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BMet celebrates A Level achievements

Birmingham Metropolitan College students have again excelled in their A Level studies, with 3,700 results received this morning for students across the region.

The overall pass rate of 95% shows a consistent picture with last year’s results.

The College is proud of the many outstanding individual success stories.

BMet provides A Levels in Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and Stourbridge and, with 37 subjects available, offers the widest choice of A Levels in the area. 15 out of 37 subjects studied this year received a pass rate of 100%, with some of the highest performing subjects being Computing, English Language and Literature, Health and Social Care and Art and Design.

Andrew Cleaves, Principal and Chief Executive at the College, said: “We are delighted that our students have achieved success across a range of A Level subjects. This means many of them will gain places at University, go into employment or continue their studies at BMet through a higher education course or Apprenticeship.

“BMet’s A Level programme includes excellent learner support with English, maths and IT, and a Personal Tutor for advice and guidance, all of which have helped students achieve their best performance.”

Students at Stourbridge College relieved the wait for their results was over included Laura Nicholson aged 18 who gained English Literature A*, Drama and Theatre Studies A, Media Studies B and Dance B and Alexandra Youster aged 18 who celebrated securing top grades in Law A*, Sociology A and Geography B.

“It feels great to finally know my results,” said Laura, who is planning on taking a year out before applying to RADA to continue her passion to study Theatre Arts.

“I had some excellent individual teachers who really stretched me to do well; helping me develop my analytical ability as well as building my performance skills. I really feel Stourbridge College has set me on a pathway to realise my dreams and who knows, one day I might even win an Oscar!”

Alexandra Youster is now planning on taking up a place at Nottingham Law School to study for a four- year Law degree. Commenting on her results she said:

“I’m glad all the preparation paid off. My tutors really worked hard on getting me ready for the exams. I particularly enjoyed the mock trials we did and the way our learning was always linked to real life examples. I’m looking forward to University as I feel I’ll be able to do well because my two years at Stourbridge College have helped me become a much more independent learner.”

Wendy Stevens Head of Stourbridge College, said: “I am particularly pleased with this year’s results. Our students can look forward to taking up their University places or moving into employment with excellent A level grades behind them.

“The overall success rate of our A Levels is now in line with the national average, which we believe is at least partly due to the excellent learner support we offer through our Personal Tutors and learning resources. These have enabled our students to achieve their best performance. Now that staff and students have settled into our fantastic new building we look forward to welcoming back learners for another year of academic achievement.”

Students celebrating at Sutton Coldfield College included Cara Patton whose ambitions to become an accountant have come one step further with a place at the University of Birmingham to study Accounting and Finance. “They say the school days are the best of your life, but for me, it’s these two years at college that have been special,” said the 18- year-old who gained an A in Economics, B in Computing and a C in Mathematics.

“I was part of the college’s Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy which supported my career goals by providing me with internships at Deutsche Bank and Lloyds. I also attended lectures and networking events linked to business and financial services which developed my confidence and added to the academic skills I’ve gained at BMet. I’m sad to be leaving, but happy to have the future that I’ve been working towards.”

Cameron Ujjal gained A grades in Anthropology and Philosophy and B in Law. “The waiting for results is over – now I’m on top of the world. It feels great to be celebrating with my friends,” said the 18-year-old from West Bromwich. He is going on to study Law at the University of Birmingham.

“It was the range of subjects that inspired me to come here,” he continued. “The flexible timetable BMet was able to offer meant I could study all the subjects I wanted to. My A Level Philosophy changed my life perspective and Anthropology has taught me a lot about human nature and cultural values. I was always able to contribute my experiences and knowledge of society whenever possible.

“Law has always interested me most of all and I’ll be spending the next three years working towards becoming a solicitor or barrister.”

BMet College is currently taking applications for September admission in A Level and vocational subjects. Higher education courses are also available at the college.

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