Congratulations to our students on achieving incredible successes in 2023.
Despite a national picture of results moving back towards pre-pandemic levels, A level students’ achievement rates at WQE have risen again, above the levels of 2022. This has helped the vast majority of students to confirm their higher education places, including for some of the most competitive courses. We are so proud of our students for the achievements that their incredible determination, effort and resilience deserve.
We have watched our students take it all in their stride, grow and flourish as people and seen them make the academic progress that will now enable their next steps to be taken with confidence.
82.6% of our students gained a high A*-C grade this year, above pre-pandemic levels and up on last year too. A remarkable achievement in the context of the emerging national picture this year. Twenty-eight of those students were awarded a full set of A*and Distinction* grades across all three or four advanced level courses they have taken. Furthermore, by the time of results being released 213 students had already secured a placed at one of the most prestigious Sutton 30 Universities.
For most, we know that their progression will now be on to higher levels of study at university, while others will have plans to develop their professional careers directly in the workplace, such as through apprenticeships.
The college is extremely proud to have a key focus on preparing young professionals. The next important steps towards prestigious professional careers are now becoming possible as a result of the student successes this year. On results morning alone, 60 were already confirmed with places to study Law, 56 to study Accountancy, 42 heading to their next steps in Engineering, and 21 to study Economics, Banking or Actuarial Science. Large numbers are heading into medical fields at University too, with 20 securing pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Science places, at least 16 confirmed places to study Medicine or Optometry and a further 20 to Biomedical sciences, with 17 others securing places for Nursing or Paramedic Sciences.
Whatever their next steps, the WQE staff and I wish them all continued success. The 2023 cohort have really earned their successes and they will rightly spend some time in the coming days celebrating and looking ahead to realising long held ambitions and exciting next steps in their plans.