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A-level results show continued high standards and outstanding individual Performances

Learners at Coleg Sir Gâr have produced an outstanding set of A-level results this year, in what for many was their first time of sitting formal examinations at this level of study.

Following a period of awarding centre-assessed grades during the pandemic, the return to a formal examination-based assessment required extra support, guidance and care, provided by committed and specialist staff from across the A-level programme.

For A-level qualifications, the college celebrates 34% of learners attaining A*-A grades, whilst 10% of entries achieved the top A* grades. This is an outstanding achievement and a testament to the hard work of all students and staff throughout the last two years.

Notable subject performances included biology, mathematics, further mathematics, physics and sociology. Modern foreign languages achieved a 100% A*-A pass rate.

Overall, 86% of learners achieved grades A* to C and 98% achieved grades A to E. These results demonstrate and improvement in the examination-based results of 2019 but are slightly less than the centre assessed grade assessment model used in 2021. This is in line with expectations highlighted by Qualifications Wales and the WJEC.

Some outstanding individual performances have led to learners going to study a range of disciplines including, medicine dentistry, engineering, law, geography, business, finance and economics, languages, journalism, art and architecture, all at top Russell Group and high performing universities.

Mrs Orla Williams, head of faculty for Sir Gâr 6 A-levels and access said: “We are delighted at the success of our students as this reflects the hard work and effort of both students and staff over the last two years; during and post covid.

“Staff have supported student aspirations, encouraging them to be ambitious and to apply to the best universities and degree apprenticeships.

“On behalf of all staff at the college we wish our learners every success as they go to the very best universities across the United Kingdom and into employment.”

Dr Andrew Cornish, principal of Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion added: “It is great to see our students performing consistently well and to a high standard.

“These A-level results along with an equally strong performance in the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will see our learners continue to progress to higher education, both locally at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and throughout the United Kingdom to pursue their chosen careers.

“Equally impressive is the high grades achieved on our vocational programmes. These results, coupled with tremendous success in national and international skills competitions, will enable our vocational learners to progress to university, apprenticeships, higher level apprenticeships and future employment.

“Overall, this excellent performance reflects the progression of students from the strong foundations laid in partner schools in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and beyond.

“On behalf of the college, I wish them the very best for the future.”