Success for Coleg y Cymoedd’s A-level learners
Coleg y Cymoedd is today (16th August) celebrating another year of strong A-level and vocational results which will see learners head across the country to study at some of the UK’s top universities.
The day’s outstanding achievements include three Caerphilly learners who have secured impressive results, enabling them to take their next steps towards their dream careers through achieving places at leading universities in their chosen fields.
Holly Taylor is celebrating success after achieving the results she needs to secure her place at Kings College London to study English, with AAB grades in English, history and drama.
However Holly, who also has a passion for art, has elected to remain at Coleg y Cymoedd for another year to study for an additional foundation diploma in art and design – something she has always wanted to study but was unable to do so during her A-levels. Hoping to secure a career in creative writing and acting, Holly is looking forward to adding to her skillset and studying another subject, before heading to her first-choice university.
Holly said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at college and am excited to have the opportunity to study art, which I loved at GCSE, but didn’t get the chance to do at A-level. This will give me the chance to do something I enjoy, while adding to my skills.
“I’m also hoping to volunteer and work part-time alongside my studies over the next year to broaden my life experience ahead of university. Being able to do a foundation degree and go to university is the perfect combination for me and I am very happy to have got the results to enable me to achieve this.”
Also championing Caerphilly is Lauren Malin, from Caerphilly, who is looking forward to kick-starting her dream career in geology. Hoping to work with oil companies to improve their sustainability, Lauren will be off to study Geology and Physical Geography at Birmingham University – one of the only universities to offer the combined course - thanks to BBB in geography history and English.
Lauren said: “I’m so happy to have got into my first choice university and I can’t wait to take the next steps to starting my dream career. I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in geology, preferably a job that allows me to travel and that is focused on sustainability. I’m particularly interested in working with oil companies to help them create more sustainable outlooks when it comes to oil excursion.
Thomas Wade, 21, from Blackwood, Caerphilly, achieved an A in maths, successfully gaining a place to study Maths at university of South Wales. Tom, who suffers from Asperger’s, has hopes to go into teaching after completing his degree in order to help other pupils with his condition to aspire to university.
Thomas said, “Getting my results today has been a huge achievement for me and a long journey to get here. My Asperger’s has made my path to achieving my maths A-level more difficult but I am so glad I challenged myself. Since going to college, my confidence has grown massively and the experience has really helped me.
“I have received invaluable support from my tutors and want to give the same back to others in my position, which is why I am interested in going into teaching. I have recently been working as a teaching assistant at my former school, Headlands school, which I really enjoyed. I also want to give someone else the chance to enjoy maths the way I do.
“For anyone else like me who isn’t sure if they can go to university, I would say give it a try. If it doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world, there are other options, but even if you don’t believe you can, you might just surprise yourself.”
Today’s also highlighted the rising stars for next year’s A-levels such as Thomas Tittman, 17, who achieved two As in AS biology and AS physics, as well as an A* in A-level maths, after completing a one-year fast-track degree in the subject.
Having achieved 5A*s and 6As at GCSE, including an A* in maths, Tom was given the opportunity to complete his maths A-level a year early – a challenge which he accepted without question. Tom is now on track to achieving his goal of going on to study maths at Oxbridge.
This year, Coleg y Cymoedd’s Sixth Form Centre, based at Nantgarw, achieved an overall 98 per cent pass rate, with 15 of the college’s 22 subject areas achieving a 100 per cent pass rate, including further maths, history, geography, law and english language and literature.
The number of learners achieving A*-C grades has also increased significantly, up 13% on last year, demonstrating the college’s commitment to continually improving the quality of the teaching and learning it provides.
In addition to A-level results, the college is also celebrating a year which has seen the best ever results for vocational learners, enabling them to progress to university level or the workplace.
Judith Evans, Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd, said: “Today’s results mark another year of exceptional academic achievements for both our A-level and vocational learners at Coleg y Cymoedd. These results are the much-deserved reward for the hard work and dedication learners have applied to their personal development, and are also testament to the high quality of teaching and pastoral support provided by our team.
“We are committed to providing the highest quality of education possible to the South Wales Valleys and today’s successes highlight the real value that Coleg y Cymoedd brings to the region.
“We are very proud of all of the learners receiving their results today and would like to congratulate each and every one of them. We wish them the very best for the future, whatever they decide to do, whether that is to head to university, an apprenticeship, further education or training, or taking their first steps on the career ladder.”