Round up of A Level successes

Round up of A Level successes

Masks couldn’t hide the smiles from students picking up a record number of top flight A Level results in a year like no other.

Many learners completed their courses remotely as the College switched to distance learning when the country went into lockdown.

Exams were cancelled and results were instead released based on calculations from independent qualifications regulator Ofqual using standardised centre assessment grades.

While some students chose to pick up results by appointment, others chose to receive the news from further afield, such as College top performer, international student Sara Shirkavand, who flew back to Iran to be with her family when the Covid-19 crisis hit.

Sara said she couldn’t wait to celebrate her place studying pharmacy with her “second family” at Trafford College after gaining an awe-inspiring A in biology, A* in chemistry and A* in maths.

Sara was able to access A Levels in this country through the College’s one year GCSE programme, which provides students to retake exams and translate foreign qualifications into English.

Jaime Villarreal was another student putting what he had learned in Venezuela into practise at Trafford College in order to gain a complement of GCSEs, before progressing to A Level exams. Jamie secured enough points with B in sociology, C in media and C in business to go to Manchester Metropolitan University to study business technology.

Fellow fast track GCSE learner Harry Eden moved on to study A-Levels after upping his English grade on the one year course, accepting an offer to study criminology at the University of Liverpool with B in sociology, B in media and B in law.

Harry said: “The smaller class sizes and swipe-in only access for A Level students to the Sixth Form Centre meant fewer distractions. The resources and IT facilities in this dedicated area really helped me focus too.”

Also impressed by the smaller class sizes and “excellent teaching” was aspiring movie director, James Watson who rubber stamped his ambition to study film, with B in film, B in psychology and B in English language.

Loving the independent life style College provides was Nicole Yoxall, who joined Trafford College after starting a local Sixth Form. She planned to read law at the University of Leicester with a high-achieving A in law, A in sociology and B in business in order to become a human rights lawyer.

Nicole said: “I liked the independence of College life, where you’re respected and treated like an adult.”

With working for Apple in his sights, Jason Lam from Hong Kong, aimed to take his pick of universities in order to study computer science with a high-flying A in maths, B in chemistry and B in physics.

Mia Howard also planned to go through cleaning to study psychology after scooping an A in sociology, B in law and B in psychology.

Association of College Student of the Year finalist Macy Sheil cried with joy after securing enough points to gain a place at the University of Central Lancashire to study politics. The move will help Macy, who held the position of student governor and equalities council leader at the College, realise her dream of working in international aid.

Superstar student Ahmed Darouache celebrated successfully combining BTEC Engineering with A Level maths, achieving triple starred distinctions and an impressive A grade, which he planned to use to study architecture at university in Liverpool. Ahmed, who wears a hearing aid, has come a long way from when he first started in Foundation Learning at the College to take pre-GCSEs.

Well done to each and every single one of you!