Southwark College students have scooped great results in their GCSE exams, opening the door for further study and employment.
With many having originally failed to get their English and maths GCSEs at school, re-sitting the exams in the College environment has proved a great way of gaining these all-important qualifications.
So many students have achieved passes in English, maths and science, which will enable them to move on to higher level courses and make them more attractive to employers across all sectors.
The students’ achievements are particularly impressive because they have studied for their GCSEs alongside the demands of their chosen vocational programme. Southwark College offers courses across a huge range of subject areas from Dance and Drama to Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, and Travel & Tourism.
This year’s GCSE exams – which are all now graded 9-1 instead of the old A*-G grades – have been tougher than ever, but that hasn’t stopped some students at Southwark College from achieving high grades which will open the door to degree courses.
Annette Cast, Principal of Southwark College, says: “I am thrilled to see such great results and I am very proud of our students’ achievements, particularly as many have complex lives.
“Our GCSE maths and English results have improved significantly since last year, which is fantastic, as we know that the qualification is now much more rigorous and exam based”
Amir Javadi, who achieved a 7 in Triple Science, will now move on to the College’s Access to Law course.
Andree Simone Hendry got a 7 and a 6 in her Combined Science GCSE, securing a place to study Primary Teaching at London Metropolitan University.
Cherih Mo achieved a grade 5 in English, which will allow her to start studying Level 3 Business at the College in September. She says: “I love the College! After my Level 3 I want to study for a degree at the University of Greenwich.”
Jamie Prior scooped a grade 4 in both English and maths GCSE, hitting the entry requirements for a degree in Media at Leeds Trinity University. “I’m so happy. I’m off to celebrate!” he says.
Terri-Ann Williams, currently a school teacher landed a grade 7 in GCSE Combined Science which she is delighted with – Terri-Ann says: “This is much better than I expected, I have just returned to education and this will allow me to study for A level science, and then onto my second degree – this time in Medicine at Kings College”.