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There were approximately 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 overall A Level pass rate of 99.5 per cent. This means York College’s A Level results have remained significantly above the national average for the last 21 years.


An impressive 27 students gained three or more A* or A grades and the College is also delighted to report a 100 per cent pass rate in 38 A Level subjects.

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

Amy-May Dicks (formerly of Barlby High School) will study Medicine at University College, Oxford (A*A*AA)
Rachael Hodgson (formerly of Canon Lee Specialist Arts College) will study English at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge (A*A*A*A)
Luca Wollny will study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Harris Manchester College, Oxford (A*A*A)

Many students achieved exceptionally high grades:

Maya White (formerly of Holy Family Catholic High School) and Ruben Turkenburg (formerly of Archbishop Holgate’s School) both achieved a remarkable two A*s and three A grades. Maya will study medicine at Leicester University and Ruben will progress to university in Leiden, Holland.

Jacob Hopper (formerly of Sherburn High School) and Rachael Hodgson (formerly of Canon Lee Specialist Arts College) achieved impressive A*A*A*A grades. Jacob is progressing to Exeter University to study medicine and Rachael will study English at Cambridge University.

Amy-May Dicks (formerly of Barlby High School), Harry Wilkinson (formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School) and Ben Lister (formerly of Howden School and Technology College) all achieved A*A*AA. Amy-May will study Medicine at Oxford University, Harry will study Combined Honours in Social Sciences at Durham University and Ben will study Computer Science and Mathematics at Manchester University.

Four students achieved A*A*A: Emma Higgins (formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School), will progress to Newcastle University to study Speech and Language Sciences; Jonathan Atkinson (Manor C of E Academy) will study Maths at Sheffield University; Josh Foskett (formerly of George Pindar School) will study Politics at the University of York and Luca Wollny will study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University.

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Glyn Jones, Assistant Principal for A Levels at York College commented: “We are delighted that our high grades at A Level and AS have both increased significantly , especially when the national picture seems to be that they are becoming more difficult for students to achieve. The improved overall pass rate for AS sets us up well for the coming academic year, and we are also very happy with how well our students have done with the Extended Project Qualification – well over a hundred students achieved these, with the majority of them gaining high grades.”

Students have also achieved fantastic vocational results this year. At this point the College can report an outstanding 366 Triple Distinctions, of which 164 are Triple Distinction* grades (equivalent to 3 A*s at A Level), with results still coming in.

Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College, said: “I am so pleased that once again our students have achieved exceptionally well and York College’s A Level results remain well above the national average. This is even more remarkable at a time when the A Level qualification has become much more challenging. I am in no doubt that the success of our students is down to their hard work, and the commitment and dedication of everyone at York College. We also remain hugely grateful for the support the College has received from parents, families and the wider community. This really helps our students achieve as well as they possibly can. I wish all our leavers every success for the future and I am confident that they will thrive as they move onto exciting and interesting careers.”

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For those looking to progress to studying a Higher Education qualification, York College offers a range of full and part-time degrees, foundation degrees and HNCs. Students could save a significant amount of money if they choose to study a course with us. Places are still available to those wishing to start in September this year. Andrea Shepherd, Assistant Principal for Higher Education at York College, says: “This year 70% 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. In a recent review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education the quality of learning opportunities at the College was commended."

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