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 percent pass rate this
Gateshead College students once again shone with grades which
were 5 percent above the national average 89 percent success
A record 13 subjects achieved 100 percent pass rates including
biology, English, French, law and maths.
The majority of students gained or even surpassed predicted
grades with a 10% increase in students achieving A* - B grades year
on year - some of the brightest gained impressive A* and A grades
across the board.
Many will now be going onto degree studies at universities
across the country or pursuing vocational qualifications.
They include 21-year-old Om Kumari Budha Magar, who's set to
take a year out to gain more medical work experience before
applying to study medicine specialising in gynaecology at Cambridge
Univeristy and Rebecca Whitcombe, 18, who's taking up a place at
University of Sunderland to study photography.
Tim Poolan, strategy manager for curriculum at Gateshead
College, was among the first to applaud the students on their
He said: "I'm so very proud of all the hard work the students
have put in, which together with the dedication and quality of the
teaching we provide, has enabled us to achieve such a fabulous set
"All of our students have done incredibly well and their grades
are a result of the commitment they have shown to their studies
over the past two years. Our high achievers have done amazingly
well and beaten last year's record with 10 percent more students
achieving the top grades of A* to B.
"However, any students concerned about getting a place at
university or who worried about what to do next have plenty of
options available. Traditionally A Levels have created a route to
university but students may opt to move on to vocational study,
such as an apprenticeship, or can study higher education at
"Gateshead College offers a wide range of foundation and honours
degree courses delivered by lecturers who have worked in industry
and commerce and understand the skills employers want from young
"Our higher education courses, delivered in partnership with
local universities, meet the needs of specific industries and equip
students with the confidence and skills to succeed in the
"Colleges can provide practical work experience that really
benefits the student's prospects."
Tim added that Gateshead College is committed to keeping fees as
low as possible to make sure that higher education is accessible
for everyone and added that studying at a local FE College and
living at home provides other benefits too.
"It helps students to save money and avoid running up huge debts
for expensive tuition fees. It's also easier for students to
retain any part-time jobs they already have in the area, helping to
ease the financial burden while studying."
Gateshead College offers a range of degree courses, including
leadership and management, digital forensics, IT, playwork, music
technology and building services, as well as HEFCs which enable
people to access higher education qualifications.