Triston Macauley will be going to the University of West London to study Broadcast Journalism thanks to the Media Studies A Level he studied at CAVC

Celebrating A Level success at Cardiff and Vale College

15 August 2014

Celebrating A Level success at Cardiff and Vale College

It has been another year of A Level success at Cardiff and Vale College with 96% of students gaining qualifications.

Many are progressing on to university and higher level learning. The 96% success for students gaining A*-E grades also includes figures for students taking the Welsh Baccalaureate as an additional subject and not an add-on to their A Levels.

The College has also seen fantastic 100% pass rates in French, Spanish, Further Mathematics, English Language and Literature, Art & Design, History and Government & Politics. Modern language courses at AS Level also saw 100% pass rates.

One student who is aiming high after celebrating As in A2 Level Physics and Chemistry is 20-year-old Seongju Lee from Cardiff. These latest results takes Seongju’s A Level tally up to four and he is looking to an Aerospace course at Imperial College, London.

Originally from Korea, Seongju came to CAVC aged 16 to do his GCSEs and, despite speaking English as a second language, has not looked back. Last year he achieved A in AS Chemistry, A in Physics A2 and A* in Maths A2.

Another CAVC student who is off to London is Triston Macauley. Nine-teen-year-old Triston is a school partnership student, student Media Studies at CAVC while taking the rest of his A Levels at Whitchurch High School. His C grade in Media Studies means he will be going to the University of West London to study Broadcast Journalism.

“I’m ecstatic, I’m very excited,” Triston said. “I cannot describe it – it’s just one of those feel good moments! Once I’ve done my degree I want to get into journalism. Either sport or music – the glamorous areas!”

Rhiannon Sharples achieved Cs in Government & Politics, English Language and Sociology.  Rhiannon, 19 and from Cardiff, left high school early with no GCSEs. She was really disappointed because she thought that it would stop her from coming to college but then she was told about CAVC’s programme of resits designed for people who had not done as well in their GCSEs as they would have liked.

“I was glad to get the chance to do this. I left school early with no GCSEs,” Rhiannon explained. “I was really disappointed, thinking I couldn’t get into college and then someone at Cardiff and Vale College told me: ‘Yes you can!’

“I’m really pleased with my results – I thought I was going to do terribly but it’s better than I expected. I’m now looking for an apprenticeship; I had an interview yesterday so hopefully I’ll be doing that.”

 Lorik Bothwell, 18 and from Dinas Powys, achieved As in AS Level Maths, Physics and German. As in AS Maths, Physics and German. He wants to finish his A Levels on then go on to study Physics, either in Durham, Bristol or a London university.

“I’m happy – I wasn’t sure about the German but I’m glad,” Lorik said. “I’ll be coming back to College to do my A2s and I want to study Physics at University, either at Durham or Bristol on maybe in London. I really enjoy College – I’ve had a really good time.”

As a mature student in his 20s, Andrew Gwynne had his reservations about returning to full time education, but now wants to apply to Cambridge University. Today he celebrated achieving As is AS History, Government & Politics and English Literature, including a 100% score in one of his politics exams.

“I’m very surprised as I was not quite sure that I was going to do well in politics but I ended up getting 100% in one of the politics exams. I feel really good, I’m pretty happy,” Andrew said. “I’ve just come back from a Summer School at Cambridge so I’m hoping to apply to Cambridge in October.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at College. As a mature student of 21 I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to come back to education but I am really glad that I came back.”

Another school partnership student, Jennifer Marks achieved As in A2 Maths and Chemistry, while taking Music and Whitchurch High School. Previously home educated, College was a new experience for Jennifer.

“I’m very happy with my results,” the 17-year-old from Barry said. “I was not entirely sure what to expect because it’s been a lot of hard work. I want to go into music – I’m already teaching the piano. College has been a valuable experience and I have enjoyed it thoroughly, meeting lots of different people.”

Isabelle Burman, 17 and from Cardiff, achieved A in AS Level English Literature and B in AS Level English Language.

“It’s incredible – absolutely wonderful to get these really high results!” Isabelle said. “I was so nervous beforehand and now I’m really pleased. I’m hoping to continue in education but go into a different path towards the theatre. Then I would like to go to drama school. College has been absolutely wonderful; everyone has been so welcoming and treated us responsibly. It’s absolutely lovely to be here.”

CAVC Deputy Principal for Curriculum Kay Martin said: “We are delighted to once again see excellent pass rates and it is fantastic news that our focus on challenging and supporting AS and A Level learners to gain the highest grades possible is paying off. The progression rates to university and higher level learning are really pleasing and there are some fantastic individual stories of learners going to top universities and starting their training for the careers of their dreams.”