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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 among 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. 

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 800 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. 

A Level Results 2017

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

  • 98.4% pass rate
  • 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: 
    • 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*)
    • French where 71.43% of students achieved A*- B grades
    • Law where 68.75% of students achieved A*- B grades (50% achieving A* - A)
    • Further Maths where 38% of students achieved A* - A grades

To read more about our A Level results click here.

A Level Results Day 2016


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