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  SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
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There is plenty to celebrate at OSFC this year as pass rates and high grades are up on the previous year’s strong results in the context of the more challenging new A Level exams.
Whilst the national pass rate has declined, OSFC’s A Level pass rate is up and once again above the national rate at over 98 per cent. OSFC has achieved their best ever high grades at A Level, with a fan- tastic four per cent increase on last year.
The college continues to build on its superb record for A Level studies, with over 250 students achieving at least AAA or equivalent.
The college aims to provide unrivalled support to students of all abilities and this was rewarded in 2017 when they won the Social Mobility prize at the prestigious Ed- ucate North Awards, highlighting their year on year success in helping the young people of Oldham attain grades that allow them to progress to university and employment.
Within the range of support, there is the Oxbridge Group, for applicants to Oxford or Cambridge University, the Varsity Pro- gramme, for students targeting places on the most competitive courses at the UK’s top (‘Russell Group’) universities, alongside the Aspiring Medics Programme (AMP) and Aspiring Lawyers Programme (ALP), for those wanting to follow those challenging career paths.
The success of the students participating in these projects has been highly impressive and in 2018, an amazing 93 per cent of 132
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Varsity Programme students achieved high (A*-B) grades in their A Levels.
The college is proud to have maintained
a very broad curriculum offer and a four AS Level programme in Year 12, giving students a full external exam experience in their first year, a greater number of qualifications than offered by most sixth form providers and flexibility about subject choices on progres- sion through to Year 13. AS Level results are also strong in 2018, with increases in both pass rate and high grades.
As has been the case for many years now, there was a superb 100 per cent pass rate by students completing vocational/applied general courses. The high grade rate for
students taking the Extended Diploma is a brilliant 94 per cent, with over 700 Distinc- tion* or Distinction grades achieved, which are the equivalent of A*/A grades.
A substantial number of students complet- ed ‘blended’ programmes, combining A Level and applied courses and have achieved excellent results in these.
Our students have secured places at Oxbridge and other Russell Group univer- sities and there are many other superb outcomes in terms of both progression to a wide range of universities and to other excel- lent options including apprenticeships, gap years, art foundation courses and directly into employment.
Jayne Clarke, OSFC Principal, said: “This is a fantastic set of results. There has been a greater level of uncertainty about outcomes with linear exams and the new tougher A Level specifications.
“I am very proud of the achievements of our students. To have seen improvements in both pass rates and high grades in this con- text is outstanding and testament to the hard work and dedication of both the students and our staff, who have supported students wonderfully well.
“We wish all our students the very best of luck on the next steps in their futures, wheth- er this be at university, on an apprenticeship or in employment.”
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