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Local students earn unconditional love from top universities

Published: February 7, 2017

• A-level students from St Austell receive unconditional offers to top universities.
• College ranked in the top 1% of A-level providers across the U.K.

Students from St Austell are one step closer to their dreams of higher education, after celebrating unconditional offers from some of the top universities in the UK.

With many students securing places starting in September, there were a lot of smiles at the Cornwall College St Austell campus this month.

Head of A-levels at Cornwall College Chris Taylor, said it’s “so rewarding to see so many of our students receiving unconditional offers to study at university”.

“The standard of predicted results that the students have been achieving means we look set for another impressive year of A-level accomplishment,” he continued.

“At Cornwall College St Austell, we pride ourselves on a consistently high level of success, with an increasing number of students progressing to top universities to study their chosen degrees year-on-year. In fact, we’re very proud to be able to provide some of the highest achieving A-level provision in the entire county.”

Around a third of Cornwall College St Austell students gained places at Russell Group universities, which places them in the top 24 higher education establishments in the U.K.

“I see the hard work that our students put in to their studies every day and it’s wonderful that their dedication is translating to the success that they are seeing with their recent UCAS applications,” Chris added.
Seventeen-year-old student Charlotte MacDonald from Lansallos, progressed from Fowey River Academy and is currently studying A-levels in English Literature, English Language and Graphic Design as well as an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Charlotte received an unconditional place to study Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University.
“I went through an application process which involved evaluating my academic and creative potential before being invited to an interview where my portfolio was assessed,” she explained.
“In the future, I’d like to design book covers as it combines my love for literature and art. Alternatively, I’d like to work as a graphic designer within prop design for film sets. At Cornwall College, I like being able to work on projects which I have chosen and have a genuine interest in. In addition to this, all my tutors are brilliant teachers and are very approachable and supportive.”
The phenomenal level of students’ success is in keeping with the high standard of results that the College has achieved over a period of many years.

In 2016, Cornwall College students achieved record breaking results for A-levels with an overall pass rate of 99.6%, well above the national average of 98.1%. The St Austell students achieved a 100% pass rate in 25 out of 26 subjects which includes; English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, History and Law.

The culmination of the students’ success was the College being recognised by the A Level Performance System (ALPS) as in the top tier of A-level providers across the U.K.  The ALPS data analyses the progress made by students during their time at Cornwall College St Austell and shows that the Overall Quality Indicator Score is Grade 1, along with the overall teaching quality indicator, both of which is equal to the best scores in the sector’s top 1%.
Student Georgina Dent, 18, lives in St Austell and progressed to Cornwall College from Penrice Academy. Georgina said: “I’m currently studying English Language, English Literature, and Sociology and now I’ve got an unconditional offer to study English Literature at Gloucestershire University. I’m hoping to go into publishing after university, although I’m not entirely sure what I want to do within that yet. I enjoy studying A-levels at Cornwall College as it’s a really supportive and welcoming place to be, and because it’s slightly smaller, I’m able to get more help and support from teachers than I would at other colleges.”

For more information on the range of A-level courses available at Cornwall College St Austell visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or come to our next open event on Saturday 18th March from 10am to 12pm.

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