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Results day at City of Bristol College

City of Bristol College was a hive of activity with students collecting their results for A Level and applied general studies. Joined by the Principal and Chief Executive, Vice Principal, Cllr Anna Keen and many academic and support staff, students celebrated their individual learning journeys and successes.  

Two thirds of the College’s A Level students achieved high grades; an improved performance from last year, with a 95% overall pass rate. 15 subjects in total secured 100% pass rate, including art and design, photography, biology, chemistry, English language, English literature, further maths, geography, history, law, maths, media studies, physics, politics, religious studies and sociology.

Lee Probert, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Bristol College, commented: “Our students are a constant source of inspiration for us and their results are a reflection of their commitment and dedication to achieve and progress. The hard work that the students have put in means that a number of them are now taking up places at a range of universities, including our own University Centre. I am grateful for the support from our teachers, support staff and parents alike, which enables our students to develop skills they need towards further study and employment.”

Cllr Anna Keen added: “Today is all about recognising the hard work of our students and the support that their friends, family, carers and teachers have provided over the years. I’d like to wish all our young people collecting their results the best of luck with whatever they decide to do next. Remember, if the grades aren’t quite what you’d hoped for there are lots of different options available and you can still be a success in the future.”

Clare Smith, 17, was diagnosed with arthritis when she was 18 months old. After struggling through these early months she was then diagnosed with a visual impairment, Uveitis. Despite her visual impairment Clare received her grades today for AS History, English and Psychology and got what she needed. Here’s what she had to say about her experience at College: “Before I started College I told my tutor I had a visual impairment and they couldn’t have been more supportive. They arranged for me to come in for familiarisation visits before term started so I got my bearings. All the way through my first year they ensured my needs were met by adapting course material into the correct font size and arranged extra time in my exams. I couldn’t have achieved what I did today without their support. When I leave next year I’m considering a career in engineering and I know the College will help me get there”.

Sorel Reed, 19, studied A Level English Language at City of Bristol College: “I am so excited that I got the ‘A’ grade I needed to get on my MA French & Linguistics course at Edinburgh University. My teacher at the College was brilliant. She got me in the right place for the exam and helped me manage my exam stress. I am extremely grateful for their support which has helped me get on the right path for my future.” 

Venecia Benevides Leoncio, 19, achieved an A* in Maths and two A’s in Physics and Further Maths. She was delighted with her results, commenting: “I want to thank my teachers for all their dedication over the last two years. I couldn’t have got these grades without their help and support. I’m so excited to have secured my place at the University of Bristol studying Mechanical & Electrical Engineering.”

For anyone completing their Level 3 studies, City of Bristol College offers a range of higher education courses in partnership with reputable universities such as Bath Spa University, Plymouth University, University of the West of England, University of Gloucestershire as well as Pearson. Students can choose from a variety of full-time and part-time courses and higher apprenticeships in art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering and health and social care, delivered in the College’s University Centre. In June 2017, the College was awarded a Silver TEF Award for its higher education provision, highlighting students’ outstanding outcomes in terms of gaining highly skilled employment upon the completion of their studies.

To find out more, visit City of Bristol College for a Higher Education Clearing and Information Session on Friday 17 August at College Green Centre, 10am – 4pm or Tuesday 21 August at Ashley Down Centre, 5pm – 7pm. Alternatively, call Higher Education Clearing Hotline on 0117 312 5171.   

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