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Record levels of students achieve high grades at CCSW

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Cheshire College – South & West courses celebrated outstanding successes in today’s A Level and AS Level results, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for students at the college.

Headline figures include an overall pass rate of 99.7% – which is more than 2% above the national pass rate.

Exceptional results were achieved across all subjects – especially in Archaeology, Geology and German, with 100% of students achieving A* – B grades.

Overall 87.7% of students achieved grades A* – C, an increase of 5.6% from last year.

As a result, many students have secured places at the country’s top universities, including: University of Cambridge, University of Warwick, University or Manchester, University of Bristol, University of York and University College London. 

Samuel O’Bree, from Alsager, achieved A* A* A* in History, Economics and Government and Politics, will be going to University of Cambridge to study Human, Social and Political Science. 

Samuel said: “I chose A Levels as I wanted an alternative to sixth form and Cheshire College – South and West seemed to be a better suited and more comfortable environment.

“This has proved to be the case and I’ve had a really positive experience at the College. The teachers have been excellent and the results I’ve gained are higher than I expected and have meant that I’ve been accepted at University of Cambridge to study Human, Social and Political Science.

“After I complete my degree, I will study a masters degree and following this I hope to start my career working in international politics in the diplomatic service.

“I feel relieved, overwhelmed and delighted with my results and am looking forward to starting my degree at the University of Cambridge.”

Christopher Hadwen, from Nantwich, achieved A* A A in Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Economics, and will be going to University of Bristol to study Economics. 

He said: “I chose to study Economics as I find it really interesting to see how things work, especially the parts that you don’t really notice. I chose to study at Cheshire College – South & West due to its great reputation and results.

“I really enjoy the college environment, it has a great atmosphere and my course allowed me to learn independently with great support from staff when I needed it.

“In September, I will be going to University of Bristol to study economics, which I hope will lead to a fantastic career in the banking industry.”

Eve Stockton, from Crewe, gained A* A A in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, and has secured a place to study Veterinary Medicine at University of Bristol. 

She said: “I am so pleased with my results, I was in complete disbelief when I opened them and I can’t believe I’ve achieved my dream of Studying Veterinary Medicine at University.

“I decided to join the college after visiting for an open evening, I immediately liked the friendly atmosphere. The tutors and support staff have been great and always provided constant support.”

AS Level students also performed exceptionally, with an overall pass rate of 90%, which is an increase on last year’s 89%.

Subjects such as English Language, Further Mathematics, Art and Design and Geology were just a few of the stand-out subjects – all achieving a 100% pass rate.

Other remarkable achievements came from the college’s Level 3 Students, including Penny-Jane Prior who achieved D* D* D* in Creative Media Production – Games Development BTEC diploma and will be studying Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University.

Penny-Jane, from Rossett, who previously went to Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School, said: “I was considering studying Art and Design but noticed the Games Development courses at the College.

“The course has been great for me and last year I competed in the National Worldskills Competition and won gold in the 3D Game Art Category, after being encouraged by tutors to take part.”

Josh Coleman, from Crewe, also achieved D* D* D* in Art and Design (Graphics) BTEC Extended Diploma and has been celebrating his success after being offered a place to study at University of Salford.

Josh said: “After studying product design in school, I enrolled onto the media course at college and after two years I started to focus on graphic design.

“From the beginning of the course, I have been working part-time with Port Vale Football Club after completing my work experience with them.

“I am going to University of Salford this year, I ultimately chose this University because they have a similar set-up to the College, so I know I will adjust quickly and Manchester is a great creative hub for designers.”

For Sion McHugh, from Buckley, it was a double celebration after completing his Level 3 NVQ in Bricklaying Apprenticeship, he has secured a construction job and will be progressing onto a Level 4 HNC in Construction with the college.

Sion said: “When I was 16, I did not know what I wanted to do. A company looking for a Bricklayer approached me, I spent a few weeks on a trial period and after this period ended, the company offered me an Apprenticeship because they were impressed with my ability.

“I had been there for 4 years before being offered a full-time job. I am so happy that I came to the College, the tutors have been excellent and have helped me to achieve and develop in my career.”

Vice principal – curriculum & quality, Rachel Ellis-Jones said: “We are delighted to have an unprecedented year of excellent A Level results with an even greater proportion of individuals achieving really outstanding results.

“The breadth of excellent results across so many curriculum areas, including science subjects, mathematics and languages, demonstrates the exceptional teaching and facilities that we offer here at Cheshire College – South & West.

“All of our students collecting their results today should be immensely proud of their achievements and we wish them all the very best for their future.”

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