Cardiff and Vale College’s record of A Level success continues

13 August 2015

Cardiff and Vale College’s record of A Level success continues

Cardiff and Vale College is celebrating its A Level success today [Thursday 13th August] after maintaining its strong track record in the number of students gaining their qualifications.

The number of full-time learners achieving A*-E grades has increased by 2% overall with a number of subjects now recording a 100% pass rate, including Government and Politics, Media, Film Studies, Photography, English Language and Literature, Chemistry and Law.

Deputy Principal for Curriculum at Cardiff and Vale College, Kay Martin, commented on this year’s results;

“We are delighted to witness so many of our students succeeding and achieving the grades that will enable them to progress into further learning or straight into their chosen career.”

Kay Martin continues:

“The demand for full-time learners is at an all-time high with more people than ever before applying to study at CAVC; that is testament to the history of continued success that our students are creating. A focus for CAVC is on progression – the real outcomes for our learners – and it’s particularly pleasing to see that last year 78% progressed straight into university or employment within just three months of completing their qualification.”

Significantly, over 750 of the College’s learners progressed straight into university last year, and in a landmark year which has seen the opening of its brand new £45m City Centre Campus, it’s set to see a repeat of that success.

18 year-old Joseph McFarlane is one of Cardiff and Vale College’s stand out students of this year, and just one that will now be making his way to university.

He previously lived in Uganda where he studied for and gained A Levels in Physics, Economics, Business and Biology achieving an A*, two A’s and a B respectively. He’s added an A* in Mathematics and an A in AS Further Mathematics after studying at CAVC and is now set to go to university in Bristol.

“I’m just so thrilled. It’s been quite painful studying but it’s been more than worth it. I’d like to become a Civil Engineer and would eventually like to go back to Uganda to work on projects over there. I can’t wait to get started!”

23 year-old Anusha Manjunath is a real inspiration. After initially studying for her A Levels in Biology, History and English Literature at Howells School she went on to get a degree in History. She chose to return to her studies after deciding to pursue a career in medicine and after getting a B in Chemistry will now be heading to university in Birmingham.

“I always considered going into medicine when I was at school but knew it would be a big commitment and I wanted to get a bit of life experience first. I’d always enjoyed history so chose to study towards my first degree in that subject.”

“I’ve been studying for my Chemistry A Level at CAVC in the evenings and have tried to do as much voluntary work as possible to boost my CV and get valuable experience. I’ve been working with the Stroke Association, a hospice and a children’s charity and it’s really paid off. I know it’s going to be hard work but I can’t wait to start.”

After achieving a grade B in Biology and an A in English Literature, Nicola Williams has also secured her place at university and will be staying in Wales to study Midwifery at USW.

“It’s just amazing. Biology was a bit stressful, especially as I’d not done it for seven years but I’m so pleased I’ve done it and that it’s over. I’m really looking forward to going to USW.”

Another student heading off to USW in September is 18 year-old Ryan Brant. Ryan got the three A Levels he required in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to study Forensic Science. He said;

“I’m really pleased. It’s been a hard couple of years but I’m really glad it’s all paid off. I want to pursue a career in Forensic Science; it would be great to eventually move to the States and work in the field over there.”

19 year-old Sophie Fitzgerald achieved an A in the Welsh Baccalaureate alongside two B’s in English Literature and Biology and a C in Chemistry and will now start a degree in BSc Chemistry in September;

“Studying for my A Levels has been a really good experience. It’s been different to school; college gives you the chance to be an individual and I’m really looking forward to starting university now. I’m thinking about a career in either pharmaceuticals or biochemistry but keeping an open mind for now.”

CAVC students have also been collecting their AS Level results and Gareth Richards has set himself up well for his second year of study.

“I’ve got two A’s in Sociology and Government & Politics and a C in English Language and I’m really pleased. Overall I’ve really enjoyed my first year at college and I’m so excited to be moving into the brand new campus in September.”

“I’ve had so much support from the staff at CAVC, it’s been invaluable and I’m looking forward to coming back in September.”