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College opens doors to A-level Centre

Published: September 27, 2018

Cornwall College St Austell

Local students and their parents are invited to Cornwall College St Austell on October 11th to attend a specialist A-level information evening.

Students from Year 10 and 11 from such schools as Penrice Academy, Poltair School, Brannel School, Fowey River Academy and as far away as Looe Community Academy and Liskeard School, will gather at the A-level Centre for a showcase of the range of subjects on offer and to find out the reason the College achieved such impressive A-level statistics over the summer.

Former Poltair School student Ben Bassett recommended people attend the event, having secured A grades in History, Geography and Politics and is now studying History at Durham University.

“When I came to Cornwall College on an open day, I could see myself studying here right away,” he explained.

“The campus is small enough that you can get to know everyone but also big enough that I made loads of new friends.

“I’ve loved studying at Cornwall College St Austell over the last couple of years and I would recommend it, I think it’s brilliant. We have an excellent campus right here on the doorstep and I wasn’t going to travel miles to go to any other college when St Austell College was perfect.”

In August of this year, Cornwall College had another year of impressive results; with 21 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate overall.

A-level Further Maths students achieved 100% A* to B, as did the more artistically minded Graphic Design students.

The impressive 100% success rate continued with Media Studies, Business, Politics, French and Spanish with students all landing A* to C grades.

Head of Sixth Form at Cornwall College Roisin Higgins said that for local secondary school students, considering University options may seem a long way off, “but it inevitably shapes the choices they will soon be making about their future after completing their GCSEs”.

“This is why I encourage Year 10 and Year 11 students to gather as much information about the options available to them as they can so they choose the subjects and the college that will give them the best chance of success,” she continued.

Last year, the A-level Centre at Cornwall College saw students’ progress to a range of universities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This year, applications again reflect the expanding global opportunities in academia with students applying as far afield as the Ivy League in America.

“This is the types of success we are celebrating here at the A-level Centre and we would love for you to join us for our A-level information evening on Thursday 11th October to see how your success story could start with us,” Roisin continued.

Visitors to the College will be welcomed by course lecturers and given an opportunity to tour the facilities, including modern classrooms, IT suites and a large open-plan social space that make up the dedicated A-level Centre building.

Student ambassadors who previously studied at local secondary schools will also be on hand to give advice and guidance about studying at the College. There will also be members of the Student Services team to offer detailed information on the excellent level of support and transport available, as well as the enrichment opportunities offered to students at the College.

The large number of Cornwall College alumni who achieved amazing results in the summer have now begun their next steps, with the majority having progressed onto study at university. Notable examples include Libby Williams from Par and Charlotte Grigg from St Austell, who both secured incredible triple A* grades.

Libby got top grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and is now at Plymouth University studying Biomedical Science, while Charlotte landed the best marks in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and is now at the University of Exeter studying Maths.

Come along to the A-level information evening at Cornwall College St Austell on Thursday October 11th at any time between 5pm-8pm. Book your place today online at: www.cornwall.ac.uk/alevelevent

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