Another year of outstanding results as OSFC prepares to turn 25

17th August 2017 by OSFC. Comments (0)

As the college celebrates its 25th anniversary, staff and students are delighted with yet another set of sparkling results.  Despite national uncertainty and concerns about declining results due to curriculum reform, the college’s A level outcomes are almost identical to last year’s outstanding results.

With an A level pass rate above the national average at 98% and almost half of the students achieving high grades, the college has maintained its excellent record for A level studies.  The college has continued to offer AS levels, and is very pleased with another strong year of AS level results.

A brilliant 47 AS and A level subjects gained a perfect 100% pass rate, a further increase on last year’s very high figure. Students have secured places at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities and there are many other superb outcomes in terms of both progression to a wide range of universities and to other excellent options including apprenticeships, gap years, Art Foundation courses and directly into employment.

As was the case last year, over 800 high grades were achieved at A level, a fantastic performance.  Across both AS and A level, there were nearly 1600 top grades.

As has been the case for many years now, there was a superb 100% pass rate by students completing vocational subjects, with nearly 600 Distinction or Distinction* grades achieved, which are the equivalent of A grades.  In total 79 courses at the College have a perfect 100% pass rate.

Jayne Clarke, OSFC Principal, said “I am so proud of the achievements of our students, particularly in the context of so much uncertainty with the new A levels this year.  To have achieved another fantastic set of results is really brilliant 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, whether this be at university, on an apprenticeship or in employment.”

This year sees the first year of results for the new A Levels.  Changes to A Levels have been underway since last September. New-style A Levels were introduced in September 2015 for: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature, History, Physics, Psychology and Sociology.  Whilst the government has been clear that the ‘Gold Standard’ of A Levels has been maintained they are now linear, which means that all exams are taken at the end of the course.   Different subjects are being updated in different years, with the last set of reformed results in August 2019.  In the meantime, comparisons between old and new style A Levels are difficult to make, coupled with the fact that different organisations have different models of delivery, with some having moved away from AS Level options and others retaining this model.  Caution must therefore be used when making comparisons, both with previous years and between subjects and organisations.

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