A Level Academy boasts A* students

Staff and students at St Helens College’s A Level Academy are celebrating another set of fantastic A level results since A level provision was relaunched at the College three years ago. The majority of students secured a place at their first choice university including University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and University of Manchester.

St Helens College’s A Level Academy achieved an outstanding 100% pass rate in Mathematics, History, English Language, English Literature, Sociology, Psychology and Religious Studies.

The set of results comes following the introduction of more challenging, two year, linear A levels. This change included a single, longer examination taken at the end of the 2 years.

Shannon Heaton, achieved A*, A*, B in Psychology, Sociology and Law and said, “I am thrilled with my grades, especially as these contribute to the area of work that I would like to launch my career in. Studying at the A Level Academy has developed my confidence, independence and academic ability, in preparation for my Psychology degree at The University of Manchester. I am hoping to one day become a psychologist.”

Students collected their results from the Town Centre Campus library this morning and were greeted by the head of the A level Academy, Joanne Greenhalgh and their tutors. Joanne says, “We are boasting some real individual successes this year with A* and A grade students. The large majority of our cohort have secured their place at their first choice university.”

Damon Frodsham celebrated gaining his place at University of Liverpool, he says, “I’m so happy that I’ve achieved A, B, C in Business, History and Biology. I can honestly say that studying at the A Level Academy is the best decision that I’ve ever made. Originally, I wanted to pursue a career as an Air Crewman but unfortunately having asthma prevented me from doing this, so I decided to look at another route that would fuel my interest in business. Not only have I made some amazing friends but I have secured a place at my first choice university, studying International Business. I hope to work within accounting or finance one day.”

St Helens College’s A Level Academy offers a direct route to university, with over 19 subject areas to choose from, smaller class sizes and individualised support from tutors, creating an aspirational learning environment in which students can excel in.

High flying student, Jemma Brown, has secured her place at University of Central Lancashire, she says, “Although it has been a challenging journey at times, the tutors have been amazing and so supportive and I was even able to undertake work experience at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, gaining first-hand experience of working on a busy ward. I am so happy with my A in A level Psychology, especially as it was my favourite subject. It just shows that hard work really does pay off and I’m now looking forward to studying my degree in Midwifery in September!”

This set of results comes in addition to St Helens College recently achieving an overall level 3 Extended Diploma pass rate of 100% with many students achieving triple Distinction star grades (D*D*D*) in their vocational courses, giving them the same UCAS tariff points as those achieving A* grades at A level, and securing their places at first choice universities.

As recently recognised by the Department for Education League Tables as the best General Further Education College within the Merseyside region for average point score in Applied General and Tech Level subjects for 16-18 year olds, St Helens College’s vocational courses allow students to study one subject, full time, enabling them to specialise in their chosen career. They provide a strong pathway to university, an apprenticeship and also employment.

Aspiring Paramedic, Georgia Dawson, achieved D*D*D* on her level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care and says, “The best part of my course was having the opportunity to complete work placements with the North West Ambulance Service, working alongside paramedics out in the field, experiencing the type of work that they do every day. I was also able to complete basic first aid training, which boosted my CV and university application. I honestly believe that these amazing opportunities and the fantastic support from the tutors have prepared me for the next stage of my learning so that I can work towards becoming a Paramedic. I have now accepted an offer to study DipHE Paramedic Practice at Edge Hill University.”

Alex Hindley dreams of becoming Head Zookeeper now that he has completed his level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management and says, “I have had a fantastic experience at St Helens College, where I have been fortunate enough to be taught by some incredible tutors, who are so passionate about their subject. The facilities at St Helens College are amazing too. I was able to work with a huge range of species native to countries from all around the world, in both the indoor and outdoor animal units and go on some really insightful trips. Now that I have achieved D*D*D*, I am now working at Blackpool Zoo as a Seasonal Education Officer and I have secured a place at University of Chester to study a degree in Zoo Management.”

Jette Burford, Principal of St Helens College, says, “A level results day is the pinnacle of our academic year. We are extremely proud of both our A Level Academy and vocational students. They have shown dedication and have really worked hard in achieving another exceptional set of results, securing places at some of the top universities in the region.”

Photo – A Level Students Receive Results. Left to Right: Jemma Brown, Gareth Russell, Damon Frodsham, Keiran Turner, Shannon Heaton


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