Students across Cumbria are celebrating after receiving their A-level exam results today (Thursday, August 18).
Barrow Sixth Form College – a partner of Choose Cumbria – is reporting their best-ever pass rate, with 99.1 per cent of students achieving a pass. Over 50 per cent of students achieved higher grades A*, A and B, with over 20 per cent gaining A* and A grades.
The college, which is rated as a top tier college for achievement at A-level by the Department for Education, merged with Furness College earlier this month and new Principal Andrew Wren said the results were extremely impressive.
He added: “The results reflect the high-quality learning environment and the hard work of students and staff.
“You can see that students really enjoy their time here and progress with the qualifications and skills to succeed in their chosen career path.”
Ulverston Victoria Sixth Form – also a partner of Choose Cumbria – is celebrating a 99 per cent pass rate.
Students in Cumbria now have the opportunity to go on to university, higher level vocational courses or the workplace after receiving their results.
Aspiring artist Poppy Cookson from Bootle, who studied at Barrow Sixth Form College, plans to study Fine Art at the University of Cumbria.
She said: “The equipment and studio spaces are great at the University of Cumbria, and the campus in Carlisle has everything I was looking for.”
Nieve Parkinson from Barrow (right), who also attends Barrow Sixth Form College, plans to study for more AS-levels at the college before going on to a higher apprenticeship.
She said: “I’m interested in HR so I’ve got a work experience placement at BAE Systems this summer to see if it’s the right career for me.
“I’m really happy with my results and I’m planning to do an extra year at Sixth Form to keep in the habit of studying before applying for my higher apprenticeship.”