Telford College is celebrating another strong set of results for its A level, technical and vocational courses.

The college saw 100% pass rates in several subject areas including media studies and religious studies, and increased high grades on last year in areas such as physics, history, chemistry and business.

Pass rates were also up on last year in subject areas such as biology, English language, English literature and history, while pass rates among the college’s adult A level students outperformed the national average.

The gap in high grade achievement and pass rates between Telford College students living in deprived and non-deprived areas also significantly narrowed – bucking the national trend.

The college also recorded a rise in distinction grades for many of its BTEC vocational courses, including business, engineering, and music.

“Despite a national drive to push grades back down to pre-Covid levels, our students have once again showcased their dedication, hard work, and the benefits of our unique approach to education,” said Holly Davies, head of academic studies.

“We are immensely proud of each and every one of them. Their achievements are a testament to their resilience, dedication, and the supportive environment we’ve cultivated here on campus.”

Among the students receiving their results today was Zak Wardroper, from St Georges, who got the grades he needed from his chemistry, psychology and biology studies to get into his first choice course at Aberystwyth University – the next step towards his aspirational career in cancer research.

He said: “I feel so good. Opening that email with the results on was nerve-wracking. But seeing the results, and the news that I got a place made me so happy. The college experience is so friendly. I loved it here. And all of the lecturers are just committed to helping you grow as a person, intellectually and emotionally. They are just so welcoming.”

Jess Howard, from Newport, was also delighted to discover that her results had secured her first choice place at the University of Chester on a primary education degree. She studied law, English language and sociology, and wants to be a primary school teacher.

She said: “I’m really really excited. This has been my dream, and thanks to these results I get to pursue it, which is incredible. Telford College has really helped me. I was very shy before I came here, but have been able to practice my social skills – now I’m quite a chatty person!”

Ellie Campbell, one of the student recruitment and access officers at Keele University, was also on site giving on-the-spot offers to students, and offering help and support.

She said: “It’s been fantastic. Applications have been processed and the admissions teams will be calling them back. The students I’ve spoken to are really happy.”