Celebrations after rise in A Level pass rate and high grades

Bradford College A Level results 2018 - student Hannah Ali

Bradford College is celebrating a rise in A Level pass rates and an increase in the number of students achieving top grades.

The College increased its overall pass rate by 7% on last year, with almost half of those students achieving the most sought-after A* to C grades.

Among the students celebrating was Ghulam Murtaza Butt who, five years after moving to the UK from Pakistan achieved an A in Maths, A in Chemistry and B in Physics and is planning on taking a gap year before heading to university to study Aeronautical Engineering at university 

He said: "Bradford College has been great for me. It has been like home and I am pleased to have achieved the grades I did."

Ghulam Butt shows off his impressive A Level results

Aidan Johnson secured his place on the Astrophysics degree at Edinburgh University with an A in Maths and Bs in Chemistry and Physics. 

Aidan said: “I feel really happy to have got into my first choice university and my dream course. I have always been interested in space and loved sci-fi as a kid and have grown up loving Brian Cox documentaries.  

“I have really enjoyed being at Bradford College. The teachers were really good.”

Aidan Johnson is off to Edinburgh University to study Astrophysics

A dream career in national security is a step closer for Paige Colton after she secured one B and two Cs, in English Literature, Psychology and History respectively. She is now heading to Manchester Metropolitan University to read Ethics, Religion and Philosophy.

She said: “I like helping people and decided that working in national security is a great chance to help people on a mass scale.

“I am really looking forward to going to university but am sad to leave Bradford College as I did my GCSEs here too so have been four years altogether. I have had a great time.”

Paige Colton has secured a place at Manchester Metropolitan University 

Also celebrating was budding politician Jakub Pelka who has landed a place at Goldsmiths, University of London, to read International Relations with Chinese after achieving a B in Sociology, C in History and C in Psychology.

Jakub, who moved to the UK from Poland when he was 15 and studied GCSEs at Bradford College before progressing to A Levels, said: “I want to be a politician so I thought international relations would be a good subject to study with that in mind. Studying Chinese as well means I will get to spend a year in China and learn another language which I am very excited about.

“I am proud of myself for getting these results and thankful to Bradford College for helping me. It is a great college and I would recommend it to anyone.”

Jakub Pelka has landed a place at Goldsmiths, University of London

Lincoln University is the destination for Leone Farrell. 

The 18-year-old achieved a B in Media, a B in Sociology and a C in Psychology and is now set to start a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Lincoln University.

She said: “I have always been fascinated by the psychology of criminals and hopefully want to end up working in criminal behaviour analysis.

“I have had a great time at college. I have found the staff really helpful and supportive and the resources are excellent compared to school sixth forms.” 

Leone Farrell will study Criminology and Criminal Justice at Lincoln University

Friends Megan Nuttall, Emily De Vogele and Samah Kousar celebrated together after they achieved a B and two Cs and secured their places at university.

Music buff Megan is set to study Music Journalism at the University of Huddersfield while Emily is due to begin an English Language BA at Leeds Trinity University and Samah is off to Leeds Beckett University to read Social Care, Justice and Recovery. 

Megan Nuttall, Emily De Vogele and Samah Kousar celebrated together

Jenny Dorree, Curriculum Area Manager for Sixth Form, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the grades our students are coming out with.

“We have had a number of students accept their offers at Russell Group universities including the University of Edinburgh and Goldsmiths in London.”

Jason Beaumont, course leader for Media A Level and Film A Level, was thrilled to discover all his students had passed and that every one of his students who sat the Film Studies exam achieved an A* to C.

Anita Lall, Assistant Principal, said: “I am pleased with the improvement in our results. Students and staff have worked very hard and deserve all the success that they have achieved and I wish them well in their future endeavours.”

Pass rates in science A Levels improved significantly with a 14% increase in the proportion of students securing an A* to C grade.

Cath Orange, Chair of Governors, said that she was delighted for each and every student success and highly encouraged by the progress made by the College. 

Students collected their results from the College’s £50m The David Hockney Building on Thursday.

Numerous students are set to stay on at the College to study a degree-level course at the college’s University Centre. 

Places are still available on a number of courses at the University Centre starting this September. For more details call 01274 433 333 or for applicants in Clearing, call the Clearing hotline on 01274 433 444. Alternatively, visit the college website or attend the college’s next open day on August 23 between 11am and 2pm.