Hardworking students picked up their results last week, which gave the College a near perfect A Level pass rate of 98 per cent, with almost half achieving A*- B grades. More than 72 per cent of learners studying BTEC vocational qualifications also achieved high grades. This continuing record of success is why the college is among the top further education colleges in the country for A Level and vocational study.
Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College Group, said: “Our staff and students have worked really hard despite the disruption they’ve been through in recent years, and these latest results are testament to their ambition and dedication.
“We’re proud to play a key role in helping our students realise their ambitions and we’re looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to our £100m campus in September – home to a brand new Digital Centre, Construction Skills Workshop, Higher Education Centre, and ‘campus heart’ which provides a new welcome area to the college.”
Despite this year's race for university places expected to be one of the most competitive yet, more than two thirds of Middlesbrough College students secured their first-choice university place, with almost 20 per cent heading to Sutton Trust universities, some of the best ranked in the UK.
We are shining a spotlight on some of Middlesbrough College’s high-flying students and finding out how their time at the College has helped them succeed.
Lola lands dream university spot
18-year-old Lola Becket secured a top spot at Durham University to read Japanese studies, having achieved an A* in English Language, an A* in English Literature and an A in Religious Studies.
Lola, from Skelton, said: “When I was little, all of my friends loved watching Disney princess films, but I was more interested in watching Studio Ghibli animations. I’ve always admired Japanese culture and I’m so excited to immerse myself in the language at university.
“I was so pleased with my results as I’d revised really hard and tried to avoid becoming too stressed about the whole process. I think it's important to give yourself grace if you make a mistake. It’s not the end of the world and you can always try again.”
A Levels add up for Reece
Reece Hoppen is set to make the move from Middlesbrough to Manchester having secured a place at the city’s prestigious university where he’ll study Maths.
It all added up for the 18-year-old who achieved an A* in Maths, A* in Further Maths, A in Physics, A in Computer Science and A in his EPQ (extended project qualification designed to extend and develop a student’s abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare them for university).
Reece said: “I’ve loved my time at the College. The teachers are amazing and make it a fun learning environment. There are plenty of breakout spaces where you can have enjoy down time with your friends – which really helps you avoid burning yourself out. At the same time, there’s amazing facilities and resources so that when you need to, you can get your head down and work.”
Sulimaan engineers dream career at College
A Triple Distinction Star was the cherry on top of an already incredible week for Sulimaan Mohammed, who secured his dream apprenticeship three days before picking up his results.
Having already built fundamental technical skills on his Construction and the Built Environment Course at the College, the 18-year-old from Middlesbrough impressed employers at Newton Aycliffe-based manufacturer Gestamp and was offered an engineering technician apprenticeship with the company.
“I was over the moon when I opened my results,” he said. “Even though I’d already achieved what I set out to do, it felt like recognition of the hard work I’ve put in during my time here.
“My tutors at the college and the team at Northern Skills (the College’s apprenticeship and training arm) really supported my ambitions and gave me the confidence to apply for the apprenticeship – and I couldn’t have done it without them.”