The highest ever number of Westminster Kingsway students took A Levels this year and their high pass rate is especially impressive considering this year’s move to linear A levels. In addition to the high overall pass rate, high grades have increased and many students have exceeded their predictions. 100% pass rates were achieved in Further Mathematics, Physics, Spanish, Business Studies, Government & Politics, English Language & Literature, Sociology, Biology, Media, and Film Studies, with many more students achieving their personal best, making Westminster Kingsway one of the highest achieving Further Education colleges in London.
Emmie Crystal, 18, is one student celebrating today. She is off to University College London to read Spanish, having achieved A grades in Psychology, Sociology and Spanish. She is delighted with her results and, along with fellow student Rafi Islam, appeared live on Channel 5’s The Wright Stufftoday, to talk about A Levels and the options available for young people.
Kim Caplin, Principal of Westminster Kingsway College, was delighted with the results. She said: “It’s been another great year for A Levels at Westminster Kingsway, with many of our students getting the grades they need to progress to university or to a job. It’s a testament to the hard work of our students and staff who have prepared students well in a year where past papers and other teaching resources were unavailable.
“The college serves some of London’s poorest areas and a lot of the students we teach come from very challenging backgrounds. So, behind these great statistics are dozens of moving stories of student successes. Students who have either under achieved in education previously or have had to have a break for health reasons in a number of cases have achieved very high grades.
“We have also had excellent results in vocational areas with high progression rates into prestigious universities, apprenticeships and employment. It’s a very proud day for the college and our students.”
It’s not just about A Levels here though. Westminster Kingsway College also offers BTECs and those students have been receiving their results too. One student, Andrico Zacharia, has overcome the odds to land a prestigious degree apprenticeship with the leading global financial firm Goldman Sachs. His tutors at Westminster Kingsway College noticed his tech-savviness and supported him every step of the way through his BTEC Level 3 course in Computing and the demanding application process for the some of these programmes. Andrico achieved an impressive triple Distinction Star grade and even turned down an offer from a Russell Group university to join Goldman Sachs’s degree apprenticeship programme.
His achievement shows that you can go from college to earning a salary, while studying for a degree, with the prospect of a great job at the end of it… and no student debt to worry about.