During the run up to Christmas, many local undergraduates return to Cornwall after spending their first term away at university. Among them will be several former A-level students from Cornwall College St Austell who are looking forward to a well-earned break with their families after a busy time away.
Former Cornwall College student Dan Marks returns to his family home in St Austell after his first term studying Natural Sciences at University College London. Dan progressed from Poltair School to study Biology, Mathematics and Chemistry with Cornwall College. Dan said: “My first term has been a tough, intense welcome to university but full of fun and an opportunity to explore a great city amongst the countless deadlines. I’ve enjoyed the course, learning a higher level of my specialist subjects, exploring new routes of science. Cornwall College gave me a platform to get here, with some great lecturers who are prepared to put in extra time to help you succeed.”
The A-level class of 2016 achieved a record breaking 99.6% overall pass rate with students progressing to an impressive range of universities around the UK. In fact, around a third of the year group progressed on to Russell Group universities, which are made up of the top 24 higher education establishments in the UK including Oxbridge, Imperial College London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Exeter amongst others. Alongside the impressive overall pass rate, 84.3% of students at Cornwall College St Austell achieved an A* to C grade and there were 25 out of the 26 A-levels offered that achieved a 100% rate of success, including English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, History and Law.
Head of Cornwall College St Austell Chris Taylor said: “I am extremely proud of the outstanding level of achievement of the Class of 2016. It’s testament to the hard work that they all showed consistently during their time at the College and is also now reflected in the impressive list of universities that they are currently attending. There is no limit to what their commitment and hard work can accomplish in the future.”
Former Fowey River Academy student Edward Stables is another of the Class of 2016 travelling back for Christmas. Edward achieved an A* in Further Mathematics and an A in Mathematics and Physics during his time studying A-levels at Cornwall College. He is returning home after his first term away studying a Masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. Edward said: “Academically, being pushed as far as we are has been very enjoyable. Combining this with the scholarly and technical resources available has been amazing for learning. Aside from this, moving away from Cornwall and living independently has been an awesome learning experience and many good friends have been made.
“Cornwall College helped by allowing me to get the grades that I needed to get to get into a top university, as well as the lecturers being supportive of my efforts to apply to somewhere with low acceptance rates. This extended to them offering to look over my personal statement in greater detail than normal and practicing some basic interview questions. It obviously worked as I am one of the few non-international or non-private schooled students at the University.”