Although Covid-19 disrupted the usual style of learning for our students, many are now celebrating the plans that their results have now secured, having been accepted into college, university and on apprenticeships across the country.
Principal CEO Virginia Barrett was delighted with the students’ efforts, commenting:
“In spite of the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, students have worked incredibly hard to improve their grades and achieve well-deserved results. Students remained engaged and dedicated to their studies, which they continued successfully while effectively adapting to the new styles of learning. We are confident that these results will help them to excel in their next steps and wish them the best of luck with their future plans.”
Students re-taking GCSE Maths achieved an 87% pass rate for the higher tier, and a 95% pass rate for the foundation tier. In GCSE English, students achieved a pass rate of 97%. The pass rate for GCSE Biology was 90%.
Amongst those celebrating was student Sharon, who studied GCSE Maths while training towards a Level 4 qualification in Counselling: “I feel relieved and happy that all the hard work has paid off. This was a personal goal for me as I didn’t achieve my maths in school. I think it’s wonderful that mature students can redo their GCSEs here and it gives you so much confidence to have achieved it. When you have a good teacher who you can relate to it’s very inspiring.”
Steph completed GCSE Maths alongside an Access to Higher Education qualification, and with her new qualifications is now going on to study a degree in Midwifery: “I am speechless! Maths has never been my strong point so to have achieved the highest grade I could feels amazing. I can go to university now that I have my maths GCSE.”
Alister studied A Level maths, English and economics and was thrilled to hear he’s gained A* A* A*. Alistar said he’s applied to Manchester university to study economics and finance but may look for other courses as he’s done better than he thought. Once he’s finished university, Alister would like to go into banking.
Marcus studied a BTEC in Applied Science and achieved D* D* D*. He said “I’m going to do an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering next year, and without these teachers I wouldn’t have got these grades.”
Business, maths and physics student Kristian gained B B C, saying: “My biggest take away from the course is that I’ve managed to do something new; it was my first-time doing business and I was surprised to discover how much I like it and how well I did in my results.”
Amy studied psychology, sociology and criminology and is celebrating her great results of ‘A* A* A. Amy gave a big thank you to all of her teachers, and told us: “I’m now going on to study Sociology and Criminology at University Centre Farnborough”.
Health and social care student Maddie achieved a D* D D. She said “The teachers were lovely, just loveliest people ever. They were so supportive and gave such a holistic approach to the support they offered, from issues at home, college or course work. There was never a time I didn’t feel like I could go to anyone.”
This year we also saw Luke, a former engineering student, study an intense maths A Level course to improve his prospects. He added a B grade to his portfolio of qualifications meaning he can progress to his university of choice.
Following the results season, the College has also been supporting GCSE students from local schools. School Leavers Advice Sessions are being held at the College to help students find the right course for their grades, whether they are better than expected or come with a few surprises. Anyone interested in finding out more about their options with Farnborough College of Technology should visit their website for more information at www.farn-ct.ac.uk.
School Leavers are reminded that there is still time to apply to study at Farnborough College of Technology this September. More information can be found at www.farn-ct.ac.uk.
For students at Farnborough and beyond receiving their results, degree places are still available at University Centre Farnborough via Clearing or online. Visit www.farnboroughdegrees.com for more information.