College students eye up A Level success on Results Day

17 August 2017
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"College is a different experience, you are independent but that has been a great way to learn. I have no doubt it has set me up for University life.”

It was an early start at Oaklands College this morning with expectant students eager to collect this year’s A Level Results.

There was good news all round with overall results showing a marked year on year increase. Particular highlights included nine A2 subjects achieving 100 per cent pass rates including English Language, Biology, Psychology and History. In addition to this, 94 per cent of Extended Projects achieved high grades, which is further recognition of the College’s ability to nurture independent study.

After setting a fantastic benchmark with four A’s at AS Level last summer, Anxhela Syziu 23  of Hatfield bettered her already impressive predicted straight A results to secure A*s in Chemistry and Biology with an A in Maths. After coming to the UK from Albania at the end of 2014 to take her A Levels, she will now head to Liverpool to study medicine and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

Earlier this year, she was nominated in the College’s annual Celebration of Success Awards in the A Level Category for her exemplary attitude and approach to her studies. She was also commended for being a positive role model with peers, juggling the demands of family life with a two-year-old son.  

She said: “I am thrilled  - getting my A Levels means so much to me so I could have qualifications formally recognised by UK universities. I can now look forward to relocating to Liverpool to further my studies to build a better future for my son.”

Celebrating two A’s and a B in Biology, Business and Psychology, Daniel Duke from Stevenage is now heading to his first choice of Birmingham University to do Sport and Exercise Science.  He said: “I’m pleased I’ve got the results today – Birmingham is the place to be for this type of study and it felt right when I went to visit there. College is a difference experience, you are independent but that has been a great way to learn. I have no doubt it has set me up for University life.”

Oliver Bowbrick, 19  of Radlett secured triple A grades at AS Level in Literature, Government and Politics and Sociology,  putting him in good stead to continue on to A2 study with Oaklands next year. He said: “Studying at Oaklands has been great – I came out of education for a while so to come back and get such a great start on my A Levels has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

Oaklands Principal Zoe Hancock said: “These results are a testimony to the hard work of our students and staff. It is great to be part of their journey and we wish them every success in the future.”