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17 August 2012

A bumper year for Cardiff and Vale College A Level students

Cardiff and Vale College’s first year since the merger of Barry College and Coleg Glan Hafren last August has been a good one for A Level students, with 98% of full time learners qualifying with grades A*-E.

Nearly 60% of full time students passed their A Levels at grades A*-C, a figure broadly in line with previous years which have shown continuing improvement. Sixteen out of 23 A Level subjects achieved an impressing 100% pass rate.

Courses that showed a 100% pass rate for grades A*-E included the College’s languages courses such as French and Spanish. Physics, Biology, Maths, Further Maths and ICT also saw 100% pass rates at grades A*-E. English Language and Literature, Art, Drama and Law were among courses that saw 100% pass rates as well.

The College’s part time students performed strongly, which also reflects previous years’ improvement. Some 56% passed at grades A*-C, while the pass rate for grades A*-E was 92%, an 8% increase on last year.

In total, 96% of all students achieved grades of A*-E, while 57% had grades A*-C. Pass rates for AS Level students were higher than last year at 84% for grades A*-E with a slight increase for

full time students and a 6% increase for part time learners.

A Levels at Cardiff and Vale College are not just designed for Year 12 students. The College offers a range of options to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can gain qualifications.

It offers A Level Fast Track courses that allow mature students gain A Level qualifications that can be complemented with other courses. The College also has AS Levels that are the equivalent of half an A Level and A2 Levels that are effectively the second half of an A Level. An AS Level plus an A2 Level is equivalent to a full A Level.

CAVC Head of 6th Form (A Level, Welsh Baccalaureate and GCSE) Helen Wilkins said: “This has been an extremely successful and encouraging year for A Levels at Cardiff and Vale College. We have seen more students passing grade A*-E than last year on both full time and part time courses. The College aims to make sure the ability to study A Levels, especially at AS and A2, is as inclusive as possible so we encourage a variety of modes of study such as flexible part time courses and we encourage people of all ages to apply. We wish all of our students every success as they progress on to the worlds of work or Higher Education.”