Student success

Warwickshire College Group students at Royal Leamington Spa College and Rugby College are celebrating after picking up another set of excellent A-level results.

Iona McIntyre

The college’s students achieved an overall 98.1% pass rate. Impressively, students across the two colleges achieved a 100% pass rate in 18 A-level subjects including English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and History.


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 Film Studies, Sociology and Psychology.


Tom Edden is going to study Land Economy at Cambridge University after picking up A*s in Economics and Psychology and an A in Maths. Tom, 24, from Coventry said, “I found out I’d got my place on the UCAS website this morning, but I had to double check it just to make sure! I’m really pleased with the results and am looking forward to going to Cambridge. I left school after my GCSEs and had been working in various jobs, but when I made my decision to come back into education I had real tunnel vision and knew exactly what I wanted.”


Iona McIntye achieved A*AB in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and is going to study Biochemistry at Warwick University with the long-term goal of working in research. Iona, 23, from Solihull, came back into education after having her two daughters, Laura, 4 and Ruby, 2. She said, “I’m really pleased and proud of my results - I’ve done better than I needed which is great. I did A-levels before in arts subjects, but wanted to change to science so I thought college would be best for me. I’ve really enjoyed it and you get so much support. I didn’t have to juggle too much, apart from the revision which is difficult to do with young children around, so I used to get up at 4am to do my maths revision!”


Harmani Daler, 19  from Warwick has achieved her dream of studying medicine after achieving AABB in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. She said, "I'm going to Lancaster University Medical School after I successfully passed their Biomedical Admissions Test back in November. They only take 54 students a year so I'm now just really excited and can't wait until I start in October!"


John Nicholls, 18 from Milton Keynes has secured a place at Bristol University to study Engineering and Mathematics. He said, “I feel really, really good about the results I received! At AS Level I didn’t manage to get the results I was targeted for, but I’ve worked really hard this year and my efforts have really paid off. I plan on going to Bristol University to study Engineering and Mathematics, though I might defer and spent a year working to earn some money.


“I feel that the tutorials that I’ve attended at college have prepared me somewhat for studying at university and the tutors here at Rugby have been friendly and flexible, supporting me whilst I was having anxiety about my exams. After university, I would like to work in the public sector or perhaps with the government. I’ve also looked into going into research or working for the Met Office - there’s a lot of possibilities.”


Brothers Harry and Prince Kainth have successfully achieved places on the same course at Leicester University. Harry, 20, scored BBD in Economics, Psychology and Physics, while Prince, 19, achieved ACC in Business, Economics and Psychology. The brothers, from Coventry, will both be studying Economics at Leicester. Prince said, “I’m really pleased with our results and it’s going to be fun being at uni with my brother. We’re just going to break the good news to our parents.”


Harriet Tolhurst is heading for a career in the city after securing her place to study Finance and Investment Banking at Greenwich University with BCC in Accounting, Economics and Philosophy. She said, “I had an unconditional offer so I wasn’t too nervous about my results today. I was originally planning to drop the accounting A-level, but once I began it I loved it! I wouldn’t have found this career path if I hadn’t come to college so I’m really glad I did - I love London and can’t wait to start the course.”


Sam Compton from Whitnash achieved a BCC in Business, Psychology and Sociology. Sam, 17, said, “I wasn’t confident of my results so didn’t apply for uni this year, but I’m so pleased with them, it’s a really nice surprise! I’m going to take a year out and apply next year so I’m going to go to some university open days and see what my options are - I’m looking at studying Marketing. I moved from school to college for A-levels as I wanted a bit of a change and it’s worked for me!”


Ellie Jones, 19 from Warwick achieved the results she needed to secure her place studying Marine Biology/Zoology at Bangor University. She said, “I got BBB in Biology, Physics and Maths so I’m really excited but also really tired as I didn’t sleep very well last night!


“I was lucky enough to be awarded a £2000 Merit Scholarship for Bangor University, so it’s great to finally confirm my place. I’m really looking forward to starting the course and working towards my goal of becoming a research scientist.”


Beth Shailer from Coventry achieved an A* in Film Studies and a B in Media. She is going to Manchester Metropolitan University to study Advertising with Brand Management. Beth, 22, from Coventry said, “I’m really shocked by the A* - I did not expect it! I’ve been inspired by working at the Michelin-starred restaurant The Cross at Kenilworth, so hope to develop a career related to food and this is the first step.”


Christie Parker, 19 from Rugby achieved Cs in Health & Social Care, English Literature and Language and a Distinction* in ICT. She said, “When I first saw my results I was ecstatic - I burst into tears because I was just so pleased and relieved! I am now on my way to studying a Primary QTS course at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln and I cannot wait.


“I found that studying at college rather than school gave me a greater sense of independence and you knew that your grades were down to your own individual efforts. I feel that it’s prepared me better for a life at university. The tutors have been absolutely amazing - I’ve built some great relationships with the staff at Rugby College and know that they are really conscientious and caring. Once I’ve graduated, I want to work as a primary school teacher and see where my career takes me.”