Stratford-upon-Avon-College A-level achievers 2014

 A-level pass rates at Stratford-upon-Avon College were strong once again and student success continued to improve year-on-year, with 96 per cent of students passing.

The percentage of students achieving the very highest grades rose by 7 per cent and 100 per cent of students studying English and maths at A-level passed.

Principal Nicola Mannock said: “These results are a brilliant outcome for our students and staff at the College and a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved. I would like to congratulate everyone on their well-deserved success.”