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15 August 2013

A Level pass rates increase again for CAVC with more A* grades than ever before

A Level pass rates have once again increased at Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC), with more A Level learners gaining A* grades.

95% of full-time learners studying A Levels at the College have succeeded in gaining their qualifications with many now progressing on to university and higher level learning. There has also been an increase in the amount of full-time A Level learners gaining A* grades. This increase in those gaining the top A* grade at CAVC is higher than the national average seen in schools and colleges across the UK.

The College has seen a fantastic 100% pass rate at A*-C grades in a many subjects, including core subjects of English, Mathematics and Information and Communication.

One learner aiming high is Cameron Patterson, 18, from Barry. Cameron gained an A in Maths, A in Physics and a C in Business. Rather than progress on to university this year, Cameron has set his sights for the top and plans to come back to College to study Chemistry in September with the goal of going to Cambridge University next year to study Natural Sciences.

“My results were beyond my expectations and the past year at CAVC has been amazing,” Cameron said. “I really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere here and the tutors treat me with so such more respect than I have experienced in my education before. The students are really friendly too. I have decided to stay on at College and gain Chemistry A Level, so I can apply for Cambridge. I really want to get into a career in astrophysics or material sciences and think this will be the best platform for me to do that.”

Other CAVC students are progressing on to university. Ellie Taylor, 18 and from Cardiff, will start a Journalism course at Leeds University in September after she gained Cs in IT, English Language and Photography.

“This is a really good College – I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get somewhere and improve,” she said. “The tutors are all helpful and not pushy.”

“I’ve got an A in English Language, a B in English Literature and C in Politics,” 19-year-old Connol Derbyshire from Cardiff said. “I’m a little but disappointed but I’m very pleased that I’ve got into Cardiff University to study English Literature in September. I much prefer Cardiff and Vale College to other places where I have studied – the tutors are helpful and friendly and I would definitely recommend it.”

Omoefo Eguavoen, 25, from Cardiff gained a B in Biology and a B in Chemistry and is now off to university to study.

“I am very pleased,” he said. “The grades were what I expected as the exams are pretty hard. I’ve got a place in Portsmouth University but would like to try for Kings College as I would like to be based in London. After university I would like to specialise in cardiology or neurology. The College was really fun, the teachers were fantastic, it was great.”

Seongju Lee, 19 and from Cardiff, achieved A in AS Chemistry, A in Physics A2 and A* in Maths A2.  He plans to stay on at CAVC and gain an A2 is Chemistry and then study one of the College’s Business courses.

“I want to study in finance, maybe accountancy,” Seongju said. “My time in College has been great – the tutors are all really good. They’ve really helped me and the other students are all very friendly.”

Sophie Greene, 20 and from Pontprennau, wants a career in the media, particularly in advertising. Sophie gained a B in Film Studies, a B in Media Studies and passed her Welsh Baccalaureate.

“My grades are actually better than I expected,” Sophie said. “I’m coming back to College to finish my AS Levels then I want to go to university to study Media. I’ve loved my time at College – it’s been brilliant. Everyone is so lovely here.”

Hannah Foster is 18 and from Llanrumney. She got a C in Media Studies, a C in IT and passed her Welsh Bacc. Like her friend Sophie, Hannah also wants to progress to university to study for a media-related degree.

“I’m really happy – I thought I’d done terribly but this is a surprise,” Hannah said. “I’ve got a job at the moment but I’d like to save up and then go to university to study a Media course. I’ve loved College, especially meeting my College buddy Sophie. You’ve got to work hard but you do get help which makes it a whole lot easier. I loved my tutors.”

The College also has a large contingent of part-time learners studying A Levels. This includes many adults who are studying during evenings and fitting learning around work, family and other commitments, often to make a career change. The pass rate for these learners, who are juggling challenging A Level learning alongside other commitments, is also pleasing with 91% passing their course.

Sam Falloon, 44, Caerphilly gained an A* in Biology, which she completed as an evening class and is now heading to university to study for the career of her dreams, having gained a place at Cardiff University to study Midwifery.

“This one A Level has guaranteed my place. For the last nine years, I have always wanted to do midwifery,” Sam explained. “I didn’t think it was possible for someone my age to make this change. I have been coming to the College one evening every week for the past 3 years, alongside other commitments and it has been really busy, but worth it. The lecturers were all really good and all were really helpful.”

CAVC Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: “We are delighted to once again see this increase in pass rates and it is fantastic news that our focus on challenging and supporting AS and A Level learners to gain the highest grades possible is paying off, with the increase in the top A* grades. The progression rates to university and higher level learning are really pleasing and there are some fantastic individual stories of learners going to top universities and starting their training for the careers of their dreams.”