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The College's achievement rates on A Levels and advanced vocational courses consistently exceed national benchmarks, firmly placing Newcastle-under-Lyme College in the top 10% of further education colleges in the country.  

At Newcastle-under-Lyme College, we recognise that results matter to young people and their parents.

The latest Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) national achievement rate tables, published on Thursday 16 June, based on the 2015-2016 academic year show that NULC’s achievement rate for 16-18 year old full-time learners during the last academic year stood at 87.6%, placing the College in the top spot in Staffordshire and South Cheshire and in the top 6% of Colleges nationally.  Achievement rates are a measure of how many students completed and passed the course they studied. To compare us to other local FE providers please click here.

Achieving three or more substantial qualifications is key to unlocking progression on to university and into a good career. For several consecutive years NULC has been the biggest provider of students to higher education in Staffordshire, with over 830 students progressing to over 60 different universities last year. This is just one of the reasons why we’re the college of first choice locally. 

In November 2013 we were rated good by Ofsted with many outstanding areas.  The full report can be found in the downloads section at the bottom of this page.

A Level Results 2017

In 2017, more than 940 A Level entries were made in more than 33 subjects.

  • 98.8% pass rate
  • Half of all A Level entries achieved high grades (A*-B), with 78.5% achieving A*-C
  • 1247 A*A grades (or equivalent) awarded this year
  • Increased number of A* and A grades, with 176 students achieving at this level
  • 48.73% of entries achieved the highest grades of A*‐ B
  • Two-thirds of all A Level subject areas reported a 100% pass rate, including: art & design, biology, computing, English language, English language/literature, film studies, French, further mathematics, geography, graphic design, history, ICT, media studies, music, photography, physical education, product design, Spanish, textiles, theatre studies, psychology and sociology.

Exceptionally strong performing subject areas include: 

  • Maths and Further Maths,where more than a third of students achieved A*-A grades
  • French where 71.43% of students achieved A*- B grades
  • Film studies where 76.67% of students achieved A*- B grades
  • Media studies where 76.56% of students achieved A*- B grades
  • Art & design where 73% of students achieved A*- B grades (27% achieving A*)
  • Law where 68.75% of students achieved A*- B grades (50% achieving A* - A)

To read more about our A Level results click here.

Vocational Results 2017

Our 2017 Vocational results are pretty impressive too - with an overall pass rate of 99.5%. 

  • 20 out of 21 BTEC Extended Diploma subject areas achieved a 100% pass rate
  • 1101 full-time BTEC Level 3 learners achieved at least one distinction grade or above
  • 197 students achieved D*D*D* (equivalent to 3 A*'s at A Level)

Exceptionally strong performing subject areas include: 

  • National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning & Development - best results in the country in relation to student progress
  • 91% of students studying Health and Social Care achieved grades DDD and above
  • 80% of students studying Applied Science achieved grades DDD and above
  • 79% of students studying Fashion achieved grades DDD and above
  • 70% of students studying Sports Science achieved grades DDD and above
  • 70% of students studying Business achieved grades DDD and above

Apprenticeship Results 2017

Consistently strong apprenticeship perfromance, 12% ahead of the national average with NULC's achievement rates ranked 8th out of almost 300 general further education colleges in England. We currently work with more than 700 employers, supporting more than 1600 apprentices in a wide range of industries to "earn whilst they learn".



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