Record breaking year for Gateshead College A Level students

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 year.

Gateshead College students once again shone with grades which were 5 percent above the national average 89 percent success rate.

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 success.

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 of results. 

"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 college.

"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 people.

"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 workplace.

"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.