Uxbridge College students are celebrating strong results in 2021 in spite of the challenges caused by the pandemic over the last 18 months.
A massive effort by students and staff, despite the many ongoing changes and uncertainties surrounding learning and assessment, has seen an impressive number achieving coveted quadruple and triple A* and A grades at A Level.
Robust teacher-assessed grades practices have produced a solid set of grades reflecting the consistent hard work of students, many of whom have produced excellent grades as well as showing tremendous personal improvements.
Achievers this year included:
* Rebecca Sheridan (pictured right) achieved A* grades in English Literature, Politics and Sociology, and will be studying English Literature at Durham University. She said: “It’s been amazing studying at Uxbridge College - I’ve really loved it.”
* Mustafa Rizvi (left) got A* grades in Business Studies and Maths and a B in Physics - he will be studying Accountancy & Finance at degree level.
* Katy Hulatt achieved A* grades in English Literature, Law and Psychology and is going to study Law and Criminology at Lancaster Uni.
* Derreisha McMillan’s results were A* in English Language, Media Studies, and Sociology - she is going to Leeds to study Film and English.
* Naomi Cruz who will be going to university abroad, achieved an A* in Maths, and As in Chemistry and Physics.
* Sohrab Ansari is on his way to Bristol University to study Dentistry after achieving an A and 2 Bs, having progressed from taking GCSEs at college. He said: “I am really grateful to my teachers and to student support for all the advice I had. I have learned many life lessons as well as achieving my goals.”
* Rukhsar Ahmad is going on to study Medicine after five years of study at Uxbridge College, beginning with an ESOL course. She achieved A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
A total of 98% A Level students achieved A*-E grades, with 77% at high grades A*C. A total of 95 students sat A Levels.
Dr Darrell DeSouza, CEO of the merged college group HCUC, said: “I’d like to offer huge congratulations to all our students for how well they’ve done in what have been incredibly challenging times, as well as to our staff in teaching and supporting them.
“Our students have impressed with a resilience that is now realised in their strong results. I have no doubt that the results will be valued by universities and employers, which is borne out by the number of students going to their first choice of university. The same also applies to our Level 3 vocational results such as our BTECs and UAL qualifications, which are also seeing large numbers of students progressing to Higher Education. Our strength in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects continues, which is a further boost for the College’s developing West London Institute of Technology, which provides tremendous opportunities for students interested in progressing to employer linked, Higher Technical Qualifications, as an alternative to a degree.”
Dylan McTaggart, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: “As incoming Principal of Uxbridge College this year, I am incredibly proud to see how well our students have done at A Level despite the many challenges of the pandemic. Our past successes have given us the strong foundations to thrive even through such difficult times, including opening a brand new Creative Arts building, and hosting the West London Institute of Technology building on site.”
Students can take confidence in the validity of their results as the college has applied the range of quality assurance approaches, including the use of exam board materials for key assessments, taken under exam conditions and a rigorous standardisation against awarding body mark schemes.
GCSE and Level 2 Vocational Results are Now In!
Massive congratulations to our GCSE and other Level 2 achievers in BTECs, C&G and NCFE/CACHE. In total, 82% of GCSE students received higher grades 9-4 (equivalent to A*-C under the old system) - amazing! This is despite another incredibly challenging year under pandemic restrictions and uncertainties.
Many of these students will be progressing with us at college, either to A Level or other full-time vocational areas, or perhaps considering an Apprenticeship.
GCSE successes may come in the shape of the 5-subject package - either as re-sits, or taken for the first time, over a year. Alternatively students may have taken maths and English alongside Level 3 qualifications and been able to fulfil the requirements for university entry.