99% pass rate at A Level - Queen Mary’s College Has Done It Again!
Thursday 17th August saw Queen Mary’s College students finally getting to open their A Level Results. Nerves and anxiety were soon replaced with smiles and tears of joy as many students realised that they had achieved the grades they had been hoping for, and in many cases had surpassed them.
As a result of the hard work that students have put into their studies, QMC students have once again gained excellent results with nearly 2,000 entries at A Level the overall pass rate was 99%. The College has a well-deserved reputation for excellent results and this year is no exception with 76% of all grades awarded being grades A* - C. Many students supplemented their A level programme with an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), designed to develop many of the skills required for higher education or employment. Over 65% of all students taking this qualification gained either an A*, A or B grades. In total, 29 curriculum areas achieved 100% pass rate.
The AS Level exam results were also published today, showing that 60% of all AS Levels sat were graded A – C. The results for BTEC Level 3 courses also achieved very strong grades with 6 of the 8 areas achieving 100%.
Once again, QMC has particularly excelled in the STEM subjects of maths and science, and as a result many talented students will be able to pursue dreams of prestigious careers in areas such as medicine, veterinary science and Engineering. An example of student success in this area is Megan D’Souza (Bishop Challoner School) who took A Levels in Fine Art, Maths and Physics and is celebrating A*A*A grades. Megan is going on to study Engineering at Warwick University. Yimin Zong (Testbourne School) achieved top A* grades in Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Extended Project Qualification and is delighted to be taking up his well- deserved place to study Physics at Oxford University.
Particular support is provided for students applying for top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge and those wanting to study medicine and dentistry. Nathan Piper, who came to QMC from Aldworth School achieved A* A* A* in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and has secured a place to study Medicine at Southampton University. Nathan commented “The support and teaching was excellent; I received so much advice about applying to study medicine and I couldn’t have been better prepared for my exams.” Saul Irwin, who was home educated before studying History, Maths and Politics at QMC, is Oxford bound and will be studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics after securing A* AA. Leah Thomas (The Vyne Community School) achieved A* A* AA and is excited to accept her offer to study Anglo Saxon and Celtic Studies at University of Cambridge. During her time at QMC Leah studied English Literature, French, History and Philosophy.
The College’s excellent exam results once again demonstrates why Queen Mary’s College has such a strong reputation for providing education and support for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, with many students gaining better AS and A Level grades than predicted, based on their GCSE results.
Bethany Harkess from Brighton Hill Community started QMC on a Level 2 Media course alongside a Maths GCSE re-take and has really fulfilled her potential throughout her time at College. The talented special effects/make-up artist has achieved a Triple Distinction* for her Level 3 BTEC Media course and A* for Graphics A Level and will now take up her place at the Arts University of Bournemouth to progress her career.
Students go on to many different universities each year, to study a wide range of courses. Two students heading for Birmingham University are Harry Hall (The Costello School) and Kirsty Brown (Robert May’s School). Harry studied Maths, History and Politics and is “Over the moon” with A*A*A grades. He now looks forward to studying Politics and International Relations at university. Kirsty studied Biology, Geography, Sport and PE and an Extended Project Qualification and has achieved fantastic AAA*A* grades. On opening her envelope Kirsty said “It feels amazing and I am so grateful for the support I’ve received to help me achieve brilliant results. I’m now going to study Liberal Arts and Natural Science.” Director of Student Support Beth Linklater said “Kirsty is a real example of hard work really does pay off. She used every spare moment revising in the Library and making sure that each piece of work was as good as it possibly could be.” Proud Mum Jill added “QMC has been a great experience for Kirsty and definitely the right choice! The teachers are fantastic, she has made lots of new friends and the support has been endless.”
Principal Ali Foss commented “These are a set of exceptional results. We are pleased to be celebrating fantastic university places gained by students and also the achievements of those who have chosen alternative career routes including apprenticeships, employment and sponsored degree programmes. I am proud of all of the students and of the staff that have helped them to secure a bright future.”
Pictured (left - right) Nathan Piper, Megan D'Souza, Leah Thomas, Saul Irwin, Bethany Harkess, Ali Foss, Yimin Zong, Harry Hall and Kirsty Brown.