Thursday, 24 August 2017 14:50

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.

Published in A Levels

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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (18th August 2016) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College celebrated 100% pass rate in 21 subjects including English subjects, law, fine art, Spanish, history, geography, photography, film studies and economics.

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Yussef Soudan (aged 20), who achieved four As in maths, physics, chemistry and further maths.

“I was so shocked when I opened the envelope and saw that I had all As. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Windsor College, the teachers have been extremely supportive. The results mean that I can now go on to study theoretical physics at Edinburgh University.”

Sisters Yasmeen and Savannah Adisi-Musgrove (from Windsor) were also elated with their results. Having achieved A in sociology, B in geography and B in history, Yasmeen has secured her place at Birmingham University to study archaeology and anthropology. Meanwhile, Savannah is off to Loughborough University to study English after receiving an A in English literature, an A in English language and C in psychology.

Yasmeen said: “We are delighted with our results. It has been great to study at college together as we have been able to support and motivate each other. We are both very different, I’m more of an outdoors person and Savannah is more of a bookworm, but the freedom and opportunities we have had at college have suited us both. I’ve met so many different people at college and the lecturers have been amazing, it has been such a positive experience.”

Savannah added: “I’m really excited to be going on to university. We are going to different universities, but they aren’t far apart, so we’ll be able to visit each other all the time.”

Sadaf Khan (19, from Slough) was also celebrating achieving an A in chemistry, A in biology and B in English: “I am thrilled with my results, especially biology as that was my favourite subject. I’m now looking forward to studying optometry at City University in London.”

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of top universities, including Edinburgh, Reading, Bath and Brunel as well as exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.”

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. With outstanding A Level results for the past three years, the College has earned itself a reputation for excellence. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as ‘good’ with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including maths, media, psychology, politics, English literature, history, photography and all sciences. There are also combined pathways available, which allow students to combine an A Level with a vocational course such as a BTEC in engineering or science.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 01753 793000.

Published in A Levels

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