Increase in GCSE pass rates and proportion of high grades

students on GCSE results day

Bradford College is celebrating an increase in overall GCSE pass rates and a rise in the proportion of high grades.

The pass rate for students aged 16-18yrs was 94% while for the 19yrs plus group the pass rate was 97%.

The overall pass rate for maths and English was up by 2% on last year while the rise in the proportion of high grades was particularly sharp in science, which shot up by almost 7% on last year. For additional science, the improvement on high pass rates was up more than 26%.

The impressive figures for science come just a month after the college was awarded STEM Assured status in recognition of how well it delivers education in science, technology, engineering and maths.

The pass rate was perfect 100% in five subject areas - additional science; citizenship; human health and physiology; physics and English under the old specification.

Bradford College Principal David Harwood said: “Our students have just completed the first exams of the new GCSE grading structure and have achieved some great results. 

“I am proud to say that this is testament to the hard work of both students and staff and highlights their commitment to studying.

“This is a great set of achievements at a foundation stage which will enable our students to progress to higher qualifications and employment." 

Anita Lall, Assistant Principal, added: “I am delighted at this year’s GCSE results and want to congratulate the students on their achievements.

“Many of them will be progressing onto other courses or apprenticeships within College and I wish them every success for their future.

“I know the GCSE tutors are also extremely proud and have enjoyed celebrating the results with their students today.”

More than 2,000 students sat GCSE exams with Bradford College this year in 25 different subject areas.

Students descended on the college on Thursday morning to collect their results from the

£50m David Hockney Building.

Many of the students are set to stay on at the college to study further courses including A-Levels, NVQs, diplomas, BTECs and Apprenticeships as well as HNCs, HNDs, degrees and postgraduate courses including PGCEs.

Places are still available on a number of courses starting this September. Anyone interested should call 01274 433 333 or visit the college website.