Students celebrate incredible A Level success

August 16, 2018

Havant & South Downs College students have been celebrating today as they opened their eagerly anticipated A Level results.

Figures have shown that students across both campuses have achieved high-flying results, with an overall pass rate of 98.5% and 51% of students securing the top A* to B or equivalent grades.

Gily Gison was amongst the happy students as she secured three A*’s in biology chemistry and mathematics, meaning she has gained a place at the University of Leeds to study medicine.

She said: “I feel amazing! I have been waiting for this moment for so long and now I am off to study medicine, I couldn’t be happier! I was a bit worried about chemistry, but I guess I didn’t have to be.”

Student Henry Mudge was also jumping for joy with a triple set of A* results in mathematics, physics and chemistry – even more so as he has travelled from the Isle of Wight every day to get to college.

He said: “It’s been great at HSDC, the teachers are really helpful and supportive, the atmosphere is good, and I have made some amazing friends.

“The commute has been hard work and really tiring especially in the winter months and the rain, but it has been worth it.”

Henry will be off to the University of Bath to study mechanical engineering.

Philip Brocklehurst joined in on the ongoing success with three A’s in maths, computer science and graphics and has now secured a place at the University of Manchester to study mathematics.

He said: “I feel so good, I was so nervous leading up to today, but I worked really hard and it looks like it has paid off.

“At times it has been hard, but those hardships just make me work even more. My favourite part of my HSDC experience was the debating society! I loved spending time with other students and hearing their views.”

Marium Aljareh also achieved an incredible AAA in mathematics, biology and chemistry.

She said: “It’s been lots of hard work to achieve this, you are pushed to do your very best and are constantly tested so that you know if you are coping and on the right track.

“I am relieved today that it has all gone the way I wanted, I am thrilled with my results.”

Marium will be going to Cardiff in September to study medicine and her dad added that she will be the second doctor in their family to come from Havant & South Downs College.

The South Downs Campus saw double success in the form of twins Benjamin and Edward Hall – both of whom achieved incredible success.

Benjamin opened his results to see three A* in mathematics, physics and chemistry whilst Edward secured A*’s in geography and economics and an A in mathematics.

Both will be off to university in September – Benjamin heading to Imperial College London to study physics and Edward will be enrolling at London School of Economics to study politics.

Student Grace Coupland saw faultless success in one of her politics exams, scoring an incredible 100%. She achieved an overall A* for politics, along with an A in law and psychology and a B in history.

She said: “My experience at HSDC has been really great, especially as the lecturers have been so supportive in getting me the grades I needed.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at college, I’ve made so many friends that I think will stay with me throughout university.

“I would advise any year 11 students coming to start A Levels to pick something that they’re passionate about, and don’t be deterred by the fact that you haven’t done it before, as if you’re interested in it that helps you so much more.”

Grace will be studying law at the University of Surrey in September.

Laurel Boxall will also be heading to university next month – as she secured a spot at the prestigious University of Oxford.

She achieved an outstanding A* in English Literature and Biology, an A in Psychology and a B in English Language. She said she can’t wait to start her English Literature degree.

She added: “The lecturers were always absolutely incredible, the always go the extra mile for you to help you with anything, they always make you feel supported and that you could achieve anything you wanted to achieve.”