Warwickshire College students celebrate A-level success

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STUDENTS at Warwickshire College’s Rugby and Leamington centres are celebrating today with another outstanding set of A-level results.

This year 97% of students passed their exams – a marked improvement on last year’s figure of 94%. And a total 69% gained top A* to C grades – a big leap from last year’s 65%.

Student Nick McCann from Kenilworth gained an A* in Sociology along with an A in media studies and a B in film studies.

With those results, the 18-year-old has secured himself a place at the University of the Arts in London to study film and TV production. He said: “I don’t know what to say! I was not expecting such good grades.

“Coming to Warwickshire College was the best decision I made in my life – it’s more relaxed than sixth form you get more freedom and you get more respect from your teachers.”

Jack Beckett from Leamington gained three As in history, sociology and history and will be going to the University of Sheffield to study history.

The 18-year-old, who secured a week-long internship over the summer with Leamington MP Chris White, said: “It’s blooming brilliant!”

Khilan Gohil should be going to Exeter to study politics & international relations. He achieved A in history, A in sociology and B in law.

Guy Morley, aged 23, from Coventry already knew he had a place at Coventry University to study biomedical sciences, before he picked up his results.

He said: “I’m really happy. At 23 I just needed to get into university and as long as I’m in I’m happy – I’ve worked hard and I’m happy with what I’ve got.”

Mahshid Alimi, aged 18 from Nuneaton will be going to Queen Mary’s University to study medical engineering after she gained four Bs.

She added: “I’m really happy. I wanted As. My parents will be happy!”

Akshay Shah, aged 18, from Daventry gained an A* in his accounts exam, along with a B in Maths and C in business.

He said: “I’m really happy, I got into my first choice at the University of Birmingham to study accountancy and finance.”

Mel Colley, programme area manager for A-levels, said: “Our results this year are testament to the hard work of our students and their tutors.

“We are thrilled that many of our students have got into their top choice institution and are looking forward to continuing their studies at a higher level, others have opted to go into the workplace. I wish our students all the very best for the future in whatever they choose to do.”

Warwickshire College 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 spaces left on some of its Higher Education courses, starting September 2012, for those who have yet to secure a place. For details of the courses available, see www.warwickshire.ac.uk/clearing or call admissions on 0300 45 600 45.