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.
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
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 www.warwickshire.ac.uk/clearing.
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.