North Hertfordshire College: Delighted students

STUDENTS at North Hertfordshire College were overjoyed with their A-level and Diploma results.

Out of 350 UCAS applications, over 85 per cent of places have been confirmed so far.

Pass rates for eight subjects were at 100 per cent and six students obtained new A* grades. A-level students achieved 100 per cent pass rate and 64 per cent high grades in their Extended Project Qualifications.

Advanced Diploma students received their results for the first time, combining academic, vocational and project work into one qualification equivalent to 3.5 A-levels. The pass rate was 72 per cent for the main programme, with the project at 79 per cent. Advanced Diploma Business Administration and Finance students took four external examinations and passed at 83 per cent.

With university places being very restricted this year, NHC provided assistance by offering alternatives such as flexible degrees and apprenticeships.

“Our new part-time university places are a real alternative for students who are wishing to continue with their studies and offer the opportunity to earn a salary as well,” said college deputy principal Signe Sutherland.

Students who are celebrating success and looking forward to their next career step at university include Katie Dowden who won a place at York to study medicine, Lauren Jackson who will now study psychology at Plymouth and Nicola Chapman who was successful in obtaining a place at Southampton to study economics and actuarial science.

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Katie said she was “really pleased with my results”, adding: “The best thing about college for me is that everyone is so friendly.”

Bethan Mason, who chose an alternative route to higher education, was delighted to have won an apprenticeship with international missile company MBDA which leads to a business degree.

She took A-levels in French, psychology and politics and said she “had done better than expected”, and wass “really excited about starting my apprenticeship”.

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