From GCSE’s to BTECs to Degrees the students at Solihull College have achieved great results this year.
The government recently made it compulsory for colleges to offer GCSEs for all students who gained a grade D whilst at school and as a result of this decision GCSEs have now replaced the functional skills qualification and Solihull College has seen a significant increase in students throughout the academic year, in some cases a fourfold increase in applicants.
The college has performed exceptionally well with their GCSE English results with many students gaining grades A-C; those aged between 16-18 years performed 9% above the national average which is a huge improvement on previous years and students 19 years and older performed 7% above the national average. Students also achieved well with their GCSE Maths results which were also above the national average for gaining A-C grades.
Many 16-18 year olds completed their vocational BTEC Diplomas at Solihull College and 93% of those students achieved their qualifications and will either be progressing with Solihull College or moving on to university. Solihull College had the best results the college has ever seen for vocational qualifications with the number of high grades increasing by 20% on last year’s figures.
Students at Solihull’s only university centre studied towards their university level qualifications and also succeeded. The university level learners secured a 95% success rate with 11 students gaining first class honours degrees in subjects including business, fine art, early years and animal management and welfare. 66% of university level students gained the higher graded first and upper second class honours degrees at the college. New programmes such as Fine Art, Animal Behaviour and Welfare and Applied Sports Science all achieved great results after seeing their first graduating students.
Principal John Callaghan commented “We are extremely pleased with all of the results from our students over the past year. I am particularly pleased that we have seen so many learners get a grade A-C in their GCSEs especially after studying for several years at school and leaving with lower grades to come to our college and gain high grades after only a year.
We are very proud of the results achieved by all of our students and would like to congratulate every one of them. Personally, I am also proud of the staff at Solihull College and University Centre for all of their hard work and commitment shown throughout the academic year to ensure that their students achieve the best results.
We have invested heavily in new staff, teaching material including on-line facilities for the new academic year and we expect to continue improving as a college and in turn improving students experience and results at Solihull College and University Centre.”
Solihull College and University Centre still have places left for students who wish to continue their studies in September. If you would like more information please visit www.solihull.ac.uk or call 0121 678 7000.