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There were over 3,500 AS and A Level exam entries this summer at York College and the College’s A Level faculty is proud to announce an A Level pass rate of 99.6%. This means York College’s A Level results remain significantly above the national average for the twentieth consecutive year.


An impressive 25 students gained at least three A* or A grades and the College is also delighted to report a 100% pass rate in 38 A Level subjects.

Oxford and Cambridge university places were successfully secured by three students:

  • Jess Lister (formerly of Howden School and Technology College) will study History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Grades A*AAB)
  • Joseph Smith (formerly of St Peter’s School) will study Physics at Christ Church, Oxford (Grades A*A*A*A*A*)
  • Paulina Barszcz ((formerly of Highbury High School, Wakefield) will study German and Russian at St Catherine’s College, Oxford

Joseph Smith is this year’s top performing student. Joseph, formerly of St Peter’s School, achieved a remarkable five A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Additional Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

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Jack Hanslope, formerly of Barlby High School achieved an impressive four A* grades in Maths,Further Maths, Chemistry, and Physics plus an A in Additional Further Maths (AS Level). He will study Maths at University of Exeter.

Another top performing student is Sarah Coolican (formerly of Harrogate Ladies College) who achieved 3 A*s and a B grade: Government and Politics (A*), History (A*), Sociology (A*) and Psychology (B). Sarah will study Politics and East European Studies at University College London.


Many more high flying York College students will progress to some of the UK’s top universities to study prestigious subjects, including:
Frazer Levett (A*A*AAA), formerly of Barlby High School is going to Durham University to study Computer Science.

George Gabriel (A*A*AA), formerly of City of Leeds College of Music, is going to The University of York to study Mathematics and Computer Science.

Jonathan Adamson (A*A*AB), formerly of Barlby High School, is going to Lancaster University to study Law.

Fraser Morris (A*A*A and A* for Extended Project Qualification), formerly of Leeds Grammar School, is going to The London School of Economics to study History.

Isobel Poxon (A*A*AB), formerly of Millthorpe School, is going to York College to study Art Foundation.

Reman Sadani (A*A*A and A* for Extended Project Qualification), formerly of Millthorpe School, is going to University College London to study Fine Art.

Marcus Williams (A*A*A), formerly of Manor Church of England Academy, is going to University College London to study Natural Sciences.

Robin Ashwin (A*AAAB), formerly of Market Weighton School, is going to The University of York to study Biochemistry.

Samantha Keenaghan (AAAA and A* for Extended Project Qualification), formerly of Manor Church of England Academy, is going to Durham University to study Psychology.


The College can also report excellent vocational results this year. Vocational results are still coming in and so far students have achieved an outstanding 281 Triple Distinctions, of which 118 are Triple Distinction* grades (equivalent to 3 A*s at A Level).

Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College, said: “I am overjoyed that once again our students have achieved exceptional grades and that for the twentieth year York College’s A Level results are well above the national average. The success of all our students are testament to their hard work, and the commitment and dedication of everyone at York College. We are also hugely grateful for the support the College has received from parents, families and the wider community so that we can ensure our students do as well as they can. These outstanding results match the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade awarded to the College in December last year and will give our students a real advantage as they progress to higher education and employment. I wish them all every success in their future careers, they really deserve it.”

For those looking to progress to studying a Higher Education qualification, York College offers a range of full and part-time degrees at a lower cost than going to other higher education establishments. Students could save a significant amount of money if they choose to study a degree course with us. Places are still available to those wishing to start in September this year. Bob Saynor, Assistant Principal for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education at York College, says: “This year 62% of our students who graduated from BA programmes achieved a first class honours or 2:1 classification. Having the opportunity to live locally and study a degree course validated by some of the country’s top universities, could prove to be the best option for many students, particularly in the current climate. As an indicator of the high quality experience our higher education students receive the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education judged the quality of learning opportunities at the College as ‘commended’ in the recent review undertaken in April 2014.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Higher Education courses at York College should contact the College on 01904 770400.