Students celebrate record A-level success

13.08.2015 Warwickshire College Group students at Royal Leamington Spa College and Rugby College have picked up another outstanding set of A-level results, improving year-on-year for the past six years.



The college’s students bettered last year’s figure with a 98.6% pass rate (an increase of 0.2%) – better than the national average of 98.1% – with Rugby College students achieving 100%.  Impressively, students across the two colleges achieved a 100% pass rate in 14 A-level subjects including English Literature, Biology, History and Philosophy.  

A-level group shot 2015

More students at the college group are choosing to study the traditional ‘facilitating’ subjects including English Literature, Science and Mathematics alongside other popular subjects such as Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology.


Hollie Parsons, 24, from Coventry achieved AAA in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and has secured a sought-after place to study Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham University. She left school without any qualifications, but after doing voluntary work with animals, she set her sights on a career as a vet.


She said, “I did my GCSEs at home before coming to college to do my A-levels. I was a bit older than some of the students so thought it might be difficult, but everyone’s been great. I don’t think it has all sunk in yet!”


Aidar Pochanov, 19 is from Almaty in Kazakhstan achieved two A*s, an A and a B and is planning on studying Engineering at Imperial College, London. He said, “It’s been a great experience studying in Leamington – it’s a lot different to back home but I’ve loved it here. I wasn’t stressed about my results, so I’m pleased about getting into Imperial as it’s one of the best universities in the world.”


Calum Bilney, 19, from Dorridge achieved two As in Economics and Business and is going to study Accounting and Finance at the University of East Anglia. He said, “It’s what I was hoping for but didn’t really expect it so I’m very happy! College has been really different to school – I think it really prepares you for university as you’re treated like an adult and have to take responsibility for yourself.”


Connor McGarrity, 20 from Rugby scored BBC grades in Chemistry, Biology and Maths and is off to Sheffield Hallam University to study Biochemistry. He said, “After GCSEs I went straight into a full-time job in a local shop but, after two years there I decided it wasn't for me so I came back to college. I didn't do very well in my first year but as soon as we started applying through UCAS I realised how important it was so I decided to knuckle down and bring my A game into the second year and, thankfully, it's really paid off!


“I've got exactly the grades I was after and I'm now off to my university of choice. I'm hoping to go into either medical research or toxology when I've completed my four years.”


Corina Sehmar, 19, from Coventry got the B she needed in Health and Social Care. She said, “I want to go into media or marketing, so am looking at changing the course I’m doing from Philosophy to Media. I thought I’d messed up my exam so I’m a bit in shock but so happy!”


Lydia Pettifer, 18 from Rugby achieved A*CC in Business, Health and Social Care and Sociology

She said, “I’d had enough of school and I’d heard that Rugby College was really good so I decided to come here for my A-levels. I really enjoyed the Business course so I’ve decided to continue with the subject at university. I’m going to Sheffield Hallam to study Business Marketing and I can’t wait!

Helen Kinghorn, Vice Principal (Teaching, Learning and Quality) at Warwickshire College Group 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 Group. 


“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.”


Warwickshire College Group has help and advice available to all students, whatever their grades. Anyone concerned about their results should ring Student Services on 0300 45 600 48. In addition, the college has places left on some of its higher education courses, starting September 2015, for those who have yet to secure a place. 

For a full list of the courses still available and for help and advice, call our dedicated clearing hotline on 01926 88 48 40 or go to The clearing hotline is open from:


  •       8am-7pm on Thursday 13 August

  •       8am-7pm on Friday 14 August

  •       9am-2pm on Saturday 15 August


From Monday 17 August the hotline is open on weekdays from 9am-5pm.