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College students celebrating A Level results success

17th August 2017

Hundreds of students and staff at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) are celebrating success today after this year’s A Level results are announced.  

College students celebrating A Level results success

Key highlights:

  • 942 entries with 98.8% pass rate
  • 22 subject areas reporting 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.
  • Increased number of A* and A grades, with 176 students achieving at this level
  • 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, French where 71.43% of students achieved A*-B grades and Law where 68.75% of students achieved A*-B grades.

In 2016 NULC sent more students to university than any college in Staffordshire and the College is predicting that today’s excellent results should once again see it maintain its position as the leading provider of students to higher education in the area, with hundreds of students set to be accepted in to their chosen universities.

Top performing students at the College are expected to progress to a number of prestigious universities across the UK including; Cardiff University, King’s College London, Queens University  Belfast, University of Bath, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, University of Southampton and University of Warwick.

Karen Dobson, NULC Principal and Chief Executive, said: “Today will be yet another great day of celebrations at NULC and I’d like to pass on my personal congratulations to all of the students who are collecting their results.  I am delighted with our results and as always, I am so proud of what the students achieve here at NULC. The last 12 months have seen significant changes to A Level qualifications, with very little exemplar material available to staff and students, so to see a healthy increase in our overall pass rates against a difficult backdrop and tougher qualification framework is an outstanding achievement and a true testament to the hard work of both staff and students alike.”

Continued Karen Dobson:  “The class of 2017 will leave NULC fully equipped with the qualifications, skills and confidence to be successful in their further studies, employment or apprenticeship.  We wish them every success in the future and we look forward to following their career progression with interest.  With September fast approaching, we are also looking forward to welcoming many new A Level students to both NULC and Stafford College and hope that these students are excited to become a part of our continued success story.” 

Annually around 95% of NULC students’ progress to university, an apprenticeship or employment. 

Take a look at our highlights video below:


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