A level success for students

12 August 2015

A level Results

There is a buzz of excitement at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College today, as staff students are celebrating a super set of A Level results with 20% of the students gaining A*-A grades, 45% A*-B grades and pass rates of 98%.

For the first time in the college’s history over 700 students were sitting A level examinations this year in 45 subjects equating to 2135 entries making the college the biggest A level centre in the county.

Commenting on the achievements Principal Martin Ward, said

A level results are so important for students in terms of their progression to University or employment. The pass rate is an impressive 98% with significantly high proportions of higher grades with A*-B grades at 45% and A*-C grades at 72%. Results at A level and AS level show a pleasing improvement which benefits students from all over the county and significant numbers from even further afield. To achieve such consistency whilst providing such a range of choice to such a large number of students is a credit to the college.”


Underlying the headline rate there are many individual success stories. 3 students who were offered places at Oxford or Cambridge this year have achieved the grades required, good grades have been achieved by our international students with all the A2 students gaining A*-C grades and Jasmine Fan gaining 3 AS grades all at A grade in Economics, German and Maths.

6 students who were offered places to study Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary courses have been successful in achieving the required grades. 

60 A level students gained 3 Advanced level grades of A or A*.

It is expected that 65% of the students will go straight to university in a wide range of courses.

BTEC Advanced level results

For the second year the college has entered students for level 3 BTEC courses.  131 entries were made in BTEC Applied Science, Business, ICT and Sport and there was a pass rate of 99% and a fantastic 62% of all entries were at Distinction level.  These qualifications have a high academic content and also prepare students for the world of employment.

Chris Fountain the Chair of the Corporation offered his congratulations to students and staff. ‘I am delighted with the improved pass rate at A level and the highly successful introduction of BTEC programmes. Overall results are very good and there are many individual success stories where students have achieved their personal best.  Such fine achievements reflect the commitment of the students and college staff and build on the excellent work of local primary and secondary schools.

Shropshire Star report and images - here