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Reading College students celebrate A-level success

Reading College students celebrated results day today with some excellent grades.

19% (nearly 1 in 5) of entries resulted in an A* or A grade, a strong ten percentage point increase compared with 2015/16 and the highest level recorded at the college in over a decade.

38% of A-level students at Reading College gained A* to B grades, the highest since 2013/2014.

Students achieved strong results in the most popular A-level subjects with increases in the % achieving the top A* to B grades for Psychology (40%), Chemistry (38%), Sociology (35%) and Physics (43%).

Bridget James, Faculty Manager for A-levels said: “It has been a hard year for everyone with the new A-level specifications coming in to play and we are hugely proud of all of our students and what they have achieved. It is great to see the percentage of high grades going up. We have students going on to excellent universities and wish them all the very best with their studies.”

 

Wanshunyu (Andy) Zhang, from Bracknell was the top performer at the college, with A* in Maths, A* Further Maths and A* Physics and a B in Chemistry. The 18 year old will now be going to Imperial College in London to study Computer Science. He said: “I am really happy with my results. Everything has been fun at Reading College. I have loved all the subjects and enjoyed the whole experience. The teachers are all really kind and supportive.”

Kalindi Wilson from Earley gained A grades in English, History and Psychology. The 18 year old is now getting ready to take up her place at Cardiff University to study English Literature. She said: “Everyone at Reading College has been really helpful and there is a really nice atmosphere. I liked being treated like an adult and I have really changed how I learn, compared to school. The teachers here made me really want to do well and succeed.”

 

Christina Simpson, age 18 from Tilehurst got a grade B in Religious Studies, a B in Psychology and a C in English. She is now doing to the University of Roehampton to study Primary Education. She said: “I am really pleased with my results. I actually did better than I thought I would, particularly in Religious Studies as I got a C last year but as I got 100% in one of my exams, it bought my final grade up to a B. Being at college has given me more independence and more confidence. I love the amount of different people you meet and the community vibe.”

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