Top marks for GCSEs

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There were tears of joy and plenty of cheers from students at Langley College and Windsor College, part of East Berkshire College, on Thursday (24th August 2017) as they celebrated excellent GCSE results.

Many of the students receiving results had been studying GCSEs in English and maths as a part-time course while working, looking after their children or studying a vocational course at the College. In fact, over 475 students achieved grade A*-C in GCSE maths and/or English, with many more improving their results by one, two or even three grades.

As well as English and maths, the College also offers GCSEs in science and languages. Language students at the Windsor College had particular cause for celebration. In fact, on the part-time Spanish GCSE course 100% of students achieved A*-D grades, with five out of seven students obtaining A*-B. In addition, 100% of students achieved A*-A in GCSE Polish.

A delighted Michelle Hegarty was one of the students at Langley College to achieve an A* in GCSE English, after originally getting a D in the subject at school. She explains: “When I saw I had got an A*, I had to get my teacher to check it as I was so surprised and overwhelmed. I want to work in childcare, so it was really important for my career that I passed. I’m on the borderline for dyslexia, so English was always my worst subject. I’m so happy with my result.”

Farida Majumder (from Iver) was also celebrating with a B in English and a C in maths. She decide to return to education after many years and study part-time at Langley College, while looking after her three children. She said: “I felt very emotional opening my results. Sadly my dad passed away the day before my maths exam and I nearly didn’t go, but my husband encouraged me. My teachers at college were amazing, they made studying very enjoyable and I never missed a single lesson. These results have given me the confidence to continue my education now.”

Dominic Bennett (17, from Windsor), who has been studying a carpentry course at Langley College alongside retaking his GCSE English, was elated at achieving a grade B: “I’m really happy to have passed. I found studying at college much more enjoyable than school. The teachers are always available to help you and there is a great atmosphere here.”
New mum Charity Chimpanda was also delighted with her grades, achieving grade C in both English and maths. Having juggled studying with looking after two children over the last year, she said: “I came back to college to take my GCSEs, so I can become a nurse. My results mean I can now go on to university to study adult nursing. It has been an amazing year.”

Atiqa Naeem was another outstanding student, who achieved an A* in maths and English at Langley College. She explains: “I was not expecting an A*. It has been a while since I have been in full-time education and I really enjoyed the classroom experience after all these years. It made me feel young again. It was good academically because now I am able to help my children in their studies and I have got a place studying the AAT Level 2 course at the College in September.”

East Berkshire College offers a wide variety of part-time and full-time courses ranging from introductory right through to degree level. Subjects include everything from IT and accounting to interior design and teacher training. Combining inspirational teaching and excellent support services with a vibrant atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities, the College is committed to helping every student fulfil their potential.

For further details on over 800 courses at East Berkshire College, please click here or call 01753 793000. For more details on GCSE courses, click here.

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